|Dhoni at a promotional event in January 2013|
|Full name||Mahendra Singh Dhoni|
|Born||(1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 36)|
Ranchi, Bihar, India
|Nickname||Mahi, MS, MSD, THALA, MFD|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Batting style||Right-hand batsman|
|Bowling style||Right-hand medium|
|Role||Wicket-keeper, Indian cricket team|
|Test debut (cap 251)||2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||26-30 December 2013 v South Africa|
|ODI debut (cap 158)||23 December 2004 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||16 February 2018 v South Africa|
|T20I debut (cap 2)||1 December 2006 v South Africa|
|Last T20I||28 December 2012 v Pakistan|
|Domestic team information|
|2016||[Rising Pune Supergiants]]|
|5 wickets in innings||–||–||–||–|
|10 wickets in match||–||–||–||–|
|Source: ESPNCricinfo, 14 November 2013|
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), commonly known as M. S. Dhoni, is a cricket player and was the captain of the Indian cricket team. Dhoni is a right-handed batsman. He is known as the greatest captain of all time, having achieved more success than any other captain in the history of cricket.
The Indian cricket team won the 2011 Cricket World Cup under his captainship. His Test cricket and One Day International records are the best among all Indian captains to date. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first ever inter-country ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Dhoni also holds the post of Vice-President of India Cements Ltd. after resigning from Air India. India Cements is the owner of the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings, and Dhoni has been its captain since the first edition of IPL.
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.
On 6 February 2015, Dhoni's daughter was born. He had played his 300th ODI match and scored 49* runs. MS Dhoni is the only captain to win all the ICC trophies.
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M.S Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and also plays the role of a wicket-keeper. He mostly plays shots in the back foot, that is, he plays shots shifting his body weight on the right leg. He has his own famous cricket shot, called the "Helicopter", that can pick balls and send them in the galleries for six runs.
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M. S. Dhoni Career
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (July 7 1981) is an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian National Cricket Team.
Under his captaincy India have won the the ODI World Cup (2011) as well as the Twenty20 World Cup (2007). He even led his team to the No.1 spot in Test ranking, a feat that had never been achieved by the Indian Team.
Dhoni for his efforts has been awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year award for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009 and is also the recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth civilian honour in 2009.
Time Magazine lists him amongst the “100 most influential people in 2011″ and according to SportsPro magazine, Dhoni is the 10th most valuable brand in the field of sports worldwide and number 1 among all Asian superstars.
MS Dhoni or MS as he is fondly known was born in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has two siblings, Jayanti and Narendra.
Dhoni studied at DAV Hawahar Vidya Mandir 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 Dhoni had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became a regular keeper for that club.
Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy matches in the 1997/98 season and performed well there. From there on he was included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998/99 season and scored 176 runs in 5 matches. Playing for the Cooch Berar Trophy for Bihar in 1999/2000, Dhoni’s contribution to the tournament included 448 runs (9 matches, 12 innings), 5 fifties, 17 catches and 7 stumpings.
Dhoni then later made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000 season and three years later based on his fine form, started playing for the India A team in the 2003/2004 season. It was over here where he was spotted by then Indian Cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri amongst others.
With Dhoni making a mark in the India-A squad, he was picked in the ODI national squad for the Bangladesh tour of 2004/05. Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck. He was later picked for the Pakistan ODI series and it is in this tournament where he stamped a permanent place into the Indian ODI side.
Over the years he has built a reputation of being an explosive batsmen who is as cool as a cucumber in the most tense of situations. His ability to maintain a balance in his team has earned him immense respect in the cricketing circles not just in India but across the world. MS Dhoni has tasted success in all formats of the game.
Apart for his love for the game, MS Dhoni is a huge sports enthusiast and has a large collection of bikes and cars. He endorses 15 brands from clothes to cold drinks and his idols include teammate Sachin Tendulkar, actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.
MS Dhoni got married on the 4th of July to Sakshi Singh Rawat, a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand.