Mahendra Singh Dhoni or as he is commonly known as MS Dhoni is an Indian cricketer who represents India on the International stage. On the domestic level, Dhoni plays first-class cricket for Jharkhand.
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Table of Contents
- Biography - About MS Dhoni
- MS Dhoni - Along the Years
- MS Dhoni: Records
- MS Dhoni : Awards and Accolades
- World Cup winning Captain
Biography - About MS Dhoni
Dhoni used to captain the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He has led India to 2007 ICC World Twenty20 victory, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cup victories, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup victory and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy victory. He is also the present captain of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni is wicket-keeper batsman and bats in the middle order. Dhoni is one of the few cricketers with more than 10,000 runs in ODIs. Experts deem Dhoni to be one of the best "finishers" in limited-overs formats in World Cricket. Many also regarded him as one of the best wicket-keepers in modern limited-overs international cricket.
MS Dhoni - Along the Years
|2005||24||International Test Debut|
|2007||26||Captained India to first World T20 victory|
|2008||26||IPL Debut : Chennai Super Kings|
|2009||27||Captained Chennai Super Kings to first IPL victory|
|2009||28||Led India to #1. Test Ranking|
|2009||28||Awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour|
|2010||28||Captained Chennai Super Kings to second IPL victory|
|2011||30||Captained India to their World Cup victory|
|2013||33||Captained India to Champions Trophy victory|
|2018||36||Captained Chennai Super Kings to second IPL victory|
|2018||37||Awarded the Padma Bhushan, India's third highest civilian honour|
|2020||39||Retired from all forms of international cricket|
MS Dhoni: Records
- Led India to #1. Test cricket rankings for the first time, in 2009.
- Most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins.
- Most overseas Test defeats by an Indian captain - 15.
- First Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 Test runs.
- Third highest score by an Indian captain - 224 against Australia in Chennai.
- Fastest century scored by an Indian wicket-keeper, and fourth overall - 148 v Pak
- 50 sixes by an Indian captain.
- Most dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers - 294
- Most stumpings by any wicket-keeper in a Test career - 38
- Most dismissals in an innings by an Indian Wicket Keeper - 6 tied with Syed Kirmani
- Third captain (and the first non-Australian) overall to win 100 games.
- Fourth Indian to reach 10,000 ODI runs.
- First player to pass 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with having a career average of over 50.
- Dhoni has the fifth highest batting average (51.09) with more than 5,000 runs
- Most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 6 position - 4031
- Only player to score more than one hundred in ODI cricket when batting at number 7 position or lower - 2
- Most not outs in ODIs - 82
- First Indian and fifth overall to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.
- Highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODIs - 183* vs SL
- India's highest eighth wicket partnership in ODIs - 100 runs not out, Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
- Most unbeaten innings and highest average in successful ODI run-chases.
- Played the most matches in ODI history as captain who has also served as a wicket-keeper - 200
- Most dismissals in an innings by an Indian Wicket Keeper - 6
- Most dismissals in a career by an Indian Wicket Keeper career - 432
- Most stumpings by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career - 120
- First Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the feat.
- Most wins in T20Is as captain - 41
- Most matches as captain in T20Is - 72
- Most matches in T20I history as both captain and wicket-keeper - 72
- Most consecutive T20I innings without a duck - 84
- Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20I innings - 76 and scored the most runs - 1,153 before scoring a fifty.
- Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is - 87
- Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is - 54
- Most stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is - 33
- Most catches as wicketkeeper in a T20I inning - 5
Also see - Virat Kohli Biography
International records (combined ODI, Test and T20I)
- Most international matches as captain - 332
- Dhoni is the first, and so far only, wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game. His current total of stumpings in internationals stands at 161.
MS Dhoni : Awards and Accolades
- 2018: Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.
- 2009: Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian award.
- 2007−08: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest honor given for achievement in sports.
- ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009
- ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011-2014)
- ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
- Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011
Other honours and awards
- MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006
- LG People's Choice Award: 2013
- Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011
Dhoni was selected in 1998 by Deval Sahay to play for the Central CoalFields Limited (CCL) team. This was the first time that Dhoni stepped into professional cricket. Dhoni showed exceptional talent which impressed Deval Sahay who used his contacts in Bihar Cricket Association to push for his selection in the Bihar team.
Dhoni debuted for senior Bihar Ranji Team for the 1999–2000 season. He was also included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998–99 season where he scored 176 runs in 7 innings from 5 matches. Dhoni however was not picked for the East Zone U-19 squad (CK Nayudu Trophy) or Rest of India squad (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy). Dhoni made first class debut in Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season. He was just eighteen-year-old at that moment.
After playing Ranji Trophy for over three years, Dhoni was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone. It was then that Dhoni stepped into the limelight. Dhoni was scouted by BCCI's small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW and discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar. Dhoni was selected for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. His performances in that tour earned him the attention of the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri.
Dhoni's services were contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million in IPL's inaugural season in 2008. He was the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions. Dhoni captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in 2010 and 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles.
After the CSK was banned for two years, Dhoni was subsequently bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for US$1.9 Million in 2016. He was the captain that year but after his team finished in 7th place he was replaced by Steven Smith.
MS Dhoni’s CSK reached the final for a record 8th time in 2019 but was stopped by a resurgent Mumbai Indians side which won the final by a whisker.
Dhoni arrived on the international stage when Indian ODI team was struggling to find it's Wicketkeeper-Batsman. We saw Rahul Dravid in 2000s and then the arrival of wicket-keeper/batsman from the junior ranks such as Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik. But they didn't fit the team combination well. Then came in Dhoni, who was picked for the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05.
Dhoni had the most disastrous start to a career which anyone can ever ask for. Getting run out for a duck on debut is the last thing you want. But, despite ordinary performances in his inaugural series against Bangladesh cricket team, Dhoni was selected for the series against Pakistan. Dhoni scored his first century in his fifth one-day international. He scored 148 in Visakhapatnam off only 123 deliveries. And thus began the Dhoni era.
His last ODI inning came against New Zealand in the 2019 WC Semifinal where he ended his ODI journey in the same way he started--with a runout. Although there were speculations that MSD will stage a comeback after the 2020 IPL, the unforeseeable circumstances due to COVID-19 ensured that MS Dhoni played his last international game without any farewell.
Dhoni's performances in ODIs against Sri Lanka opened the doors for Test Cricket for him. Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 and was the last man standing in his 30 run journey in his debut test innings. Dhoni went on to score his maiden half-century in the second Test. He was very aggressive with it too, as the half century came off 51 balls. We witnessed the Dhoni in making who was soon going to lead India to the number 1 spot in Tests.
T20 International Career
Dhoni was selected for India's first-ever Twenty20 international match. The match was played against South Africa in December 2006. Although Dhoni was out for a duck, he contributed to India's victory with one catch and a runout. The very next year, Ms Dhoni was chosen to lead a young Indian team, in the first-ever World T20 in 2007. On 24 September 2007, Dhoni became the second Indian captain to have won a World Cup in any format of cricket, after Kapil Dev.
World Cup winning Captain
MS Dhoni is India's only two-time World Cup winning captain, leading the team to victory on two occasions which involved two different format. He led a young Indian team to the first ever T20 World Cup victory in South Africa in 2007. Dhoni then led India to their second ODI World Cup victory in 2011. He was also awarded man of the match in the finals against Sri Lanka for his score of 91 not out. The bat which was used by Dhoni in the final match was auctioned for a whopping ₹ 72 Lac. The entire sum of money went to Sakshi Rawat Foundation which was operated by Dhoni's wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children.
Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand). He was raised in a Hindu Rajput family. His parents belonged to the village of Lwali is in the Lamgara block of Almora District, Uttarakhand. Dhoni's father, Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON.
Dhoni has a sister named Jayanti Gupta and a brother named Narendra Singh Dhoni. On 4 July, 2010, Dhoni got married to his schoolmate from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Sakshi Singh Rawat. The couple gave birth to a beautiful girl on 6 February 2015 and named her Ziva.
MS Dhoni is a qualified paratrooper in the Indian army after he completed five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp in 2019.