Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni) started as football player and switched his game to Cricket and was noticed in India A squad in 2002. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh in 2004/2005 season. Dhoni smashed 148 runs against Pakistan in his fifth ODI early in his career. After that he scored 183 runs off 145 balls against Sri Lanka and had announced his arrival in ODI cricket. He made his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005.
Wicket keeping: Dhoni started his career as wicketkeeper for India A team against Zimbawawe. Since then there is no looking back. Many wicketkeepers have come in Indian cricket but not able shake his position. He is now one of the leading wicketkeeper in world cricket today.
Batting Strengths: He is considered to be one of the dangerous batsmen these days around the World. His ability to put pressure on the bowlers by hitting the ball out of the stadium to finish in style. His favorite stroke is known as helicopter shot with powerful arms. He recently hit the ball out of ground with stroke of 112 meters.
Captaincy: M. S Dhoni became the captain of Indian T-20 cricket team in 2007 for its first World Cup in which the Indian team won. He went on to become the One Day International captain in 2007. He took over the test captaincy in 2008 during the test series against Australia. Since then he has been the captain of Indian team in all three formats of the game. He is also the captain of franchise team Chennai Super Kings. His captaincy in One Day Internationals has been exceptional. He remains calm under pressure and therefore called as captain cool. He has led the Indian team in 86 test matches, 243 One Day Internationals and 49 T-20 so far. His record of winning in test matches at home is great winning 21 matches and losing only 3. His away record is not that good as India lost 12 against winning 6. His One international captaincy is great both at home and away. He has won 36 matches in India and 55 matches away from India.
High Points: Winning the ICC T-20 World Cup tournament in 2007 was his first ever high point. Then he brought home commonwealth Bank Series of 2007-08, Asia Cup 2010. Indian team was ranked Number 1 in test matches under his leadership. The test series win in West Indies and NewZeleand, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy victories were the other high points. . He also won 2 IPL Trophies and 2 Champions League T-20 tournaments. He became the first Indian to win all major ICC trophies. His team won the series against England in 2014 at their home turf and also against the West Indies 2-1 at home.
Lows: In his captaincy the team has seen some downfalls also. His performances in test matches outside the country have been pathetic. His team was whitewashed in England in 2011, in Australia 2012, ODI series in England in 2011. Not able to reach the finals of Commonwealth Bank series in 2012 and to reach the finals of Asia Cup finals in 2010 and 2012 were the other low points. His team did not win even a single match in the South African series in 2013/2014, in NewZeleand series 2014. The recent test series loss in England 2014 was least expected after winning the second test match.
In his glorious carrier we recall his following achievements:
- He was awarded the ICC player of the year in 2008 and 2009.
- Was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007-08.
- He became the fourth fastest batsmen to complete 8,000 runs in One Internationals in 2014.
- As an wicketkeeper he jointly holds the record the most dismissals by an Indian in ODI
- Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in 2013 is the highest runs scored by an Indian captain.
- He has been selected as the captian of ODI team of the year for the eighth year.