Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni and Mahi) is an Indian Cricketer. Under the captaincy of him, India won the T20 World Cup 2007 and ODI World 2011. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played a crucial role in the history of the Indian Cricket. Not just as the Captain Cool” but also as a wicket keeper, a finisher and as a mentor. The calm attitude of Dhoni does not completely transcend to his batting style. And thank God it does not! Else we would not have experienced so many of his finishes with sixes.
|Real Name||Mahendra Singh Dhoni|
|Nick Name||Mahi, MS, MSD|
|Profession||Indian Cricketer (Wicket keeper & batsman)|
|Date of Birth||07-Jul-81|
|Age(as in 2020)||38|
|Birth Place||Ranchi, Jharkhand|
|School||DAV Jawahar Vidya|
|College/University||St. Xavier’s College Ranchi|
|Educational Qualification||Bachelors in Commerce|
|Address||Harmu Housing Colony, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
|Hobbies||Biking, Play Football & Tennis, Swimming|
|Drinks Alcohol?||Not Known|
Birth & Early Life
While he was playing cricket for local cricket club, Commando cricket club, MS Dhoni was selected to play for the cricket side of Central Coal Fields Limited, in 1998. He had to combine playing school cricket with club cricket, but not with professional cricket as he was still in school during this period. While he played for the team, he was often given 50 Rupees by Deval Sahay, who selected him to play for the team, whenever he registered a six in the Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket.
Motivated by Dhoni’s dedication and his wonderful performance, Deval Sahay used his connections in the cricket world to push Dhoni up the ranks to play for the Bihar Ranji Team. Though he started for the Bihar Ranji junior team, he was moved up to the senior team in a year. He featured in the team’s U-19 side that played in the 1999–2000 Coach Bihar Trophy and the East Zone U-19 team that featured in the CK Nayudu trophy.
At the age of 18, Dhoni played for the Bihar team where he debuted in the Rankings Trophy in the 1999/2000 season. He went on to play for the team for two more seasons while putting up an incredible performance. Following his stint at Bihar, Dhoni went on to play for the Jharkhand cricket squad in the 2002/03 season. He played for the side in the Deodhar Trophy where he put up an incredible performance.
In 1995, he joined Commando cricket club and stood behind the stumps for them for the next three years.
He was then picked for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship in 1997/98 season and performed well. In 1998, Dhoni started to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. During his time at the CCL, Deval Sahay would gift him fifty rupees for every 6 that he scored in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket games. Sahay then pushed for Dhoni’s selection in the Bihar team.
MS Dhoni was selected in the Bihar team for the Ranji Trophy in the 1999–2000 domestic season. The 18-year-old scored a half-century in his debut match and 68* in the second innings against Assam. Dhoni ended the season with 283 runs in 5 games. MSD’s maiden first-class century came against Bengal in the 2000/01 season.
With his career stalling, Dhoni made a desperate move to the Railways Ranji team and worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station.
Dhoni’s performance in the 2002–03 season for Bihar included three half-centuries in the Ranji Trophy and two half-centuries in the Deodhar Trophy.
Soon, he was recognised as a lower-order contribution as well as for his hard-hitting batting style. In the 2003/04 season, Dhoni managed to score 128* against Assam in the opening match of the Ranji ODI tournament. He went on to represent the East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy 2003-04 season. Dhoni scored 244 runs in 4 matches, including a 114 against Central zone. He was crucial as East Zone lifted the trophy. In the Duleep Trophy finals, MSD was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta and scored a half-century in the second innings.
MS Dhoni came into the Indian team at a time when there was an intense fight for the wicket-keeping spot. He made his debut during Bangladesh tour in 2004/05. A nervous Dhoni got runout on his debut for a duck. In two matches of the series, he scored 12 and 7*.
Despite a lousy beginning to his international career, Dhoni was given another chance in Pakistan’s tour of India. In the second match, Dhoni scored 148 at Visakhapatnam to prove why he had been selected as India’s wicket keeper over the likes of Rahul Dravid, Dinesh Karthik and Parthiv Patel Moreover, Dhoni had the highest score by an Indian wicket keeper.
In the third match of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series in 2005, Dhoni was promoted up the order to boost the scoring, and he duly obliged! Dhoni scored 183 off 145 balls to win the game for India. He outdid the record he himself had set against Pakistan.
Dhoni’s continued to perform well, both with the bat and behind the stumps leading into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007. However, things turned terrible as India were knocked out of the World Cup after losing to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. In both the matches Dhoni got out on 0, leading to anger among cricket fans. Post World Cup, Dhoni came back strongly with a 91* against Bangladesh. As a reward, he was handed the vice-captaincy in the series against South Africa. MSD then scored 6 half-centuries in tours against England, Pakistan, Australia and Sri Lanka.
Dhoni was named the full-time captain in the 7-match ODI series against Australia. This was the beginning of a new inning for both India and MS Dhoni. With the bat, Dhoni went on either with chipping in vital runs or finishing games for the Indian middle-order until date.
MSD replaced Dinesh Karthik as the wicket keeper in tests in 2005. On his test debut, Dhoni scored 30 in a match washed away by rain. He scored his first half-century in the second test against Sri Lanka.
During the India tour of Pakistan in early 2006, MS Dhoni scored his first century as he along with Irfan Pathan helped India avoid a follow on. However, he was unable to perform in the third match as India lost both the test and the series. His prosaic performances continued into the first two matches during England tour of India. He came back with a 64 in the final test but could not stop the English from levelling the series. Since then Dhoni continued to be in the test team until 2014-15 season when he decided it was time to focus on the shorter format of the game.
Dhoni holds various test records. With the bat, his 244 against Australia in Chennai was the third-highest test score by an Indian captain. He also registered the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper. Furthermore, it was the most runs scored in an innings by a wicket-keeper–captain. His century against Pakistan was the fastest by an Indian wicket-keeper and fourth overall.
MSD has been a part of the Indian T20 team from the start. He was one of the 11 players to play India’s first-ever T20 international match against South Africa in 2006. Despite his duck, a lucky India won the match. However, when they faced the Proteas in the 2007 ICC T20 Championships, Dhoni scored 45 as India won the match.
Since then Dhoni went on to lead the Indian team in the inaugural T20 championships and various T20 international victories. Apart from his role as wicketkeeper-captain, he played an important role as a finisher for India in T20’s.
After the 2007 World T20 success, MS Dhoni was recruited in the Indian Premier League by Chennai Super Kings.
He was the most expensive player in season one. Under his leadership, the CSK side went on to win the 2010 and 2011 IPL titles.
In 2015, the franchise as suspended along with Rajasthan Royals from the IPL. Rising Pune Supergiants then purchased him for $1.9 million. He led the side for two seasons before returning the CSK. Once he returned, Dhoni-led CSK to the IPL title in 2018 and scored 455 runs in the tournament finals.
The next year, he was Chennai’s high scorer with 416 runs in their run to the finals. Dhoni scored 3 half-centuries- 75*, 58 and 84* against RR and RCB.
Favorite things of MS Dhoni
|Favorite Film||Agneepath, Sholay|
|Favorite TV Show|
|Favorite Singer||Kishore Kumar|
|Favorite Sport||Badminton and Football|
Marital Status and More
|Salary (Approx.)||$17 Million|
|Net Worth||800 crores|
Social Media Presence
About MS Dhoni Wife
MS Dhoni is married to Sakshi Singh Rawat. She was born as Sakshi Singh Rawat on 19 November 1988 to RK Singh and Sheila Singh in the Guwahati city of Assam. She went to Welham Girls’ School in Dehradun, Uttrakhand and completed her schooling education from Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Some Facts About Dhoni
- Most centuries while batting at the position of No.7 in ODIs
- Most number of sixes in the International Cricket as a captain
- Most number of stumpings in the International Cricket
- Highest score (183*) by a wicket-keeper batsman in ODIs
- Most T20 International matches victories as a captain
- Only skipper to score an ODI century while batting at No.7
- The first Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score 4,000 Test runs
- Highest score (224*) in Test Cricket by an Indian captain
- Third skipper ever to have captained in more than 300 international matches, after Ricky Ponting (324) and Stephen Fleming (303)
- The only skipper to have captained in more than 50 matches in all 3 formats
- The first Indian captain to win a Test series in New Zealand
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007)
- Padma Shri (2009)
- Padma Bhushan (2018)
- MTV Youth Icon of the Year (2006)
- ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008, 2009)
- ICC Award for Spirit of Cricket (2011)