MS Dhoni

Indian cricket player

MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni in 2011
Personal information
Full name
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born (1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 41)
Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand), India
Nickname Mahi
Height 179 m (5 ft 10 in)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
Sakshi Dhoni

(m 2010)

International information
National side
  • India (2004–2019)
Test debut (cap 251) 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 158) 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 9 July 2019 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no 7
T20I debut (cap 2) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 27 February 2019 v Australia
T20I shirt no 7
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00–2003/04 Bihar cricket team
2004/05–2016/17 Jharkhand
2008–2015 Chennai Super Kings (squad no 7)
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiant (squad no 7)
2018–present Chennai Super Kings (squad no 7)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I T20
Matches 90 350 98 358
Runs scored 4,876 10,773 1,617 7,098
Batting average 3809 5053 3760 3816
100s/50s 6/33 10/73 0/2 0/28
Top score 224 183 56 84
Balls bowled 96 36 12
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 3100
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 256/38 321/123 57/34 205/84
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 3 April 2022

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (/məˈhndrə ˈsɪŋ dhæˈnɪ/ (listen); born 7 July 1981) is an Indian former international cricketer who was captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014 He is also the current captain of CSK in the IPL He led India to victory in three ICC trophies 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, the most by any Indian captain Under his captaincy India also won 2010 and 2016 Asia Cup A right-handed wicket-keeper batsman He scored over 10,000 runs in One Day Internationals, with the reputation as one of the best finishers in the game He is also one of the greatest wicket-keepers of this game

In Indian domestic cricket he played for Bihar and Jharkhand Cricket team He is the captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League He captained the side to championships in the 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 editions of IPL league Also under his captaincy Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Won Champions League T20 two times, in 2010 and 2014

Dhoni made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004, against Bangladesh in Chittagong, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka He played his first T20I also a year later against South Africa In 2007, he took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid and he also selected as T20I captain of India in this year In 2008, he was selected as Test Captain His captaincy record in test format was mixed, successfully leading India to a series win against New Zealand in 2008 and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (home series in 2010 and 2013) against Australia while losing to Sri Lanka, Australia, England, and South Africa by big margins in away conditions

He announced his retirement from Test format on 30 December 2014, and stepped down as captain of T20Is and ODIs in 2017 On 15 August 2020, Dhoni retired from all formats of international cricket and continues to play in the IPL

Early life and background

Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) and hails from a Hindu Rajput family with roots in Uttarakhand He is the youngest of three children of Pan Singh and Devaki Devi His paternal village Lwali, is in Jainti Tehsil, Lamgara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand His parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, Jharkhand where his father worked as a pump operator in junior management position in MECON Colony situated in Doranda area in Ranchi Unlike Dhoni, his uncle and cousins spell their surname as Dhauni

Previously Dhoni was the goalkeeper for his DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir school’s football team, but after seeing his goalkeeping skills, coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee, one who inspired Dhoni to be a cricketer, picked him to play cricket for his school team His exceptional wicketkeeping skills allowed him to become the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando Cricket Club (1995–1998) Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship, where he performed well

From 2001 to 2003, Dhoni worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal

Early career

Junior cricket in Bihar

In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay, a former Bihar Cricket Association Vice President and Ranchi District Cricket President, to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team Till 1998 Dhoni, who was in 12th grade, had never played professional cricket At CCL, he got an opportunity to bat higher up the order, where he performed exceptionally, which had helped CCL move to the A division Deval Sahay, impressed by his performance, pushed for his selection in the Bihar team Dhoni moved to the Ranchi team, the junior Bihar cricket team and eventually the senior Bihar Ranji Team within one year

In the 1998–99 Cooch Behar Trophy, Dhoni played for the U-19 Bihar team and scored 176 runs in 5 matches (7 innings) However, Bihar finished fourth in the group of six and did not make it to the quarter-finals Dhoni was not picked for the East Zone U-19 squad (CK Nayudu Trophy) or Rest of India squad (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy) In the 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy, the Bihar U-19 cricket team made it to the finals, where Dhoni’s 84 helped Bihar post a total of 357 Nevertheless, Bihar’s efforts were thwarted by Punjab’s 839 with Dhoni’s future teammate Yuvraj Singh making 358 Dhoni’s contribution in the tournament included 488 runs (9 matches, 12 innings), 5 fifties, 17 catches and 7 stumpings Dhoni made it to the East Zone U-19 squad for the CK Nayudu trophy in the 1999–2000 season but scored only 97 runs in four matches, as East Zone lost all four matches and finished last in the tournament

Bihar cricket team

Further information: 2001–02 Ranji Trophy

Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season, as an eighteen-year-old He made a half century in his debut match scoring 68 in the second innings against Assam cricket team Dhoni finished the season with 283 runs in 5 matches Dhoni scored his maiden first-class century while playing for Bihar against Bengal in the 2000/01 season, this match ended as draw Apart from this century, his performance in the 2000/01 season did not include another score over fifty and in the 2001/02 season, he scored just five fifties in four Ranji matches

Jharkhand cricket team

Dhoni’s performance in the 2002–03 season included three half-centuries in the Ranji Trophy and a couple of half-centuries in the Deodhar Trophy, as he started gaining recognition for his lower-order contribution as well as hard-hitting batting style In the 2003/04 season, Dhoni scored a century (128) against Assam in the first match of the Ranji ODI tournament Dhoni was part of the East Zone squad that won the Deodhar Trophy 2003–2004 season and contributed with 244 runs in 4 matches, including a century (114) against Central zone

In the Duleep Trophy finals, Dhoni was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone He scored a fighting half-century in the second innings in a losing cause Dhoni’s talent was discovered via the BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW Dhoni was discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw Dhoni play for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy

India A team

He was recognised for his efforts in the 2003/04 season, especially in the One Day format and was picked for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya Against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club, Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings in the match In the tri-nation tournament involving Kenya, India A and Pakistan A, Dhoni helped India A chase down their target of 223 against Pakistan A with a half-century Continuing his good performance, he scored back to back centuries – 120 and 119 – against the same team Dhoni scored 362 runs in 6 innings at an average of 7240 and his performance in the series received attention from the then Indian captain – Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, amongst others

International career

Start of ODI career

The Indian ODI team in the early 2000s saw Rahul Dravid as the wicket-keeper to ensure that the wicket-keeper spot didn’t lack in batting talent The team also saw the entry of wicket-keeper/batsmen from the junior ranks, with talents like Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik (both India U-19 captains) named in the Test squads With Dhoni making a mark in the India A squad, he was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05 Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck on debut In spite of an average series against Bangladesh, Dhoni was picked for the Pakistan ODI series


In the second match of the series, Dhoni, in his fifth one-day international, scored 148 in Visakhapatnam off only 123 deliveries Dhoni’s 148 surpassed the earlier record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper, a record that he would re-write before the end of the year

Dhoni had few batting opportunities in the first two games of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series (October–November 2005) and was promoted to No 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur) Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and, in reply, India lost Tendulkar early Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India The innings was described in Wisden Almanack (2006) as ‘Uninhibited, yet anything but crude’ The innings set various records including the highest individual score in ODI cricket in the second innings, a record only broken after seven years by Shane Watson Dhoni ended the series with the highest run aggregate (346) and was awarded the Man of the Series award for his efforts In December 2005, Dhoni was rewarded a B-grade contract by the BCCI

Dhoni bowling in the nets He rarely bowled at international level

India scored 328 in 50 overs with Dhoni contributing 68 in their first match of 2006 against Pakistan However, the team finished poorly, scoring just 43 runs in the last eight overs and lost the match due to Duckworth-Lewis method In the third match of the series, Dhoni came in with India in a precarious situation and scored 72 runs off just 46 balls that included 13 boundaries to help India take a 2–1 lead in the series The final match of the series had a repeat performance as Dhoni scored 77 runs off 56 balls to enable India win the series 4–1 Due to his consistent ODI performances, Dhoni overtook Ricky Ponting as number one in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen on 20 April 2006, becoming the fastest batsman to do so, in 42 innings His reign lasted just a week as Adam Gilchrist’s performance against Bangladesh moved him to the top spot

Two cancelled series in Sri Lanka, one due to the withdrawal of South Africa from the Unitech Cup due to security concerns and the replacement three-match ODI bilateral series against Sri Lanka washed due to rain, was India’s prelude to another disappointing tournament – DLF Cup 2006-07 Dhoni scored 43 runs as the team lost twice in three games and did not qualify for the finals India’s lack of preparation showed in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy as they lost to West Indies and Australia, though Dhoni scored a half-century against West Indies The story of the ODI series in South Africa was the same for both Dhoni and India as Dhoni scored 139 runs in 4 matches and India lost the series 4–0 From the start of the West Indies ODI series, Dhoni had played 16 matches, hit just two fifties and averaged 2593 Dhoni received criticism on his wicket-keeping technique from former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani Yet, for his performances in 2006, he was named in the World ODI XI by the ICC

2007 World Cup

Preparations for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded identical 3–1 victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had averages in excess of 100 in both these series

India unexpectedly crashed out of the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored just 29 runs in the tournament After the loss to Bangladesh in 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalised and damaged by political activists of JMM The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World Cup in the first round

Dhoni put his disappointing performances in the World Cup behind him by scoring 91 against Bangladesh, after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase Dhoni was declared the Man of the Match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket He was also later adjudged the Man of the Series after the third game of the series was washed away Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, scoring 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 8700, with a blitzkrieg 139 not out off 97 balls, a Man of the Match innings, in the third ODI

Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England seven-match ODI series Dhoni, who received a ‘B’ grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an ‘A’ grade contract in June 2007 He was also elected as the captain of the Indian squad for the World Twenty20 in September 2007 On 2 September 2007, Dhoni equalled his idol Adam Gilchrist’s international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching five English players and stumping one

Rise through ranks

During the series between India and Australia in 2009, Dhoni scored 124 runs in 107 balls in the second ODI, and scored 71 runs in 95 balls in the third ODI Along with Yuvraj Singh’s 78 off of 96 balls, India won the third ODI by 6 wickets Dhoni took his first and only wicket in international cricket on 30 September 2009 He bowled Travis Dowlin of the West Indies during a match in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy

Dhoni batting against South Africa during the group stage match of 2013 ICC Champions Trophy

Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months in 2009 Michael Hussey from Australia replaced him at the top spot at the beginning of 2010

Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009, scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings, at considerably high average of 7043 Dhoni was also the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 along with Ricky Ponting, but the latter having played 30 innings For his performances in 2009, he was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the World ODI XI by the ICC

Post 2011 World Cup

In 2012, Pakistan toured India for a bilateral series for the first time in five years In the three-match ODI series, Dhoni top-scored for India in all three innings; however, India lost the series 1–2 In the first ODI at Chennai, he helped India recover from 29/5 to help post a total of 227 in 50 overs Scoring 113 not out, he had a record partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin, although India had lost

Winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, Dhoni became the first and the only captain in international cricket to claim all ICC trophies In the rain-shortened final against England, he was out for a duck and ended the tournament with 27 runs from two innings However, Dhoni’s field placements and tactics were to India’s advantage, as the team had beat the opposition by five runs (D/L method) He was also named as captain and wicketkeeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC

Just after the Champions Trophy, India toured West Indies for a tri-nation tournament against West Indies and Sri Lanka Dhoni had gotten injured at the start of the tournament itself and got ruled out for the whole tournament However, despite not having fully recovered, he returned to play the final against Sri Lanka, once again only to find himself become a hero after single-handedly taking India to a victory by one wicket Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 off 52 balls while scoring 16 runs in the final over required for the victory He was adjudged Man of the match for this performance

In November 2013, Dhoni became the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1,000 or more ODI-runs against Australia

India toured South Africa and New Zealand in the 2013–14 season and ending up losing both series, 0–2 and 0–4, respectively Against South Africa, Dhoni managed 84 runs at an average of 480, including one half-century Against New Zealand, he managed 272 runs which included three consecutive 50-plus scores In the third match of the series, his knock of 50 helped India tie the match and eventually avoiding a series whitewash Meanwhile, he scored his 8000th run in ODI cricket on the tour

India won the away ODI series in England in 2014 by 3–1 and series against West Indies in India by 2–1 margin Dhoni had performed, as he scored a half-century in each of the series

2015 World Cup

India’s preparation going into the tournament looked poor, as India had failed to perform in the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia, failing to win a single match, with Dhoni himself managing 70 runs from three innings and averaging 2334

During the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all group stage matches in such a tournament India achieved wins against arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa (whom they hadn’t beaten before in a World Cup game), the UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe In the match against Zimbabwe at Eden Park, he made 85 not out chasing 288 and had an unbeaten partnership of 196 with Suresh Raina This is the highest score by an Indian captain on New Zealand soil Beating Bangladesh in the quarter finals, he became the third overall and the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches In an unsuccessful effort against eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals, he made 65 as India were unable to defend their title Dhoni, however, performed well with the bat by scoring 237 runs in 6 innings at an average of 5925 and a strike rate of 10215 and thus, became only the second Indian captain to have an average over 50 and strike rate over 100 in a particular season of the World Cup

Stepping down as captain and thereafter

Dhoni stepped down as captain of India in the limited over formats in January 2017, just ahead of the ODI series at home against England In the second game of the series, he scored 134 off 122 balls, that included a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket along with Yuvraj Singh The century, his tenth in ODIs, was his first in over three years He was named as a wicketkeeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ at the 2017 Champions Trophy by Cricbuzz He was also named in the ODI XI of the year by Cricbuzz

In August that year, during the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, he became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings surpassing Kumar Sangakkara, when he stumped Akila Dananjaya off Yuzvendra Chahal He reached the milestone of effecting 400 dismissals in ODIs in February 2018, following the stumping of Aiden Markram in the third ODI of the South Africa tour

Dhoni went past 10,000 ODI runs in the second ODI against England during his team’s 2018 tour, and became the fourth Indian and twelfth overall to do so He had a relatively mediocre series, having scored 79 runs in two innings at a strike rate of 6320 This was followed by two poor performances for him in the ODI format; the Asia Cup that he finished with 77 runs in four innings at an average of 1925 and the home series against West Indies where he aggregated 50 runs from three innings Dhoni was given rest and thus wasn’t available for the selection of the T20I squads for the series that followed and the Australia tour later that season However, he was included in the squad named for the ODI series there In the three-match series, Dhoni found form and scored half-centuries in all three games with the latter two resulting in wins, helping India secure a 2–1 series victory, their first in a bilateral series on Australian soil Dhoni finished with 193 runs and was named player of the series He also became the fourth Indian to score more than 1,000 ODI runs there

In April 2019, he was named in India’s squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup In July 2019, in India’s semi-final match against New Zealand, Dhoni played in his 350th ODI

Test career

Following his one-day performance against Sri Lanka, Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian teams’ Test wicket-keeper Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match, that was marred by rain Dhoni came to the crease when the team was at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling in quick succession, he played an aggressive innings in which he was the last man to be dismissed Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate (50 off 51 balls) helped India set a target of 436, where the Sri Lankans were then bowled out for 247

India toured Pakistan in January–February 2006 and Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad India was struggling, where Dhoni along with Irfan Pathan tried to recover, with the team still needing 107 runs to avoid a follow-on Dhoni played in his naturally aggressive style as he brought up his maiden Test century in 93 balls, after scoring the first fifty in 34 deliveries

Dhoni followed up the century with respectable batting performances over the next three matches, one against Pakistan that India lost and two against England that had India holding a 1–0 lead Dhoni was the top scorer in India’s first innings in the third Test at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 helped India post 279 in reply to England’s 400 However, Dhoni and the Indian fielders dropped catches and missed many dismissal chances, including a key stumping opportunity of Andrew Flintoff (14) Dhoni failed to collect the Harbhajan Singh delivery cleanly as Flintoff went on to make 36 more runs as England set a target of 313 for the home team, a target that India was never in danger of threatening A batting collapse saw the team being dismissed for 100 and Dhoni scored just 5 runs and faced criticism for his wicket-keeping lapses as well as his shot selection

Dhoni behind the stumps

On the West Indies tour in 2006, Dhoni scored a quick and aggressive 69 in the first Test at Antigua The rest of the series was unremarkable for Dhoni as he scored 99 runs in the remaining 6 innings but his wicket-keeping skills improved and he finished the series with 13 catches and 4 stumpings In the Test series in South Africa later that year, Dhoni’s scores of 34 and 47 were not sufficient to save the second Test against the Proteas, as India lost the series 2–1, squandering the chance to build on their first ever Test victory in South Africa (achieved in the first Test match) Dhoni’s bruised hands ruled him out of the third Test match

On the fourth day of the first Test match at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John’s, Antigua during India’s tour of West Indies, 2006, Dhoni’s flick off Dave Mohammed to the midwicket region was caught by Daren Ganga As the batsman started to walk back, captain Dravid declared the innings when the confusion started as the umpires were not certain if the fielder stepped on the ropes and Dhoni stayed for the umpire’s verdict While the replays were inconclusive, the captain of the West Indies side, Brian Lara, wanted Dhoni to walk off based on the fielder’s assertion of the catch The impasse continued for more than 15 minutes and Lara’s temper was on display with finger-wagging against the umpires and snatching the ball from umpire Asad Rauf Ultimately, Dhoni walked off and Dravid’s declaration was effected but the game was delayed, and Lara’s action was criticised by the commentators and former players Lara was summoned by the match referee to give an explanation of his actions, but he was not fined

Dhoni scored two centuries in Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009, a series of three matches in which he led India to a 2–0 victory With this feat, India soared up to the number one position in Test cricket for the first time in history India scored 726–9 (decl) in the third match of this series, which was their highest Test total then

He played his last series in the 2014–15 season in India’s tour of Australia captaining India in the second and third tests; losing the second and drawing the third, trailing the series 2–0 before the Sydney Test Following the third Test in Melbourne, Dhoni announced his retirement from the format In his last Test, he effected nine dismissals (eight catches and a stumping), and in the process, went past Kumar Sangakkara in the record for stumpings with 134 (in all three formats combined) He also set a record for effecting the most dismissals in a match by an Indian wicketkeeper until it was broken by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018 He finished his last innings unbeaten making 24 runs

T20I career

On 12 February 2012, Dhoni made an unbeaten 44 to guide India to their first win over Australia at Adelaide In the final over, he hit considerably large six which travelled 112 meters off the bowling of Clint McKay During the post-match presentation, he described this six as more important than the one he hit during the ICC World Cup final in 2011

He was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ for the 2014 T20 World Cup by the ICC

2007 ICC World Twenty20

MS Dhoni was chosen to lead India in first-ever World T20 in 2007 He made his captaincy debut against Scotland but the match was washed off Thereon, he led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy in South Africa, with a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on 24 September 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World Cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev

Retirement from international cricket

Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020

Domestic career

He debuted in first class and List A Cricket in the season of 1999–2000 In domestic cricket circuit he played for the teams such as Bihar, Jharkhand, India A, Air India Blue, Indian Board President’s XI, Rajasthan Cricket Association President’s XI, East Zone, Rest of India, East zone under 19, Chennai Super Kings, Rising Pune Supergiant In BCCI Corporate trophy he played for Indian government owned Air India airlines’s Air India team until his resignation from the company in 2013 In 2009, BCCI Corporate trophy Dhoni scored 106 runs playing for Air India Blue team against ‘India Revenue’ team In the inning he hit 7 sixes and 7 fours at Chandigarh

MS Dhoni doing fielding at practice session

Indian Premier League

MS Dhoni in CSK’s clothes circa 2011

Further information: 2013 Indian Premier League spot-fixing and betting case
See also: Lodha Committee

Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for US$15 million This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions Under his captaincy, CSK won the 2010, 2011, 2018 and the 2021 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles and ended up as a runner-up in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019 league seasons

MS Dhoni became the first player to play 200 T20 matches for Super Kings Dhoni is at the top of the list of most matches played in the Indian Premier League Dhoni is also one of the three captains to have won the Indian Premier League twice, with CSK

In 2015, the Chennai Super Kings got banned from the IPL for 2 years by RM Lodha from the committee of Supreme Court of India They were banned due to the illegal betting of one of their officials, Gurunath Meiyappan He was arrested with charges of spot-fixing According to Dhoni, it was darkest period of his career He said “The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match-fixing”

In 2016, Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS), a debuting IPL franchise team made him captain but after poor performance of the team in that season they removed Dhoni from captain’s position and chose Steve Smith, then Australian national team captain, for the post Dhoni played as wicketkeeper batsman in 2017 season for RPS

In the 2018 IPL season, CSK returned to IPL, and he was again appointed to lead the franchise by the franchise Dhoni scored 455 runs in that season and led his side to their third IPL title

In the 2020 & 2021 seasons of the IPL, Dhoni failed to perform where he scored 200 runs in 14 innings in 2020 and 116 runs in 16 innings with an average of 1529 in 2021 IPL season

He led the franchise to 4th title in 2021 Indian Premier League season Dhoni got retained by CSK for ₹12 Cr, before IPL 2022 player’s auction He stepped down from captaincy on 24 March 2022, where Ravindra Jadeja became the new captainHowever, on 30 April 2022, Jadeja handed over the captaincy back to Dhoni

Playing style

Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper Dhoni is an unorthodox batsman, in the sense that much of his batting technique does not follow coaching manuals Dhoni prefers to hit a full ball to Long-on, Long-off or Midwicket regions rather than driving it to the Cover region Not only taking advantage of full length balls, he also displays skill in playing pull shots & hook shots off of short balls, which applies pressure to the bowler to bowl to him He holds the bat firmly at the bottom of the handle and tries to hit the ball hard and flat to clear the boundary Yet, he manages to hit long sixes at times

Initially, Dhoni appeared as a lower-order attacking batsman but he gradually changed his playing style to deal with high-pressure scenarios and his growing responsibility as a captain He is a powerful hitter of the ball and is one of the fastest men in running between the wickets He made use of the helicopter shot technique, taught to him by a fellow player and childhood friend Santosh Lal

His wicket-keeping skill is widely praised by cricket experts but also criticised for lack of good technique He has a world record for the highest number of stumpings by any wicket-keeper

As a captain Dhoni, was approachable to players Former cricketers and opposition players underline that his behaviour on cricket ground was calm and composed He used to allow bowlers to set field for themselves

Personal life

Dhoni with his wife Sakshi and daughter

His ancestral village is Lwali, which is in Jaiti taluka of Almora district of the Uttarakhand state The village has population of 20 to 30 families His father Pan Singh Dhoni left the village in 1970 for employment He eventually settled in Ranchi Dhoni’s uncle Dhanpat Singh Dhauni and his cousin Hayat Singh Dhauni still live in Lwali

He married Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4 July 2010

The wedding took place in Dehradun, one day after the couple got engaged Dhoni and his wife have one daughter

Dhoni is a enthusiast of the Indian Army While spending a day with the parachute regiment in Ranchi, Dhoni said, “Since childhood I wanted to join the Army Seeing the soldiers, I thought one day I’ll be the same”

He holds the post of vice-president marketing in India Cements Ltd The company is headed by former BCCI president and IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan

International records

Test cricket

  • Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to score 4,000 Test runs
  • After hitting a six in the third Test against England in Southampton, Dhoni completed 50 sixes as a captain, an Indian record
  • Dhoni, with 294 dismissals in his career, ranks first in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers

ODI cricket

  • Dhoni is third captain (and the first non-Australian) overall to win 100 games
  • First player to pass 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with having a career average of over 50
  • Most not outs (84) in ODIs
  • Dhoni’s 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper
  • Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were involved in a partnership of 100 not out against Sri Lanka, which is India’s highest eighth wicket partnership in ODIs
  • Dhoni holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings (6) and career (432) by an Indian wicket-keeper
  • Dhoni has the most stumpings (123) by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career, and is so far the only keeper to pass 100 stumpings

T20I Cricket

  • Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20I innings (76) and scored the most runs(1,153) before scoring a fifty
  • Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is (91)
  • Most stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is (34)
  • Most catches as wicket keeper in a T20I innings (5)

Combined ODI, Test and T20I

  • He has played the most international matches as captain (332)
  • Dhoni is the first, and so far only, wicket-keeper to make 150 stumping across the three forms of the game His current total of stumpings in internationals stands at 195

Outside cricket

Sports-team ownerships

Along with Sahara India Pariwar, Dhoni is a co-owner of Ranchi-based hockey club Ranchi Rays, a franchise of the Hockey India League

Dhoni is also a co-owner, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, of Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC, a franchise of the Indian Super League

Dhoni’s interest in bikes is often discussed in media

Business interests

Main article: SEVEN (brand)

In February 2016, Dhoni launched lifestyle brand SEVEN Dhoni owns the footwear side of the brand and is also the brand ambassador of SEVEN In 2019, Dhoni invested in CARS24 and simultaneously became brand ambassador of the company

On 11th October 2022, at an event in Bengaluru, MS Dhoni was unveiled as the newest member of a startup He has invested in Shaka Harry, a plant-based protein company

Dhoni Entertainment

In 2019, Dhoni Entertainment entered into a long-term business agreement with Banijay Asia to produce content in various genres The first show developed was a documentary web series, titled Roar of The Lion, about the comeback of the Chennai Super Kings to lift the 2018 Indian Premier League starring MS Dhoni in the lead role The web series is the biggest ever release through the platform of Hotstar Specials and started its online streaming from 20 March 2019

Territorial Army

The Chief of Army Staff, Gen VK Singh pipping in the Rank of Hon Lt Col to MS Dhoni

Dhoni holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army (106 Para TA battalion) The honorary rank was presented to him by the Indian Army in 2011 for his service to the nation as a cricketer

After completing five parachute training jumps from Indian Army aircraft in the Agra training camp, he became a qualified paratrooper in 2015 In August 2019 he completed a two-week stint with the Territorial Army in Jammu and Kashmir

Awards and achievements

See also: Player of the Match awards (cricket)

The President, Shri Ram Nath Kovind presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Shri MS Dhoni on Monday, 2 April 2018

National honours

  • 2018: Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award
  • 2009: Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award
  • 2007–08: Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna award, India’s highest honor given for achievement in sports

Sporting honours

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011–2014)
  • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011
  • ICC Men’s ODI team of the decade: 2011–2020 (captain and wicketkeeper)
  • ICC Men’s T20I team of the decade: 2011–2020 (captain and wicketkeeper)
  • ICC Spirit of the cricket award of the decade: 2011–2020

Other honours and awards

  • MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006
  • LG People’s Choice Award: 2013
  • Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011
  • CNN-News18 Indian of the Year: 2011
  • In 2019 Jharkhand Cricket association named their stadium’s South stand after Dhoni

In media

  • A movie was made based on Dhoni’s life, from his childhood to the 2011 Cricket World Cup, titled MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, with Sushant Singh Rajput in the titular role
  • He was in the Disney+ Hotstar 2019 docudrama Roar of the Lion (web series), This five-episode docudrama tried to unravel the darkest phase of MS Dhoni’s cricketing career, involving the ban on Chennai Super Kings due to the illegal betting activities by the team’s main official, Gurunath Meiyappan
  • The Dhoni Touch: unraveling the enigma that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a book by Bharat Sundaresan

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