MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is an iconic name in Indian cricket history. Being one of the most popular players, he is considered the best captain of all time as had a very cool demeanor on the cricket field. He knew exactly how to hold his nerve in pressure conditions.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni comes from Jharkhand, Ranchi in India, and has scored more than 10000 runs in one day international. He is one of the best "finishers" in limited-overs formats in World Cricket. Not only this, he had a remarkable career as a stunning Indian team wicketkeeper. Under Dhoni’s amazing captaincy, India has managed to win all the important ICC trophies - T20 World Cup in 2007, ODI World Cup in 2011. Also, India has topped the ranking for 18 months starting from Dec 2009.

Personal Information

Born: 7th July 1981 Nationality: Indian
Debut: 2004
Years Active: (2004-2020) Birth Place: Ranchi (Jharkhand)
Height: 5 ft 11 in Role: Wicket-keeper
Batting Style: Right-hand batsman Bowling Style: Right-arm medium
Nickname: Mahi & ‘Captain Cool’  

MS Dhoni’s Journey


MS Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981, in Ranchi, Bihar (Jharkhand) in a Hindu Rajput family. Dhoni’s parents were from Lwali village in the Lamgara block of Almora District (Uttrakhand). Pan Singh was MS Dhoni’s father and he was a reputed junior manager in MECON. His father wasn’t in favor of his cricket career initially. He simply wanted his son to excel in his studies and make a living.

He has two siblings one sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother, Narendra Singh Dhoni. He tied the knot with Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4th July 2010 who was her schoolmate and was blessed with a baby girl, Ziva on February 5, 2015.

After the completion of five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in Agra, he qualified as a paratrooper in 2019.

First Appearance

He debuted in the Indian Cricket team in 2004, at the age of 23. He made one of the worst debuts as he ducked in his first match. But even when he has an ordinary performance in the inaugural Bangladesh series, he was chosen for the Pakistan series. Dhoni turned out to be a very solid performer also because he was also an amazing batsman. He scored 148 off 123 deliveries in his fifth ODI in Vishakhapatnam. He amazed everyone with his cricket skills.

His amazing performance in one day international against Sri Lanka gave him the opportunity to become a test captain and replace wicketkeeper Dinesh Kartik in Dec 2005. Dhoni scored their maiden half-century in the second Test. In September 2007, Dhoni became India’s T20 world captain and Men in Blue became champions.

Ascend to Glory

Dhoni made a few tough decisions and phase out seniors. He then led India to their second Champions Trophy triumph as the Indian team was unbeatable. This win made him the first-ever Indian captain to win all three major ICC global trophies.

Mahi is also IPL’s team, Chennai Super Kings captain who has become four times champions. This team is considered one of the most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League.

He is a reliable batsman. His no.7 batting against Pakistan in Chennai is unforgettable. Mahi scored 113 runs when India was 29/5. MS Dhoni set an example as a captain and as an amazing player who always showed sports spirit.

Low Point

Dhoni’s captaincy was questioned after the ICC World Cup because the team had 8 successive losses in England and Australia. Unfortunately, India’s poor test performance continued into one-day international as well.

In the 2015 India vs. Bangladesh match, Bangladesh bowler Mustafizur Rahman deliberately came underway as Dhoni ran for a single. Both clashed in the middle of the pitch but it seemed as if Mahi elbowed him.

In another incident in 2013, Mahi lost his cool during an IPL match against Rajasthan Royals. The in-field umpire called the ball waist height no ball but the square umpire, Bruce Oxenford overruled the decision and no ball wasn’t given. Angry Dhoni entered the field and discussed with the umpired but unfortunately, no ball wasn’t granted. He was fined 75% of the match fee.


With a cool and mature mind, he is known as ‘Captain Cool. Senior players like Sachin & Rahul Dravid recommended him as a captain. Besides the Indian team, he is also the captain of IPL Chennai Super Kings who has successfully won matches in 2010, 2011, 2018, & 2021.

During the first ICC T20 in 2007, his young team surprised the world with a smashing historic win. His calm and composure attitude was widely appreciated by everyone as India brought home the World Cup T20 Trophy. Post that, he was handed over the ODI leadership and Test leadership as Anil Kumble retired in late 2008.

MS Dhoni played exceptionally well during his captaincy debut in the test series. He won the home series against Australia and a 1-0 triumph in New Zealand in 2009 and a 2-0 victory against Sri Lanka at home. Under his captaincy, India continued to win matches and dominate the home-ground series.

Dhoni was praised for making a winning team that played well no matter whether it was a T20, ODI, or test match. His captaincy reached the pinnacle of success when he lifted the 2011 World Cup.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020. In 2014-15, he played his last test series against Australia while captaining India. He lost the second and the third one was a draw (2-0). The last test series he played was commendable as he took eight catches and one stumping and set a record by breaking Kumar Sangakkara's record.

With this, he set a record for maximum dismissals by an Indian wicketkeeper, which was later broken by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018. His last innings were incredible as it was 24 not out.

Career Statistics

Matches: 350 Run Scored: 10773
Batting Average: 50.57 Top Score: 183
100/50: 10/73 Wickets: 1
Matches: 98 Run Scored: 1617
Batting Average: 37.60 Top Score: 56
100/50: 0/2 Wickets: 0
Matches: 90 Run Scored: 4876
Batting Average: 38.09 Top Score: 224
100/50: 6/33 Wickets: 0

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