Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Birth Name : Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Full Name : Mahendra Pan Singh Dhoni

Nickname : Mahi, Dhoni, M.S., M.S.D., M.S. Dhoni

Born : July 7, 1981

Born Place : Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand), India.

Height : 5’ 9” (1.75 m)

Playing role : Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style : Right-hand bat

Bowling style : Right-arm medium

Fielding position : Wicketkeeper

Major teams : India Cricket Team, Asia XI, Bihar Cricket team, Chennai Super Kings, and Jharkhand cricket team.

About Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Who is Mahendra Singh Dhoni ?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (also known by his nickname: - Mahi, Dhoni, M.S., M.S.D., M.S. Dhoni) is a professional cricketer in India. He is the one of the best batsmen in the cricket history. MS was born on July 07, 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand), India. He is the current captain of the cricket team of Chennai Super Kings and also captain of the national cricket team of India. He is the current captain of the cricket team of Chennai Super Kings and also captain of the national cricket team of India. He made his debut in December 2004 in ODI (One Day International) against Bangladesh and a year later played against Sri Lanka his first Test.

Mahi is captain of India altogether 3 forms of the sport and conjointly led the team to their 1st ever bilateral ODI series wins in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. India became the first team under captaincy of Dhoni once a gap of quite 20 years in a Test series in whitewash Australia. Dhoni also led the team of India in the ICC rankings to the number one position for the first time in Test cricket. India won the ICC World Twenty20 by 2007, the Trophy of Border-Gavaskar in 2008-10 and CB Series of 2007–08 against Australia 2–0 Asia cup of 2010 and World Cup of 2011 under his captaincy. His ODI and Test records are the best to date for Indian captains.

Dhoni was captain of Chennai Super Kings to victory in the recent 2011 Champions League, IPL. He was named as the captain for 2009 of ICC ODI and ICC World Test teams. He hit in the final 91 not out off just 79 balls in the 2011 Cricket World Cup to lead India to victory. He was awarded for his outstanding batting as the man of the match in the final. Dhoni after resigning from Air India also handle post of Vice-President of ICL (India Cements Ltd.). The owner name of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings is ICL and its captain name has been Dhoni since the first edition of IPL. Dhoni has also been the many award recipients including the award of the ICC ODI Player of the Year (the first Indian player to achieve this feat) in 2008 and 2009, the award of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Padma Shri, fourth highest civilian honour of India in 2009.

Dhoni topped the list of top ten earning cricketers of the world compiled in 2009 by Forbes and also ranked as 31st richest sport within the world in line with the Forbes that Dhoni for the year 2012 was Highest Paid Athletes. Total earnings of Dhoni are estimated according to Forbes to be USD 26.5 million. Thus he has been the richest sportsman in India best Sachin Tendulkar. The TIME magazine added him in its "Time 100" of 2011 list of 100 most powerful people. SportsPro has rated MS Dhoni because the sixteenth most remarkable athlete within the world. He became the most successful Test captain of India in March 2013 once he eclipsed record of 21 victories of Sourav Ganguly from 49 Tests.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Early year and Domestic Career :

Bihar cricket team :

Dhoni made his debut for Ranji Trophy in the 1999–2000 season for Bihar as an eighteen-year-old. He made a half century against an Assam cricket team in his debut match in the second innings with scoring 68*. The season finished with 283 runs by Dhoni in 5 matches. Dhoni made his maiden first-class century in the 2000-01 season in a losing cause against Bengal while playing for Bihar. His performance, apart from the century, in the 2001-02 season he made score in four Ranji matches in each season just five fifty.

Jharkhand cricket team :

Dhoni's performance for the 2002/03 season within the Ranji Trophy enclosed 3 half centuries within the Ranji Trophy and one or two of half-centuries within the Deodhar Trophy competition as he started winning recognition for his lower-order run contribution in addition as hard hitting batting style. Dhoni made a century (128*) during the 2003-04 season in the first ODI match of the Ranji trophy against Assam. He was the East Zone part squad for the year which won the Deodhar Trophy and contributed in 4 matches with 244 runs.

Dhoni was picked in the finals of the Duleep Trophy over International player of cricket Deep Dasgupta to represent East zone. He made a fighting half century in a losing cause within the second innings. TRDO PC Podar discovered Dhoni as a captain of Bengal within the 1960s, once he saw the Dhoni play in an exceedingly match in Jharkhand in 2003 in Jamshedpur and sent a report back to the National Cricket Academy.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Cricinfo and International Career :

India A team :

 He was recognized in the 2003-04 season for his efforts, especially in the ODI format and was picked for a tour of  Kenya and Zimbabwe for the India A squad. Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort in Harare Sports Club against the Zimbabwe XI with 4 stumpings and 7 catches in the match. Dhoni, in the tournament of the tri - nation involving India 'A', Pakistan 'A' and Kenya, helped India 'A' chase their target with a half-century of 223 against Pakistan 'A'.

Dhoni scored after stressing on his performance back to back centuries 119* and 120 against the same squad. He made 362 runs in seven matches and his performance received attention in the series from the then captain of Indian Cricket team – Ravi Shastri and Sourav Ganguly amongst others. However, the coach (Sandeep Patil) of India 'A' team recommended Dinesh Karthik for a place in the squad of India as Batsman/Wicket-keeper.

Indian Premier League :

MS Dhoni was contracted for 1.5 Million USD by the Chennai Super Kings. This made the most expensive cricketer him for the first auction season of the IPL. Dhoni is the current captain of the Team of Chennai Super Kings. Chennai Super Kings won 2 IPL (Indian Premier League) title under his captaincy and the 2010 Champions League Twenty20.

Captain of India :

Dhoni was captain for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 of India Twenty 20 squad held in September 2007 in South Africa. When Dhoni led the team to victory in a thrilling contest then India crowned as champions against Pakistan. Then He became the captain of the ODI team of India for the 7 match ODI series in September 2007 against Australia. He made his debut during the fourth and final test as full-time test captain of India in November 2008 at Nagpur against Australia replacing Anil Kumble which injured within the third test and who then made an announcement of his retirement.

Dhoni up to that point as vice-captain in this series. The test was won by India therefore clinching the series 2–0 and preserved the Trophy of Border-Gavaskar. Dhoni had captained on a stand-in basis of India in 2008 and 2009 respectively against South Africa and Australia. India climbed to No.1 in December 2009 It was under his captaincy in the ICC Test Rankings. After that he managed to lead India during a Test series-level championship of the world in February 2010 against the South Africans. After winning the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup on 2 April 2011 against Sri Lanka in India together with his match winning with 91 unbeaten scores, Tendulkar heap praises on Dhoni, claiming him to be the most effective captain he has played underneath.

Tendulkar mentioned that was a calm influence of Dhoni that was rubbing off on all his teammates and even underneath such extreme pressure from each corner the way Dhoni brings the most effective out of him was simply unbelievable and handles it. In an interview Saurav Ganguly also said to a news channel that Dhoni contains a great record to support this certification and is that the greatest captain of all time in India.

Two-match ban :

Dhoni handed a ban of two-match from playing in the ODI series for the team's slow over-rate against Sri Lanka during the second one-day on December 18, 2009 in Nagpur.

World Cup :

India won the World Cup in 2011 under the captaincy of Dhoni. Dhoni promoted in the final chasing 275 himself up the batting order, coming before Yuvraj Singh against Sri Lanka. When he came to bat with 3 top order batsmen already dismissed and India required more than six runs per over. He started with Gautam Gambhir a good partnership. They kept up between the wickets due to good strokeplay and active running with the specified run rate.

Dhoni was a score of 60 against 60 balls, but later accelerated with a greater boundary flow, ending with 91 not out against 79 balls. The occasion Most Befitting with the match was finished with a large six over long-on off bowler Nuwan Kulasekara. Later he admitted in the presentation of post match that he came up the order therefore at the counter the Muralitharan spin threat as he was very familiar with bowling of Murali, being his teammate in the IPL (Indian Premier League) franchise Chennai Super Kings.

Dhoni had come a right-handed batsman after the dismissal of Virat Kohli. The bat used in the final match by Dhoni that got the team winning was sold for 72 Lac. The money goes to the Foundation of Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children which operated by Dhoni's wife Sakshi Rawat.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Honorary Awards and Records :

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year : 2008, 2009
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the highest honor of India in 2007-08 given for achievement in sports.
  • Honorary doctorate degree in August 2011 from De Montfort University.
  • The Territorial Army gave the honorary rank of lieutenant colonel on November 1, 2011 to Dhoni. He’s the second cricketer in India once Kapil Dev to have received this honour.

ODI (One Day International) Records :

  • He broke the record of 172 by Adam Gilchrist for the highest runs scored by a wicket keeper.
  • Dhoni has the highest average that played over 50 matches among Indian batsmen. Average batting of Dhoni is in ODIs also the highest amongst wicketkeepers.
  • Dhoni and Mahela Jayawardene set a new world record in June 2007 for partnership of the sixth wicket with scores 218 during the Afro-Asia Cup against Africa XI.
  • Dhoni is that the sole captain within the history of ODI to get a century whereas batting at No.7. He did this on December 30, 2012 against Pakistan.

 Test Records :

  • India defeated Australia under captaincy of Dhoni on 21 October 2008 by 320 runs, biggest ever win for India in terms of runs.
  • Dhoni holds the world record on February 2013 in test for most stumpings wins as a captain.
  • Dhoni is the first wicket keeper in India to complete 4,000 runs in Test.
  • Dhoni became the first wicket keeper to make in a single day a double century.
  • Dhoni is that the most winning test captain of India with victories of 22 tests, eclipsing record of Sourav Ganguly of 21 victories from 49 Tests.