Full Name:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Date of birth:

07 / 07 / 1981

Country:

India

Role:

Wicketkeeper/Batsman (Captain)

Batting style:

Right-hand

Bowling style:

Right arm medium

 

Our wonderful and dynamic captain MS Dhoni is completing 33 glorious years today. What a talented cricketer he is. He has excelled in every field, be it in the role of one of the most successful captains or his favorite job of an immaculate finisher or setting new records in terms of earnings. Contrary to his attacking style of batting, he is known as captain cool.

It is his unparallel confidence that makes sure that even in the most challenging situation he never gives up and rather always infuses fighting spirit among his team mates. His behavior on and off the field has been commendable. He is among one of the best strategy makers. Even his hard core critics appreciate his capabilities as a clever and result oriented captain as he never hesitates to give chance to newcomers. He encourages them by giving a free hand but does not hesitate to replace anyone who is not performing up to the mark.

Just a few days back there were rumors that he might leave captaincy of one or two formats of the game, but the management is imposing faith in his leadership. They have made it clear that he will be leading the Indian squad at least till the next world cup in 2015. After all, he has become the only Indian captain to have won three titles – World T20, Champions trophy and ODI World cup. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India also achieved the No.1 Test ranking for 18 months starting December 2009.

In fact, when he took over as a captain in 2007, there were many legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid playing in team India. Dhoni developed a good rapport with his seniors and very often he was seen taking advice from them. On the other hand, youngsters like Kohli, Raina and Jadeja felt very comfortable playing under MSD. Even newcomers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed have nurtured under the guidance of Dhoni.

Dhoni has played 243 ODIs and his batting average is pretty good – 53.28. In test matches, his average remains 38.77 in 83 games, which seems quite reasonable. In 49 T20Is, he has been able to maintain a decent average of 32.88. He has got the following awards to his credit:

  •          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

 

MS Dhoni is very fond of sports bikes and is very often seen riding on the roads of his hometown Ranchi. He has attained a high level of credibility. Most of the fans believe that as far as he is there to lead team India, the chances of winning any event are high. Dhoni has been thoroughly involved in a lot of charity work. Dhoni has given a new definition to the term captaincy, displaying a new aggressive style. We wish that he would remain there to give us many more proud moments. Hope he can achieve more in England. Long live MSD, we love you captain.  

Sportzwiki’s stats collection Courtesy: Statsguru

  •         Test debut v Sri Lanka at Chennai – December 2005.
  •         ODI debut v Bangladesh at Chittagong – December 2003
  •         Twenty20 debut v South Africa at Johannesburg – December 2006.
  •         Dhoni is anadventurous wicketkeeper-batsman who had the potentialof captaining national team from the moment he broke in to the team.
  •         Scored his first century during only his fifth ODI against Pakistan in 2005, at Vizag.
  •         Hit his first Test hundred in his second Test against Pakistan at Faisalabad.
  •         Anointednational captain of India’s limited-overs side in September 2007.
  •         He led India to a memorable victory in the inaugural World Twenty20 in South Africa in 2007. Surprisingly this tournament was his first shot at captaincy.
  •         MS Dhoni then took over Test captaincy from Anil Kumble midway through the Border-Gavaskar series against Australia in 2008.
  •         Named ICC One-Day Player of the Year 2008.
  •         He was captain when India claimed the No 1 Test spot for the first time at the end of 2009.
  •         His biggest achievement to date is captaining India to victory in the 2011 World Cup, it’s second World Title, scoring an unbeaten 91 in the final.

 

Test Match Stats

Career Span:

2005-Present

Matches:

83

Innings:

130

Not Outs:

15

Runs:

4459

Highest Score:

224

Average:

38.77

50s:

29

100s:

6

Ducks:

8

Pairs:

0

Caught Out:

84

 

 

ODI Stats

Career Span:

2003-Present

Matches:

219

Innings:

192

Not Outs:

55

Runs:

7195

Highest Score:

183

Average:

52.9

50s:

49

100s:

8

Ducks:

7

Pairs:

0

Caught Out:

86

Stumped Out:

1