Mahendra Singh Dhoni or MS Dhoni was the former skipper of the Indian cricket men’s team and current skipper of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is the only captain to win three ICC trophies. He was born on 7th July 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand). He has turned 40 today. He is married to his childhood friend Sakshi Dhoni. He has a daughter named Ziva Dhoni. MS Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and a wicket-keeper. Now let us share with you his career, cricket records, and awards he won.
In the year 2004/05 Dhoni was selected in the one-day international (ODI) team against Bangladesh. In his debut match, he got run out for the duck. After such a fail start, he was given a second chance. He was then picked for ODI against Pakistan in which he knocked 148 runs in 123 balls and made a record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper. In October-November 2005, Dhoni smashed unbeaten 183 off 145 balls against Sri Lank in bilateral series. He had received the Man of the Series award.
In September 2007, Dhoni was elected as the captain of the Indian team. In the same month, he shared a record with Adam Gilchrist of most dismissals in an innings in ODI. In the same year, under his captaincy, India lifted the ICC T20 World Cup trophy and became the first T20 World champions.
In 2011, he led the Indian team to the finals in the ICC Cricket World Cup. While chasing a total of 275, along with Gambir’s 97 crucial knocks, Dhoni finished the game by hitting a six in the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Two years later, he led India to their third ICC trophy against England in 2013 while defending the low total. In January 2017, he stepped down as a captain of the Indian team in all limited-overs formats.
In the Indian Premier League, he led CSK to clinch the title three times. In which two titles were back to back in 2010, 2011 and the third IPL trophy in the year 2018.
1. Test Cricket
In 2009, under his captaincy, India topped the ICC Test Cricket rankings for the first time. He is the most celebrated Indian Test Captain with 27 wins. He became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to complete 4,000 test runs. He scored 224 against Australia which is the highest score by a wicket-keeper-captain and third-highest score by an Indian captain. He completed 50 sixes as a captain. Dhoni holds a record of nine dismissals in a match by an Indian wicket-keeper.
2. ODI Cricket
He holds the record of first Indian captain to win 100 games. He is the first player to achieve 10,000 runs. He has 82 not outs in ODIs. He scored 183 not out against Sri Lanka which is the highest by a wicket-keeper. His 113 runs knock against Pakistan was the highest by a captain at number seven. He is the only cricketer to play most ODI matches as a captain and wicket-keeper. Dhoni also holds the record of doing most stumping by a wicket-keeper in ODI history – 120.
3. T20I Cricket
Dhoni holds the record of most wins as a captain – 41 matches. He played 84 consecutive T20I innings without a duck. He holds the record of most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is – 87. He holds the record of most stumping as a captain in T20Is – 33.
In 2018, Dhoni had been honoured Padma Bhushan Award. In 2009, he received Padma Shri Awards. In 2007/08, he received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. In 2008-09, he was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the year. In 2011, he was awarded Castrol Indian Cricketer of the year. In August 2011, he received an honorary doctorate from De Monfort University.
Bollywood has also made a biography film on MS Dhoni named ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ it starred Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani and Kiara Advani. He also has a web series based on him named ‘Roar of the lion’
Currently, he has retired from all forms of international cricket. He will be seen in action this September in the second half of IPL held in UAE and Oman.