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MS Dhoni
Personal information
Full nameMahendra Singh Dhoni
Born (1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 40)
Ranchi, Bihar(now in Jharkhand), India
NicknameMahi, Captain Cool,[1] Thala[2]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
BattingRight-handed
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleWicket-keeper batsman
Relations
Sakshi Dhoni
(m. 2010)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 251)2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 158)23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI9 July 2019 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.7
T20I debut (cap 2)1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I27 February 2019 v Australia
T20I shirt no.7
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1999–2004Bihar cricket team
2004/05–presentJharkhand
2008–2015
2018–present
Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 7)
2016–2017Rising Pune Supergiant (squad no. 7)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 90 350 98
Runs scored 4,876 10,773 1,617
Batting average 38.09 50.53 37.60
100s/50s 6/33 10/73 0/2
Top score 224 183* 56
Balls bowled 96 36
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average 31.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 256/38 321/123 57/34
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 15 August 2020

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), is a former international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is currently the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), a franchise based team of Indian Premier League. Having won the triple ICC limited-overs tournament as captain (inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy) and bringing Indian cricket team to number one position in ICC test rankings in 2009,[3] Dhoni is often considered as the greatest captain of Indian cricket team.[4] Furthermore, he led CSK to win 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 edition of IPL, becoming second most successful IPL captain after Rohit Sharma.

Dhoni made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. In 2007, he took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid. In test cricket his captaincy record was mixed, successfully leading India to series win against New Zealand (in 2009) and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (home series in 2010 and 2013) against Australia while losing to Sri Lanka, Australia, England, and South Africa by big margins in away conditions. He announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014[5] and captain of limited-overs game in 2017. Virat Kohli succeeded him as captain in both cases.

Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020.[6][7][8] In September 2021, Dhoni was named as the Mentor of India for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[9][10]

Early life and background

Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand),[11] and he hails from a Hindu Rajput family.[12] His paternal village Lwali is in Jainti tehsil, Lamgara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand.[13] Dhoni's father is Pan Singh and his mother is Devaki Devi.[14] His parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, Bihar where his father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON. He has a sister Jayanti Gupta and an elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni.[15][16] [17] His uncle, Pan Singh's brother, Ganapat Singh Dhauni lives in Lwali. Dhoni's uncle and cousins spell their surname as Dhauni but Mahendra Singh spells as Dhoni.[13]

He is a fan of Adam Gilchrist, and his childhood idols were cricket teammate Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar[18][19]

Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998). Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well.[16] Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard.[20]

He was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal.[21][22] His colleagues remember him as a very honest, straightforward employee of the Indian Railways. But Dhoni also had a mischievous side to his personality. Once, while staying at the railway quarters, Dhoni and a couple of his friends covered themselves in white bedsheets and walked around in the complex late in the night. The night guards were fooled into believing that there were ghosts moving around in the complex. The story made big news on the next day.[23][24][25]

Early career

Junior cricket in Bihar

In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team.[26] Till 1998 Dhoni, who was in class 12th in school, had played only school cricket and club cricket and no professional cricket. One of the famous episodes, when Dhoni used to play for CCL, was when Deval Sahay used to gift him Rs 50 for each six that he hit in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches.[27] Playing for CCL, he got a chance to bat up the order. He grabbed the opportunity and scored centuries and helped CCL move to the A division.[28] Deval Sahay impressed by his hard-hitting shots and dedication, used his contacts in Bihar Cricket Association to push for his selection in the Bihar team.[29] Deval Sahay, an ex Bihar Cricket Association Vice-president, was the Ranchi District Cricket President at that time and was instrumental in pushing Dhoni to the big stage of Ranchi team, junior Bihar cricket team and eventually senior Bihar Ranji Team for the 1999–2000 season. Within 1 year, Dhoni moved from playing in CCL to the Bihar Ranji team.[30][31] Dhoni has credited Deval Sahay for instilling discipline in him.[32] Dhoni was included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998–99 season and scored 176 runs in 5 matches (7 innings) as the team finished fourth in the group of six and did not make it to the quarter-finals. Dhoni 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). Bihar U-19 cricket team advanced to the finals of 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy, where Dhoni made 84 to help Bihar post a total of 357.[33] Bihar's efforts were dwarfed by Punjab U-19s' 839 with Dhoni's future national squad teammate Yuvraj Singh making 358.[34][35] Dhoni's contribution in the tournament included 488 runs (9 matches, 12 innings), 5 fifties, 17 catches and 7 stumpings.[36] Dhoni made it to the East Zone U-19 squad for the CK Nayudu trophy[37] but scored only 97 runs[38] in four matches, as East Zone lost all four matches and finished last in the tournament.[39]

Bihar cricket team

Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season, as an eighteen-year-old. He made a half century in his debut match scoring 68* in the second innings against Assam cricket team.[40] Dhoni finished the season with 283 runs in 5 matches. Dhoni scored his maiden first-class century while playing for Bihar against Bengal in the 2000/01 season, this match ended as draw[41] Apart from this century, his performance in the 2000/01 season[42] did not include another score over fifty and in the 2001/02 season, he scored just five fifties in four Ranji matches.[43]

Jharkhand cricket team

Dhoni's performance in the 2002–03 season included three half-centuries in the Ranji Trophy and a couple of half-centuries in the Deodhar Trophy, as he started gaining recognition for his lower-order contribution as well as hard-hitting batting style. In the 2003/04 season, Dhoni scored a century (128*) against Assam in the first match of the Ranji ODI tournament. Dhoni was part of the East Zone squad that won the Deodhar Trophy 2003–2004 season[44][45] and contributed with 244 runs in 4 matches,[46] including a century (114) against Central zone.[47]

In the Duleep Trophy finals, Dhoni was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone.[48] He scored a fighting half-century in the second innings in a losing cause.[49] Dhoni's talent was discovered via the BCCI's small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW. Dhoni was discovered by TRDO[50] Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw Dhoni play for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.[51]

India A team

He was recognised for his efforts in the 2003/04 season, especially in the One Day format and was picked for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya.[52] Against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club, Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings in the match.[53] In the tri-nation tournament involving Kenya, India A and Pakistan A, Dhoni helped India A chase down their target of 223 against Pakistan A with a half-century.[54] Continuing his good performance, he scored back to back centuries – 120[55] and 119*[56] – against the same team. Dhoni scored 362 runs in 6 innings at an average of 72.40 and his performance in the series received attention from the then Indian captain – Sourav Ganguly[57] and Ravi Shastri, amongst others.

International career

Start of ODI career

The Indian ODI team in the early 2000s saw Rahul Dravid as the wicket-keeper to ensure that the wicket-keeper spot didn't lack in batting talent.[57] The team also saw the entry of wicket-keeper/batsmen from the junior ranks, with talents like Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik (both India U-19 captains) named in the Test squads.[57] With Dhoni making a mark in the India A squad, he was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05.[58] Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck on debut.[59] In spite of an average series against Bangladesh, Dhoni was picked for the Pakistan ODI series.[60]

Breakthrough

In the second match of the series, Dhoni, in his fifth one-day international, scored 148 in Visakhapatnam off only 123 deliveries. Dhoni's 148 surpassed the earlier record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper,[61] a record that he would re-write before the end of the year.

Dhoni had few batting opportunities in the first two games of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series (October–November 2005) and was promoted to No. 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur). Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and, in reply, India lost Tendulkar early. Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India.[62] The innings was described in Wisden Almanack (2006) as 'Uninhibited, yet anything but crude'.[63] The innings set various records including the highest individual score in ODI cricket in the second innings,[64] a record only broken after seven years by Shane Watson.[65] Dhoni ended the series with the highest run aggregate (346)[66] and was awarded the Man of the Series award for his efforts. In December 2005, Dhoni was rewarded a B-grade contract by the BCCI.[67]

Dhoni bowling in the nets. He rarely bowled at international level.

India scored 328 in 50 overs with Dhoni contributing 68 in their first match of 2006 against Pakistan. However, the team finished poorly scoring just 43 runs in the last eight overs and lost the match due to Duckworth-Lewis method.[68] In the third match of the series, Dhoni came in with India in a precarious situation and scored 72 runs off just 46 balls that included 13 boundaries to help India take a 2–1 lead in the series.[69][70] The final match of the series had a repeat performance as Dhoni scored 77 runs off 56 balls to enable India win the series 4–1.[71] Due to his consistent ODI performances, Dhoni overtook Ricky Ponting as number one in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen on 20 April 2006 becoming the fastest batsman to do so, in 42 innings.[72] His reign lasted just a week as Adam Gilchrist's performance against Bangladesh moved him to the top spot.[73]

Two cancelled series in Sri Lanka, one due to the withdrawal of South Africa from the Unitech Cup due to security concerns[74] and the replacement three-match ODI bilateral series against Sri Lanka washed due to rain,[75] was India's prelude to another disappointing tournament – DLF Cup 2006-07. Dhoni scored 43 runs as the team lost twice in three games and did not qualify for the finals. India's lack of preparation showed in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy as they lost to West Indies and Australia, though Dhoni scored a half-century against West Indies. The story of the ODI series in South Africa was the same for both Dhoni and India as Dhoni scored 139 runs in 4 matches and India lost the series 4–0. From the start of the West Indies ODI series, Dhoni had played 16 matches, hit just two fifties and averaged 25.93. Dhoni received criticism on his wicket-keeping technique from former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani.[76] Yet, for his performances in 2006, he was named in the World ODI XI by the ICC.[77]

2007 World Cup

Preparations for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded identical 3–1 victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had averages in excess of 100 in both these series.[78]

India unexpectedly crashed out of the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage. Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored just 29 runs in the tournament. After the loss to Bangladesh in 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalised and damaged by political activists of JMM.[79] The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World Cup in the first round.[80]

Dhoni put his disappointing performances in the World Cup behind him by scoring 91* against Bangladesh, after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase. Dhoni was declared the Man of the Match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket. He was also later adjudged the Man of the Series after the third game of the series was washed away. Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, scoring 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.00, with a blitzkrieg 139 not out off 97 balls, a Man of the Match innings, in the third ODI.

Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England seven-match ODI series.[81] Dhoni, who received a 'B' grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an 'A' grade contract in June 2007. He was also elected as the captain of the Indian squad for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. On 2 September 2007, Dhoni equalled his idol Adam Gilchrist's international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching five English players and stumping one.[82]

Rise through ranks

During the series between India and Australia in 2009, Dhoni hit an aggressive 124 runs in just 107 balls, in the second ODI, and a measured knock of 71 runs in 95 balls, along with Yuvraj Singh and saw India home by 6 wickets in the third ODI. Dhoni took his first and only wicket in international cricket on 30 September 2009. He bowled Travis Dowlin of the West Indies during a match in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.[83]

Dhoni batting against South Africa during the group stage match of 2013 ICC Champions Trophy

Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months in 2009. Michael Hussey from Australia replaced him at the top spot at the beginning of 2010.[84]

Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009, scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings, at an astonishing average of 70.43. Dhoni was also the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 along with Ricky Ponting, but the latter having played 30 innings. For his performances in 2009, he was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the World ODI XI by the ICC.[85]

Post 2011 World Cup

In 2012, Pakistan toured India for a bilateral series for the first time in five years. In the three-match ODI series, Dhoni top-scored for India in all three innings; however, India lost the series 1–2. In the first ODI at Chennai, he helped India recover from 29/5 to help post a total of 227 in 50 overs. Playing a knock of 113 not out, he had a record partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin, although in a losing cause.[86]

Winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, Dhoni became the first and the only captain in international cricket to claim all ICC trophies. In the rain-shortened final against England, he was out for a duck and thus ending up the tournament with 27 runs from two innings. However, his field placements and tactics came handy, the team was successful beating the opposition by five runs (D/L method).[87] He was also named as captain and wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' by the ICC.[88]

Just after the Champions Trophy, India toured West Indies for a tri-nation tournament against West Indies and Sri Lanka.[89] Dhoni got injured in the start of the tournament itself and got ruled out for the whole tournament. However, despite not having fully recovered, he returned to play the final against Sri Lanka, once again only to find himself become a hero after single-handedly taking India to a victory by just one wicket. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 off 52 balls while scoring 16 runs in the final over required for the victory. He was adjudged Man of the match for this performance.[90]

In November 2013, Dhoni became the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1,000 or more ODI-runs against Australia.[91]

India toured South Africa and New Zealand in the 2013–14 season and ending up losing both series, 0–2 and 0–4, respectively. Against South Africa, Dhoni managed 84 runs at an average of 48.0, including one half-century. Against New Zealand, he managed 272 runs which included three consecutive 50-plus scores. In the third match of the series, his knock of 50 helped India tie the match and eventually avoiding a series whitewash. Meanwhile, he scored his 8000th run in ODI cricket on the tour.[92]

India won the away ODI series in England in 2014 by 3–1 and series against West Indies in India by 2–1 margin. Dhoni had a good performance with the bat scoring a half-century in each of the series.[citation needed]

2015 World Cup

India's preparation, going into the tournament, looked poor as India failed badly in the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia, failing to win a single match. Dhoni himself managed just 70 runs from three innings averaging 23.34.[93][94]

During the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all group stage matches in such a tournament. India achieved wins against arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa (whom they hadn't beaten before in a World Cup game), the UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe. In the match against Zimbabwe at Eden Park, he made 85 not out chasing 288 and had an unbeaten partnership of 196 with Suresh Raina. This is the highest score by an Indian captain on New Zealand soil. Beating Bangladesh in the quarter finals, he became the third overall and the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches. In an unsuccessful effort against eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals, he made 65 as India were unable to defend their title. Dhoni, however, performed well with the bat by scoring 237 runs in 6 innings at an average of 59.25 and a strike rate of 102.15 and thus, became only the 2nd Indian captain to have an average over 50 and strike rate over 100 in a particular season of the World Cup.[95][96][97][98]

Stepping down as captain and thereafter

Dhoni stepped down as captain of India in the limited over formats in January 2017, just ahead of the ODI series at home against England.[99] In the second game of the series, he scored 134 off 122 balls, that included a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket along with Yuvraj Singh. The century, his tenth in ODIs, was his first in over three years.[100] He was named as a wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2017 Champions Trophy by Cricbuzz.[101] He was also named in the ODI XI of the year by Cricbuzz.[102]

In August that year, during the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, he became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings surpassing Kumar Sangakkara, when he stumped Akila Dananjaya off Yuzvendra Chahal.[103] He reached the milestone of effecting 400 dismissals in ODIs in February 2018, following the stumping of Aiden Markram in the third ODI of the South Africa tour.[104]

Dhoni went past 10,000 ODI runs in the second ODI against England during his team's 2018 tour, and became the fourth Indian and twelfth overall to do so.[105] He had a relatively mediocre series, having scored 79 runs in two innings at a lowly strike rate of 63.20.[106][107] This was followed by two poor outings for him in the ODI format; the Asia Cup that he finished with 77 runs in four innings at an average of 19.25[108] and the home series against West Indies where he aggregated 50 runs from three innings.[109] Dhoni was given rest and thus wasn't available for the selection of the T20I squads for the series that followed and the Australia tour later that season.[110] However, he was included in the squad named for the ODI series there.[111] In the three-match series, Dhoni found form and scored half-centuries in all three games with the latter two resulting in wins, helping India secure a 2–1 series victory, their first in a bilateral series on Australian soil. Dhoni finished with 193 runs and was named player of the series. He also became the fourth Indian to score more than 1,000 ODI runs there.[112]

In April 2019, he was named in India's squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.[113][114] In July 2019, in India's semi-final match against New Zealand, Dhoni played in his 350th ODI.[115]

Test career

Following his good one-day performance against Sri Lanka, Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian teams' Test wicket-keeper.[116] Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match, that was marred by rain. Dhoni came to the crease when the team was struggling at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling around him, he played an aggressive innings in which he was the last man to be dismissed.[117] Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate (half century came off 51 balls) helped India set a target of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247.[118]

India toured Pakistan in January–February 2006 and Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad. India was in a tight spot when Dhoni along with Irfan Pathan tried to steady the ship, with the team still needing 107 runs to avoid a follow-on. Dhoni played in his naturally aggressive style as he brought up his maiden Test hundred in just 93 balls after scoring the first fifty in just 34 deliveries.[119]

Dhoni followed up the century with some prosaic batting performances over the next three matches, one against Pakistan that India lost and two against England that had India holding a 1–0 lead. Dhoni was the top scorer in India's first innings in the third Test at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 helped India post a respectable 279 in reply to England's 400. However, Dhoni and the Indian fielders dropped catches and missed many dismissal chances, including a key stumping opportunity of Andrew Flintoff (14).[120] Dhoni failed to collect the Harbhajan Singh delivery cleanly as Flintoff went on to make 36 more runs as England set a target of 313 for the home team, a target that India was never in danger of threatening. A batting collapse saw the team being dismissed for 100 and Dhoni scored just 5 runs and faced criticism for his wicket-keeping lapses as well as his shot selection.

Dhoni behind the stumps

On the West Indies tour in 2006, Dhoni scored a quick and aggressive 69 in the first Test at Antigua. The rest of the series was unremarkable for Dhoni as he scored 99 runs in the remaining 6 innings but his wicket-keeping skills improved and he finished the series with 13 catches and 4 stumpings. In the Test series in South Africa later that year, Dhoni's scores of 34 and 47 were not sufficient to save the second Test against the Proteas, as India lost the series 2–1, squandering the chance to build on their first ever Test victory in South Africa (achieved in the first Test match). Dhoni's bruised hands ruled him out of the third Test match.[121]

On the fourth day of the first Test match at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua during India's tour of West Indies, 2006, Dhoni's flick off Dave Mohammed to the midwicket region was caught by Daren Ganga. As the batsman started to walk back, captain Dravid declared the innings when the confusion started as the umpires were not certain if the fielder stepped on the ropes and Dhoni stayed for the umpire's verdict. While the replays were inconclusive, the captain of the West Indies side, Brian Lara, wanted Dhoni to walk off based on the fielder's assertion of the catch. The impasse continued for more than 15 minutes and Lara's temper was on display with finger-wagging against the umpires and snatching the ball from umpire Asad Rauf. Ultimately, Dhoni walked off and Dravid's declaration was effected but the game was delayed, and Lara's action was criticised by the commentators and former players. Lara was summoned by the match referee to give an explanation of his actions, but he was not fined.[122]

Dhoni scored two centuries in Sri Lanka's tour of India in 2009, a series of three matches in which he led India to a 2–0 victory. With this feat, India soared up to the number one position in Test cricket for the first time in history. India scored 726–9 (decl) in the third match of this series, which was their highest Test total then.[123]

He played his last series in the 2014–15 season in India's tour of Australia captaining India in the second and third tests; losing the second and drawing the third, trailing the series 2–0 before the Sydney Test. Following the third Test in Melbourne, Dhoni announced his retirement from the format.[124][125] In his last Test, he effected nine dismissals (eight catches and a stumping), and in the process, went past Kumar Sangakkara in the record for stumpings with 134 (in all three formats combined).[126] He also set a record for effecting the most dismissals in a match by an Indian wicketkeeper until it was broken by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018.[127] He finished his last innings unbeaten making 24 runs.

T20I career

On 12 February 2012, Dhoni made an unbeaten 44 to guide India to their first win over Australia at Adelaide. In the final over, he hit a monstrous six which travelled 112 meters off the bowling of Clint McKay. During the post-match presentation, he described this six as more important than the one he hit during the ICC World Cup final in 2011.[128]

He was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2014 T20 World Cup by the ICC.[129]

2007 ICC World Twenty20

MS Dhoni was chosen to lead India in first-ever World T20 in 2007. He made his captaincy debut against Scotland but the match was washed off. Thereon, he led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy in South Africa, with a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on 24 September 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World Cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev.[130]

Retirement from international cricket

Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020 on the day of India's 74th independence.[131] He did so by posting a video on Instagram that contained pictures from both the best and the worst moments of his career with the song Mai Pal do Pal ka Shayar Hoon playing in the background. The video had been captioned as "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired".[132]

In November 2020, Dhoni was nominated for the ICC Men's ODI Cricketer of the Decade and ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade.[133][134] Eventually, Dhoni was voted as winner of the ICC Spirit of Cricket Award of the Decade.[135]

Mentor of Team India during T20 WC 2021

MS Dhoni has been roped in as mentor of Indian cricket team for the 2021 ICC Men's T20 World Cup in UAE.[136][137] This will be Dhoni's first engagement with Team India after the Cricket World 2019 Semi-final.[138]

Domestic career

On 23 December 2015, Delhi vs Jharkhand, in Vijay Hazare trophy Dhoni scored 70 (108) runs at 2nd quarter final at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Jharkhand lost that match.[139]

In 2017 Dhoni scored 129 (107) against Chhattisgarh at Eden gardens stadium in Kolkata in Vijay Hazare trophy, a one-day match tournament.[140]

He debuted in first class and List A Cricket in the season of 1999-2000. In domestic cricket circuit he played for the teams such as Bihar, Jharkhand, India A, Air India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, East Zone, Rest of India, East zone under 19, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant.[141]

World Cup

Dhoni has captained India in two World Cups. Under his captaincy, India won the World Cup in 2011.[142]

2007 Cricket World Cup

Dhoni played his first ODI World Cup in 2007 in the Caribbean.

2011 Cricket World Cup

MS Dhoni doing fielding at practice session

The bat used by Dhoni in the final match was sold for 72 Lac. The money goes to Sakshi Rawat Foundation, operated by Dhoni's wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children.[143]

2015 Cricket World Cup

For the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, Dhoni was named the captain of the 30-member squad by the BCCI in December 2014.[144] Under his captaincy, India was able to go through to the semi-finals with ease, beating Bangladesh in the quarter-finals. However, they lost to host Australia in the semi-finals held at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The team won 7 consecutive matches in this world cup and won 11 consecutive matches overall in world cups. With the win against Bangladesh, he became the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches, and the first Indian captain to achieve the mark. He is also the third captain to win 100 matches, after two Australians, Ricky Ponting, and Allan Border.[145]

2019 Cricket World Cup

Dhoni was named in the 15-man squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup held in England and Wales.

2021 Men's T20 World Cup UAE Oman

BCCI secretary Jay Shah picked Dhoni as Indian team's mentor for 2021 T20 world cup at UAE Oman. He agreed to mentor of the team only for this tournament.[146]

Indian Premier League

MS Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings colors in 2011.

Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million. This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions.[147] Under his captaincy, Chennai Super Kings won the 2010, 2011, 2018 and the 2021 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles.[148]

MS Dhoni became the first player to play 200 T20 matches for Chennai Super Kings. The former India captain is already on top of the list of most matches played in the Indian Premier League.[149] Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also one of the only three captains to have won the Indian Premier League twice, with Chennai Super Kings.[150]

In 2013 Chennai Super Kings was banned from IPL for 2 years by R.M. Lodha committee of supreme court of India. It was banned due to the illigal betting of their official Gurunath Meiyappan.[151] He was arrested on the charges of spot-fixing[152] According to Mahendra Singh it was darkest period of his career. He said “The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match-fixing”.[153][154]

In the 2018 IPL season, Chennai Super Kings returned to IPL, and Dhoni was again selected to lead the franchise. Dhoni scored 455 runs in the tournament and led his side to their third IPL title.[155]

Playing style

Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Dhoni is an unorthodox batsman in the sense that much of his batting technique defies the coaching manuals. Dhoni doesn't have a great footwork. He believes in muscling a full ball to Long-on, Long-off or Midwicket regions rather than driving it to the Cover region. Not only a great smasher of the full length balls, he also is a firm puller and hooker of the short balls, which makes it tough for the bowler to bowl to him. He holds the bat firmly at the bottom of the handle and tries to hit the ball hard and flat to clear the boundary. Yet, he manages to hit long sixes at times.[156][157][verification needed]

Initially, Dhoni appeared as a lower-order attacking batsman but he gradually changed his playing style to deal with high-pressure scenarios and his growing responsibility as a captain. He is a powerful hitter of the ball and is one of the fastest men in running between the wickets.[158] He made use of the helicopter shot technique,[159] taught to him by a fellow player and childhood friend Santosh Lal.[160][161]

His wicket-keeping skill is widely praised by cricket experts but also criticised for lack of good technique.[162][163] He has a world record for the highest number of stumpings by any wicket-keeper.[164] He has bowled in international cricket in just one or two instance.[165][unreliable source?]

As a captain Dhoni was approachable to players.[166] Former cricketers and opposition players underline that his behaviour on Cricket ground was calmed and composed. He use to allow bowlers to set field for themselves.[167][168]

Personal life

Dhoni with his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva.

Dhoni is an introvert and shy person.[166][169] He was a TTE in South Eastern railway from September 2001 to July 2004 in Kharagpur.[170]

His ancestral village is Lwali, which is in Jaiti taluka of Almora district of the Uttarakhand state. The village has population of 20 to 30 families. His father Pan Singh Dhoni left the village in 1970 for employment. He eventually settled in Ranchi. Dhoni's uncle Dhanpat Singh Dhauni and his cousin Hayat Singh Dhauni still live in Lwali.[171][172]

He married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his rumoured schoolmate in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali and a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on 4 July 2010.[173][174][175] At the time of their marriage, she was studying hotel management and was working as a trainee at the Taj Bengal, Kolkata. After the retirement of Sakshi's father from his tea growing business, her family shifted to their native place, Dehradun.[176]

The wedding took place one day after the couple got engaged.[177][178] According to the Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, a close friend[dubious ] of Dhoni, the wedding was planned for months and was not a spur of the moment decision.[179][better source needed] Dhoni became a father on 6 February 2015 to a baby girl named Ziva. At the time of her birth, Dhoni was in Australia as the captain of the Indian team with 2015 Cricket World Cup only a week away. He decided not to travel back to India and was famously quoted saying that "I am on national duty, everything else can wait."[180]

He mostly stays at his farmhouse in Ranchi, Jharkhand. His house is built in an area of 7 acres. He has a special glass walled room, where he keeps his superbikes. He is a pet lover and has kept quite a few dogs and horses in his farmhouse. He spends his most of the time in his farmhouse with his daughter and wife. The house has a gymnasium, a lawn, a small swimming pool. Recently in 2021, Dhoni purchased a house in Estado presidential society in Ravet at Pimpri Chinchwad of Pune, Maharashtra. Another house is under-construction in Mumbai.[181][182][183]

Dhoni is a great enthusiast of the Indian Army. Spending a day with the parachute regiment in Ranchi, Dhoni said, "Since childhood I wanted to join the Army. Seeing the soldiers, I thought one day I'll be the same".[184][185] In his childhood, he used to visit army cantonment to watch the soldiers doing their routine.[186][187]

International records

Test cricket

  • Under Dhoni's captaincy, India topped the Test cricket rankings for the first time, in 2009.[188]
  • Dhoni has the most overseas Test defeats by an Indian captain, with 15.[189][190][191]
  • Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 Test runs.[192]
  • Dhoni's maiden century against Pakistan in Faisalabad (148) is the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket-keeper, and fourth overall.[193]
  • After hitting a six in the third Test against England in Southampton, Dhoni completed 50 sixes as a captain, an Indian record.[194]
  • Dhoni, with 294 dismissals in his career, ranks first in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers.[195]
  • Dhoni shares the record for most dismissals in an innings (6, with Syed Kirmani) and in a match (9) by an Indian wicket-keeper.[196]

ODI cricket

  • Dhoni is third captain (and the first non-Australian) overall to win 100 games.[145]
  • Fourth Indian to reach 10,000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid and also the second wicket-keeper to reach the milestone.[197]
  • First player to pass 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with having a career average of over 50.[198]
  • Dhoni has the fifth highest batting average (51.09), among cricketers with more than 5,000 runs and the second highest batting average among players with an aggregate of over 10,000 runs.[199]
  • Most career runs in ODI history when batting at number 6 position (4031)[200]
  • Only player to score more than one hundred in ODI cricket when batting at number 7 position or lower (Dhoni has 2 centuries at number 7).[201]
  • Most not outs (84) in ODIs.[202]
  • First Indian and fifth overall to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.[203]
  • Dhoni's 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper.[204]
  • Dhoni's 113 against Pakistan in Chennai in 2012 is the highest by a captain batting at number 7.[205]
  • Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were involved in a partnership of 100 not out against Sri Lanka, which is India's highest eighth wicket partnership in ODIs.[206]
  • Most unbeaten innings and highest average (among batsmen with more that 20 such innings) in successful ODI run-chases.[207]
  • Holds the record for playing the most matches in ODI history as captain who has also served as a wicket-keeper(200)[208]
  • Dhoni holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings (6) and career (432) by an Indian wicket-keeper.[209]
  • Dhoni has the most stumpings (120) by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career also in an innings (3) and is so far the only keeper to pass 100 stumpings[210][211]
  • First Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the feat.[212]

T20I Cricket

  • Most matches as captain in T20Is(72)[213]
  • Most matches in T20I history as both captain and wicket-keeper (72)[214]
  • Most consecutive T20I innings without a duck (84).[215]
  • Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20I innings (76) and scored the most runs(1,153) before scoring a fifty.[216][217][218]
  • Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is (87)[219]
  • Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is (54)[220]
  • Most stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is (33)[219]
  • Most catches as wicket keeper in a T20I innings (5)[221]

Combined ODI, Test and T20I

  • He has played the most international matches as captain (332)[222]
  • 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.[223][224]

Outside cricket

Sports-team ownerships

Along with Sahara India Pariwar, Dhoni is a co-owner of Ranchi-based hockey club Ranchi Rays, a franchise of the Hockey India League.[225]

Dhoni is also a co-owner, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, of Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC, a franchise of the Indian Super League.[226]

Dhoni's interest in bikes is often discussed in media.[227]

Business interests

In February 2016, Dhoni launched lifestyle brand SEVEN. Dhoni owns the footwear side of the brand and is also the brand ambassador of SEVEN.[228] In 2019, Dhoni invested in CARS24 and simultaneously became brand ambassador of the company.[229]

In June 2018, Pune-based decorative paint maker company Indigo Paints signed Dhoni as company's brand ambassador for three years. Dhoni featured in all the marketing and promotional campaigns of company, which planned to spend about Rs 240 crore on advertising for three years.[230][231]

Dhoni Entertainment

In 2019, Dhoni Entertainment entered into a long-term business agreement with Banijay Asia to produce content in various genres.[232] The first show developed was a documentary web series, titled Roar of The Lion, about the comeback of the Chennai Super Kings to lift the 2018 Indian Premier League starring MS Dhoni in the lead role.[233][234][235][236] The web series is the biggest ever release through the platform of Hotstar Specials and started its online streaming from 20 March 2019.[237]

Territorial Army

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen. V.K. Singh pipping in the Rank of Hon. Lt. Col. to M.S. Dhoni

Dhoni holds a honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army (106 Para TA battalion).[238][239][240][241] The honorary rank was presented to him by the Indian Army in 2011 for his service to the nation as a cricketer.[242]

After completing five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp, he became a qualified paratrooper in 2015.[243][244] In August 2019 he completed a two-week stint with the Territorial Army in Jammu and Kashmir.[245]

Awards and achievements

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri M.S. Dhoni on Monday, 2 April 2018[246]

National honours

Sporting honours

Other honours and awards

In popular culture

A movie was made based on Dhoni's life, from his childhood to the 2011 Cricket World Cup, titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role.[262]

He was in the Disney Plus Hotstar's 2019 docudrama Roar of the lion, It was a 5 episodes OTT series. This docudrama tried to unravel the darkest phase of MS Dhoni's Cricketing career the ban on Chennai Super Kings by Supreme court of India appointed 3 members committee, headed by former Chief justice of India, R.M. Lodha due to the illigal betting activities, scandals of this team's main official Gurunath Meiyappan.[151][263]

'The Dhoni Touch : unraveling the enigma that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni', a book was written by Bharat Sundaresan on him.[264]

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