MS Dhoni: World Best Captain

MS Dhoni Born on the 7th day of the 7th month of 1981, this kid never knew how much the number 7 would mean to the cricketing world because of him. He is Mahendra Singh Pansingh Dhoni. From a kid who loved football and goalkeeping to someone upon whom all hopes of hundreds of millions of people would lie, his story is worth addressing. He was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand) to Pan Singh Dhoni and Devaki Devi. He is married to Sakshi Singh Dhoni and has one daughter named Ziva Singh Dhoni. (Also rumored to be having 2nd child incoming 4/5 months)

MS Dhoni’s Struggle and his passion for the game

Although he is currently aged 40 years and stands 5’9” in height, his cricketing height has always peaked in any form of the game. But to reach that height he also had to struggle for a long period. Firstly, his father was in rigid opposition of him making a future in the sports industry but Dhoni’s passion for the game helped him come across all the odds. Just after completing high school, in search of a job that could help him pursue his dream and help him grow more in the cricketing field, Dhoni got selected for the role of a ticket collector at the Kharagpur Railway Station just because the railway’s cricket team was in search of a wicketkeeper.

He struggled so hard that during the daytime he used to work as the ticket collector and during the night time he would hit the nets and practice. This series of events didn’t stop until he got a place in the Ranji team where he performed well and got recognized as a hard-hitting batsman as also shown in the movie: ‘MS Dhoni The Untold Story.

Then he caught the eyes of the Indian Team selectors and was named in the ODI squad in 2004 where he played his first-ever International match against Bangladesh at Chittagong. But the agony didn’t end here, he got dismissed at a score of 0 runs in his first game. After this match, he was again backed up by his captain and in the following series game, he scored a massive 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan to mark his arrival in International  Cricket. That was the time when the lion roared for the first time on International grounds and there was no going backward.


Rise of The Captain Cool

The name MS Dhoni’s fame and talent got the mark on the international grounds when a young long-haired wicketkeeper from Ranchi led the Indian team to the ICC T20 Worldcup 2007 in South Africa. Indians still remember his calm decision to let Joginder Sharma bowl the final over and seal the game for Indians in the finals. In the span of 17 years of playing International cricket, MS Dhoni is one of the most decorated captains in the world. He is the only captain to have won all three ICC Trophies, The ODI World cup 2011, The T20 World cup 2007, and the Champions Trophy 2013. He also was a player with extremely praiseworthy sportsmanship spirit. Multiple times in his career, he helped in uplifting the spirit of the game.


The Finisher/Lightning-fast Dhoni

Not only a great captain, but MS Dhoni also established himself as one of the best finishers and the best wicketkeepers of the game. His pressure handling abilities during difficult run chases, his ability to read the game and analyze the situation in a quick span of time, and his ability to single-headedly put the team in a respectable state have earned him the title of the best finishers the game has ever produced. As of August 2020, MS Dhoni has successfully finished the game with a 6 for 13 times in just ODIs and also has stayed not out for 84 innings which is just incredible. This number also shows why he is the best in the business. Talking about his wicketkeeping skills, MS Dhoni has the record of fastest stumping in 0.08 seconds to dismiss West Indian Player Keemo Paul.


Records In the name of MS Dhoni

Test Records of Dhoni

  • MS Dhoni as the captain took India to the number 1 in test ranking for the first time in 2009.
  • MS Dhoni is the most successful test captain with 27 test wins.
  • MS Dhoni became the first wicketkeeper-batsman to score 4000 runs.
  • MS Dhoni scored 224 against Australia in Chennai which is the highest test score by an Indian Wicketkeeper Batsman and the highest ever score by a wicketkeeper captain batsman.
  • MS Dhoni scored 148 against Pakistan in test cricket which is the fastest century by an Indian batsman and 4th fastest overall.
  • MS Dhoni is at the top of the list of highest dismissals by Indian wicket-keeper with 294 dismissals.
  • MS Dhoni has 38 stumpings to his name which is the highest by any wicket-keeper in test cricket.
  • MS Dhoni has a record for the highest number of dismissals in an innings(6) and in a match(9) as a wicket-keeper.
  • MS Dhoni is just the 3rd captain overall to win 100 test matches.

ODI and T20s Stats of Dhoni

  • MS Dhoni is the fourth batsman to score 10000 runs and also is the only 2nd wicket-keeper to cross that milestone.
  • MS Dhoni became the first player to cross 10000 runs with an average of over 50.
  • Batting in the position of a lower-order batsman in the finishing role, MS Dhoni has the highest runs scored at number 6.
  • He also is the only batsman to have scored a century batting at number 7 or lower.
  • He has the most number of not-outs (82) in ODIs.
  • He also became the first Indian cricketers to hit 200 sixes.
  • MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 183 against Srilanka in 2005 which is the highest individual score by a wicket-keeper
  • He also is part of India’s highest eighth-wicket partnership in ODIs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
  • Dhoni has the record of playing the most number of ODIs as the wicket-keeper.
  • MS Dhoni has been a part of 6 dismissals in a single match and 432 dismissals in his career which is the highest by any wicket-keeper.
  • Dhoni has stumped players 120 times which is the highest by any wicket-keeper.
  • Dhoni has won the most number of T20I matches as captain.
  • MS Dhoni has played the most number of matches in T20Is as the captain.
  • One of the most interesting records MS Dhoni has is that he is the batsman to have not got out at the score of 0 for consecutive 84 matches.
  • Dhoni has scored 1153 runs before scoring a 50 which is the highest by any batsman.
  • He has the most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in T20Is(87).
  • MS Dhoni also has the record of the most stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is (33).


National Achievements of Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Apart from world cup trophies, MS Dhoni is a well-decorated Indian National. He has been awarded many prestigious awards for his contribution to the field of sports. Taking about national honors, in 2018, he was awarded Padma Bhusan, India’s third-highest civilian award. In 2009, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.  In 2007-8, he was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Rayna, India’s highest honor given for his achievements in the field of sports.

Also talking about Sporting honors, He was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008,2009. He also was part of ICC World ODI XI for the years 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 also captained the World XI in 2009 and 2011-2014. He also was part of ICC World Test XI for the years 2009, 2010, and 2013. He also won the Castrol Indian Cricketer of the year in 2011. Talking about other awards he received it includes MTV Youth Icon of the year 2006, the LG People’s choice award in 2013, and also got an honorary doctorate from De Montfort University in August 2011.


MS Dhoni Net Worth

MS Dhoni was ranked one of the top-earning sportsperson in 2012 by Forbes magazine. He also owns a hotel in Ranchi named ‘Mahi Residency’. In the years 2012, 2013, 2014, MS Dhoni was the highest taxpaying sportsperson in India. His net worth according to multiple sources is more than 100 million USD.

This also is shown by the way he loves bikes and has a wide range of bike collections which consists of a lot of expensive and fancy bikes. Some of his bikes in the collections include Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate Hellcat, BSA, Suzuki Hayabusa, a Norton Vintage, Hero Karizma ZMR, Yamaha Rxz, Yamaha Thundercat, Yamaha Rx, Ducati 1098, Yamaha Rd 350, Tvs Apache, Kawasaki zx14r Ninja, Confederate Hellcat X 132, Harley Davidson Fat boy, Enfield Machismo, Customized Tvs Dirt bike and many more.


MS Dhoni as a part of the Indian Army

The amount of respect and love MS Dhoni has towards the Indian army is also immense. He is constantly using accessories having the Balidan symbol. MS Dhoni also has conferred an honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Indian Territorial Army for his contribution to cricket in 2011. He also took part in a 2 weeks campaign with the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019.


The Biopic of MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni: The untold story, a movie that got released in 2016 starring the late Sushant Singh Rajput gave the world a cinematic look at the struggles faced by MS Dhoni in his times. The movie crossed more than 130 crores in the box office making it one of the highest-grossing Bollywood movies of all time.


MS Dhoni’s Retirement

August 15, 2020, was the day when MS Dhoni retired from international cricket quoting a beautiful Instagram post after the infamous Martin Guptill run out in the semifinals of the 2019 ODI Worldcup which was the last time we saw MS Dhoni in blues. Interestingly his ODI career started and ended with runouts. He retired from test cricket in December 2014 just after the match in iconic Melbourne cricket ground. He retired as the captain of the Indian team in 2017 giving charge in the hands of Virat Kohli who led the team thereafter. But he is still seen in Yellow leading the Chennai Super Kings to a victory in IPL 2021. He also has been retained by the franchise for 12 crores and will be seen leading the team in IPL 2022 too.