MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is arguably the most popular and definitely the most scrutinised cricketer from India. He has done so coming from the cricketing backwaters, the mining state of Jharkhand, and through a home-made batting and wicketkeeping technique. He also has a style of captaincy that scales the highs and lows of both conservatism and unorthodoxy.

MS Dhoni is captain of India in all three forms of the game and also led the team to their first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India became the first team after a gap of more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. Dhoni also led the Indian team to the number one position in ICC rankings in Test cricket for the first time. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007–08, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013 against Australia, Asia cup in 2010 and 2011 World Cup.

Dhoni’s Test and ODI records are the best for Indian captains to date. He also captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in the 2011 IPL and in the Champions League. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009. In the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he hit 91 not out of just 79 balls to lead India to victory. For his outstanding batting in the final, he was awarded the man of the match.

Full Name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Date of Birth: 7 July 1981, Ranchi, Bihar
Height: 175 cm
Major Teams: India, Chennai Super Kings
Position: He is a Right-hand batsman & Right-arm medium Bowler and Wicket Keeper
Nick Name: Mahi, MS, MSD, Captain Cool
Number: 7

Test Debut: 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
ODI Debut: 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
T20I Debut: 1 December 2006 v South Africa

ICC ODI Player of the Year : 2008, 2009
ICC World ODI XI: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
LG People’s Choice Award : 2013
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports, 2007–08.
Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011.

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