About MS Dhoni
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born July 7, 1981, Ranchi
Current age 29 years 196 days
Also known as Mahi
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Major teams India, Asia XI, Bihar, Chennai Super Kings, Jharkhand
MS Dhoni Profile:
There was a time when the very idea of an Indian cricketer rivalling Sachin Tendulkar in the popularity stakes bordered on the preposterous. But the advent of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his meteoric rise through the ranks did just that, with a new generation transfixed by a small-town boy whose personality and background couldn't have been more different from that of Tendulkar.
Few had heard of him as a 23-year-old when he savaged a Pakistan A side in Nairobi. There had been the odd excited whispers from those who watched his big-hitting exploits in Kolkata club cricket, but hardly anyone expected that he would be playing for India within months of that Kenyan safari. In his fifth game, he lashed a matchwinning 148 against Pakistan and later in the year, he clubbed 183 against Sri Lanka. Such was the impact of his strokeplay that a far-from-polished wicketkeeping technique was almost ignored as he was fast-tracked into the Test side.
Within two years of that, he was leading an inexperienced team to glory in the inaugural World Twenty20, and winning the last tri-series to be held in Australia. When Anil Kumble handed over the Test reins in 2008, he celebrated with a home victory against Australia. Apart from the World Twenty20 win, his leadership also oversaw India's rise to the pinnacle of the Test ladder, and a massively successful three years for the Chennai Super Kings franchise that did well in each of the first three seasons of the IPL before winning the event in 2010, and going a step further to claim the Champions League in the same year.
Off the field, his Samson mane and fondness for fast bikes marked him down as Mr Cool, and though the haircut eventually became short-back-and-sides, the cool quotient never wavered. He was seldom flustered on the field either, batting and leading the side with poise and assuredness. Not for him the sustained harangue or the bloody oath.
He fine-tuned his game too, becoming a safe keeper and a batsman capable of shifting through the gears as he pleased. Sometimes discomfited by the short ball, he compensated with astonishing power in his preferred hitting zones. The scythe over midwicket, even to yorker-length deliveries, drove bowlers to distraction, and his mastery of the 50-over game is revealed by a batting average that remains over 50 after more than 150 games.
He remains the advertiser's dream and a poster boy for modern-day India, but off the field, Dhoni has seldom courted attention or publicity. Even his wedding was a low-key family affair, and now nearing 30, he remains content to make the big statements where they need to be made, out on the field.
|ODI career records by opposition|
|1||148||5||Pakistan||ACA-VDCA Stadium||Vishakapatnam, India||2005|
|2||183*||22||Sri Lanka||Sawai Mansingh Stadium||Jaipur, India||2005|
|3||139*||74||Africa XI||MA Chidambaram Stadium||Chennai, India||2007|
|4||109*||109||Hong Kong||National Stadium||Karachi, Pakistan||2008|
|5||124||143||Australia||VCA Stadium||Nagpur, India||2009|
|6||107||152||Sri Lanka||VCA Stadium||Nagpur, India||2009|
|7||101*||156||Bangladesh||Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium||Dhaka, Bangladesh||2010|
|Test career records by opposition|
|1||148||5||Pakistan||Iqbal Stadium||Faisalabad, Pakistan||2006|
|2||110||38||Sri Lanka||Sardar Patel Stadium||Ahmedabad, India||2009|
|3||100*||40||Sri Lanka||Brabourne Stadium||Mumbai, India||2009|
|4||132*||42||South Africa||Eden Gardens||Kolkata, India||2010|
|5||144||63||West Indies||Eden Gardens||Kolkata, India||2011|
Captaincy Record Details:
|Captaincy Record in Test Matches|
|At Home Venues||2008–2011||18||12||1||0||5|
|At Away Venues||2009–2012||19||5||9||0||5|
|Captaincy Record in One Day Internationals|
|In India (At Home Venues)||2007–2011||43||27||13||1||2|
|At Away and Neutral Venues||2008–2012||76||40||28||2||6|
|Captaincy Record in Twenty20 Internationals|
|In India (At Home Venues)||2007–2011||4||2||2||0||0|
|At Away Venues||2007–2012||11||4||7||0||0|
|At Neutral Venues||2007–2010||14||7||5||1||1|