Mahendra Singh Dhoni is frequently known as MS Dhoni is the Indian Cricket player who leads Indian team in short format cricket from the year 2007 to 2016 while he leads the Indian international cricket team in test cricket from the year 2008 to 2014. He was born on 7th July during the year 1981 and he is the right-handed batsmen and a famous wicketkeeper of Indian international cricket team. He is popular due to his finishing style in the limited overs format and in wicket keeping he is prominent as a fast hand wicketkeeper. He is one of the best captains of Indian cricket history due to his marvelous achievements for the Indian team. He started his career by making debut in December 2004 against the team of Bangladesh in an ODI match while right after a year he started playing in the test matches due to his exceptional performances in the ODI and other limited overs cricket formats. The first test match of MS Dhoni was against the Sri Lankan team. In the history of cricket as MS Dhoni holds several records as in his captaincy.
|Full Name||Mahendra Singh Dhoni|
|Born||July 7, 1981|
|Birth Place||Ranchi, Jharkhand|
|Marriage Date||July 4, 2010|
|Father's Name||Pan Singh|
|Mother's Name||Devaki Singh|
|Daughter's Name||Ziva Dhoni|
|Siblings||Narendra Singh Dhoni, Jayanti Gupta|
He was the only captain who won most matches in the ODIs, Tests and T20s than any other captain of India and he also holds the record of most back to back wins in the ODI matches. He is famous for the cool and calm behavior during the games and regarded as nicknames Cool Captain, Mahi, MSD. In the year 2007 when Rahul Dravid left the team as a captain, he leads the team first time in the bilateral series held in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. As a captain of Indian cricket team, he won the ICC World Cup of 2007, Commonwealth Bank series of T20 in the year 2007-8, the Asia cups of 2010 & 2016, World Cup of ICC 2011 and the Champion trophy of 2013. In the World Cup of 2011, he was the player of the match as he scored 91 on 79 balls and remained not out. His scores lead team India to the victory of 2011 World Cup. The whole career of the MS Dhoni is full of victories and leads the Indian cricket team to the top ranking in all the formats during his career. When the Indian team won the champion trophy 2013 in the captaincy of MS Dhoni he became the first captain in the history of cricket who won the all three major events of ICC as World Cup ODIs, T20 World Cup and Champion Trophy.
In his test captaincy career, he also holds many records as he became the test captain in 2008. He leads the team in the test series against West Indies & New Zealand and won that series successfully. He was also the winner of the border Gavaskar Trophy during the year 2008, 2010 and 2013. Indian team was ranked to the top of the list in ICC test ranking first time during the year 2009.
MS Dhoni collects many records from the Indian government as the best player in the cricket history. He received Padma Shri award from the Indian government in the year 2009 which is the Indians fourth honorable civilian award and in the year 2018 Indian government gives him the award of Padma Bhushan which is the third highest civilian award of India. In the year 2008 and 2009, he received the award of Player of the year from ICC. He also received the honorable title the Lieutenant Colonel from the Indian army in 2011 as he was the second Indian player who got that title after Kapil dev. He was selected as a captain of Test World XI in the following years 2009, 2010 and 2013. He was selected eight times in the world XI while five times as a captain and it was the highest achievement of any player in the cricket history. He was included in the first hundred lists of most influential people in the world according to Times Magazine in 2011. According to Forbes Magazine in 2015 he was at the 23rd number in highest paid athletes. As a wicketkeeper, he took more than 300 catches in the one-day international matches which help him to rank at number fourth in the world in terms of catches as a wicketkeeper.
Early life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
MS Dhoni was born in the Ranchi situated in Bihar while his father village was Lvali which is present in the district of Almora in Uttarakhand. His father later moved to the Ranchi due to his job reasons. Dhoni has two siblings a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. At his early age, he was the fan of Adam Gilchrist, Sachin Tendulkar and a well-known Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. In the field of music, he was the fan of Lata Mangeshkar. The first institution of Dhoni was DAV Jawahir Vidya Mandir located in the Shyamali colony in Ranchi. At first, he had extreme interests in the Badminton and football while he served as a goalkeeper in his football team on the district level. Due to his excellent skills in goalkeeping he was sent to a cricket club by his football coach who understands that Dhoni could be a star in the cricket world. He selected as a wicketkeeper in Commando cricket club during the year 1995 and he remained in that club till 1998.
In Vinoo Mankad Trophy 1997-98 seasons MS Dhoni was selected to play as wicketkeeper and in his first trophy, he played excellently. Dhoni made a focus on his cricket skills after 10th standard. In the year 2001-2003, he was TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner) in the railway station of West Bengal district. He was recognized as a very honest and modest man regarding his job and all the colleagues of MS Dhoni credited him for the honesty and modesty. He was also a funny man during his job as once MSD and some of his friends covered themselves with the white bed sheets and moved around the railway complex while guards of complex fooled to believe that they were ghosts around the complex. This story gains fame on the next day news in India.
Early Career in Cricket
Till his 12th standard, he played only school cricket and not selected in any of the major club for playing against the high cricket teams. He was the first time selected for playing in the CCL (Central coal field Limited) team by Deval Sahay. When Dhoni played for CCL and performed extraordinarily in their matches Deval Sahay gifted him fifty rupees on each six he hits in the famous Sheesh Mahal tournament. Due to his exceptional performances his order of batting was ranked up in the team and he made a century in that first match of CCL and his century helped them to move in Division A. Deval Sahay was impressed by his performance in the team so he used his contacts to move him in the junior Bihar team and after some time he moved to senior Bihar team based on his performances. In the Ranji trophy season 1999-2000, he played his debut match alongside Bihar team and scored 68 against Assam cricket team. In that season of Ranji trophy, MS made 283 runs in the five matches. He made his first century in the next season of Ranji trophy against the Bengal team. In the season of 2002/2003 if Ranji trophy he made three half-centuries and made few half-centuries in the Deodhar trophy. Due to his half-centuries and hard-hitting batting style on a lower order he got the attention of many famous cricketers and clubs. In the season of 2003/2004, he made his century (128*) in the Ranji trophy against the Assam cricket team. In the season 2004-2004 of Deodhar trophy Dhoni made remarkable performance when he was the player of East Zone and in that season East Zone won the Deodhar trophy in which Dhoni made 244 runs in four matches including a century against West Zone team. The talent of Dhoni got fame in the cricket zone of India and he was discovered by the BCCI Talent development wing (TRDW).
First time a TRDO named Prakash Poddar sent a report to the National cricket academy of India for the selection of MS Dhoni due to his exceptional fighting style in cricket batting. He was selected in the team A of India when a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya was arranged by BCCI and in that tour, he made himself a remarkable wicketkeeper by taking seven catches and four stumpings. He also played in the team A against Pakistan and made responsible and affectionate cricket against the Pakistan and other teams which leads India to the victory of a team. Due to the singular performance in the team A the captain of an International team of India Sourav Ganguly was impressed by the Dhoni performance and decided to take in the international squad but however at that time he could not manage to include Dhoni in the International team.
First time Dhoni was picked up in the International team in the tour against Bangladesh during the year 2004. He was selected due to the wicketkeeper and extraordinary batsmen performances in the A squad of India. In his debut match he was unable to make record score as he goes on duck in the first match but due to the overall performance in the Bangladesh tour, he was selected for the tour of Pakistan in ODIs. In his next tours, he amazed the whole cricket history by making excellent performances in the ODI matches against Pakistan and other cricket playing nations. The career of Dhoni is full of many extraordinary innings. As a captain, he helped India to win the two ICC world cup in his career 2007 and 2011 world cup, a champion trophy and T20 world cup. In the year 2005 he was selected in the international team of test cricket for India and in the first match, his performance was lead the team for victory. He started captaincy of Indian Test team in 2008. In the Indian Premier League, he leads the team Chennai super kings and helped them to take three IPL titles due to the exceptional captaincy tendencies of Dhoni. CSK was suspended from the IPL for the period of two years but right after his entrance in the IPL Dhoni got them the title of IPL in 2018.
Retirement from Captaincy
Dhoni was retired from his captaincy in the short format cricket like ODIs and T20s in 2017 just before the series of England in India. In ODI cricket, Dhoni is the singular wicketkeeper who dismissed the 400 batsmen and this score was achieved on 8 February 2018 when he stumped the South African batsman Aiden Markram. He left the captaincy in the Test formats during the year 2014 and he left the captaincy from all formats of international cricket in 2016 as he said at that time now it is time to change the skipper to shape the new Indian team due to the coming World cup in 2019.
Personal Life of MS Dhoni
In the personal life, he is a very happy family man and recognized as a caring person. He belongs to a Hindu Rajput family. He married to his old classmate named Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4th July 2010. She was the student of Hotel management subject at the time of their marriage. The father of Sakshi was a businessman in the tea growing field but after the retirement of his father, they moved to their native village named as Dehradun. Dhoni married to Sakshi right after the one day of engagement as a close friend of Dhoni Bipasha Basu an actress said that the marriage was planned some months ago and it was not the momentary decision. Now Dhoni and Sakshi have one baby girls whose name is Ziva.