M.S. Dhoni also is known as Mahi, Thala and previously The captain cool. The part of the current squad for the ICC cricket world cup 2019, Mahi might be playing his last world cup. It was he who lead the Indian team to the 2011 world cup trophy. It was him behind the wickets then and it’s him behind the wickets now. M.S. Dhoni got married to Sakshi back in 2010 and in 2015 the couple was blessed with a baby girl Ziva Dhoni.
The former Indian captain who will turn 38 this year started his journey back in 1998 and played for the junior cricket team of Bihar. The wicket keeper/ Batsman was initially a goalie for a football team but later excelled his skills in cricket. He soon moved to the senior Bihar Ranji team in 1999 and played till 2002. After that he played for the Jharkhand Ranji team for the 2002-2003 season and scored 7 half centuries in that season and got recognition as a dependable lower order batsman. He was the part of the east zone team and contributed 244 runs in four matches which included a century against the central zone.
He was later on picked for the India-A team and toured Zimbabwe and Kenya for , his skills as a wicket keeper were highlighted when he caught 4 catches and did 7 stumpings in a single match against Zimbabwe. His back to back centuries against Pakistan got him the attention of then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and former Indian batsman Ravi Shastri.
Initiation of the ODI career
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.
He ended up scoring a century (148) in the second match of the series. His 183 against Sri Lanka when he was promoted up in the order to bat at number three. He was the man of the series for scoring a total of 346 runs.
2007 t-20 World Cup
There was a time when people thought that T-20 was a not so good of a format and many senior players did no take it seriously. Dhoni lead the an Indian team full of young players to grab the opportunity and bring the cup home. The final was against Pakistan and India won by 5 runs. This glorified the young team and the young captain as they had made their mark.
2011 World Cup
The Dhoni lead team India, were favorites since day one. India reached the finals with victories over Australia and Pakistan in quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively. Chasing a target of 275 in the final against Sri Lanka, Dhoni rescued his team alongside Gautam Gambhir, and later Yuvraj Singh to help India lift their second World Cup title since 1983. He scored 91 not out, finishing the game with a historical six and claiming the Man of the Match award.
Quitting captaincy and the IPL career
He quit the position of the Indian captain in 2017 and was succeeded by Virat Kohli. Dhoni’s leadership capabilities have never been questioned. It’s said that the man can lead an under -19 team into the play off’s of the Indian Premier league. Dhoni has been playing for Chennai Super Kings since the start of IPL back in 2008. He lead that team to victory in 2010,2011 and 2018 while the team remained suspended for 2016 and 2017 seasons of the league. The team also won two champions league t-20 under him.
Mahi in tests
He started playing test matches in 2005 and has made 4,876 runs in test cricket in 90 matches. He has captained India across all formats. He played his last series in the 2014–15 season in Austrlia tour 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 Dhoni announced his retirement from the format. In his last Test, he effected nine dismissals (eight catches and a stumping), and went past Sangakara 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 wicket keeper until it was broken by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018.He finished his last innings unbeaten making 24 runs.
His biopic came back in 2016 titled M.S. Dhoni- The untold story which covered up till 2011 world cup. He also features in a Hotstar documentary film The roar of the lion.
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