MS Dhoni (Mahendra Singh Dhoni), is a former Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. As he announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on 15 August 2020 he goes away as one of the greatest cricketers and captains of all time.
10 Interesting Facts About MS Dhoni (Mahendra Singh Dhoni):
1. A Ranchi Boy from Uttarakhand:
Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) on 7th July 1981, and he hails from a Hindu Rajput family. His paternal village Lwali is in the Lamgara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, where his father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON.
2. A Goal keeper who became a Wicket keeper:
Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports. Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998).
3. RS. 50 for each six!
In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. Till 1998 Dhoni, who was in class 12th in school, had played only school cricket and club cricket and no professional cricket. One of the famous episodes, when MS Dhoni used to play for CCL, was when Deval Sahay used to gift him Rs 50 for each six that he hit in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches.
Playing for CCL, he got a chance to bat up the order. He grabbed the opportunity and scored centuries and helped CCL move to the A division. Deval Sahay impressed by his hard-hitting shots and dedication, used his contacts in Bihar Cricket Association to push for his selection in the Bihar team.
4. Bihar Under-19 Cricket:
Bihar U-19 cricket team advanced to the finals of 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy, where MS Dhoni made 84 to help Bihar post a total of 357. Bihar’s efforts were dwarfed by Punjab U-19s’ 839 with Dhoni’s future national squad 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 but scored only 97 runs in four matches, as East Zone lost all four matches and finished last in the tournament.
5. First attention from Saurav Ganguly:
MS Dhoni was picked for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. He did well against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club where he showed his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings. 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’s performance with 362 runs in 6 innings at an average of 72.40 and his performance in the series received attention from the then Indian captain – Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, amongst others.
6. Entry to the Indian National Cricket Team:
MS Dhoni making a mark in the India A squad, he was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05. However, Mahendra Singh 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.
7. A set of World Records from MS Dhoni:
The Capetian Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni has many World Records in his name.
Only captain to win three ICC tournaments:
MS Dhoni led India to victory in the inaugural edition of World T20 in 2007, followed it with an ODI World Cup triumph in 2011 and then became the only captain to lift all three ICC tournaments by leading India to the Champions Trophy title in 2013.
Most international matches as a captain:
Dhoni has captained India in 332 international matches – 200 ODIs, 60 Tests and 72 T20Is – which is a world record. Australia’s Ricky Ponting has captained in 324 international matches. Dhoni is also the only captain to have led in 50+ international matches in each of the three formats of the game.
Most final wins as a captain (ODIs):
Dhoni has led India to 6 multi-nation ODI tournament finals and of which India have won 4 – making him the most successful captain in multi-nation ODI tournament finals. Overall, Dhoni has won 110 ODI ODIs as a captain, which is the second-most by any player. Ponting is in the first place on the list by winning 165 ODIs.
Most Not Outs in ODIs:
MS Dhoni has remained unbeaten in 84 ODIs, which is again a world record. The second best is by former South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock, who has 72 not outs to his name. Out of the 84 times, Dhoni remained unbeaten in ODIs, 51 came while India were chasing and amazingly, the Men in Blue have emerged victorious in 47 of those while two matches were tied and they lost only 2 times.
Most stumpings in international cricket:
MS Dhoni also holds the record for inflicting most number of stumpings in international cricket. in 350 matches, Dhoni has 123 stumpings to his name. He is also the only wicket-keeper to have inflicted 100 international stumpings in his career. In terms of total dismissals, Dhoni is behind South Africa’s Mark Boucher and Australia’s Adam Gilchrist.
DRS (Dhoni Review System)!
8. The Padma shri for the legend:
Dhoni has also been given many awards, such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2009.
9. MS Dhoni Net Worth:
MS Dhoni’s actual net worth is $ 205 million in 2020. Talking about Indian Rupees, the MS Dhoni net worth is about (1551 crores INR). His net worth is growing at 40% every year. BCCI pays Dhoni 7 Crore INR as a player every year. and he is among the top 3 most wealthy cricketers in the world.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a huge collection of cars and bikes worth crores of rupees. Dhoni is very fond of large cars. Talking about Dhoni’s collection of cars, these include big brands like Mercedez, Hummer, Ferrari, Audi, Range Rover, etc.
10. End of an Era:
Yes, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15 2020, bringing down curtains on a near 16-year-long storied career of one of the country’s greatest limited-overs cricketers.
A message from BCCI: