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MS Dhoni on the cusp of becoming the first captain to win three World Cups

Press Trust of India
Apr 06, 2014 at 08:31am IST

Mirpur: In sublime form through the tournament, India would be aiming to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 title for a second time but a gutsy Sri Lanka stands in the way in what promises to be an exciting summit clash between the subcontinental rivals on Sunday.

While Team India will be seeking to become the first country to win two World T20 titles, the team's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself has a chance of walking into the pages of the record books by becoming the first captain to win three World titles.

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Australia's Ricky Ponting and West Indies' Clive Lloyd were the other two captains who have led the team to two world titles.

MS Dhoni on the cusp of becoming the first captain to win three World Cups

Also, Team India will create history if they win the WT20 on Sunday as it will make them the first team to hold all three limited-overs ICC titles at the same time.

History beckons Team India as well. After sealing victory in the 2011 50-over World Cup final in Mumbai, Dhoni led India to Champions Trophy glory in England two years later. They now stand just one match away from becoming the first country to hold three major one-day titles at the same time.

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Life will certainly come full circle for Dhoni if he lifts the coveted trophy at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Sunday. In 2007, he had led a young team whom nobody gave a chance, to a brilliant triumph.

Since then, India became the No 1 ranked Test nation, won the 2011 World Cup and now they are back in World T20 finals. It started with the shortest format and it will certainly be an enriching experience being in that zone again for MSD and his boys.

While current form and history of winning big finals certainly make the 'Men In Blue' favourites, one can't simply rule out the prophetic statement made by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy.

"Almighty wants Mahela and Sanga to win a World Cup and leave on a high," he had said after the semi-final loss against Sri Lanka.

The Indian team has had a dream run in this tournament so far, winning five straight matches including the semi-final with an authoritative display.

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