Mahendra singh Dhoni, he is not a pal do pal ka shayar but one who has written his own destiny. He is one of the star of cricket world that will never loose it’s shine. He is an inspiration of commitment and dedication to youth for all coming generation.
So as India’s most-decorated cricket captain MS Dhoni says good bye to international cricket, we have compiled a list of 40 facts about Dhoni. The list light be endless but we have fried to pick the best for your knowledge.
1. Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand after his family moved to the city from Uttarakhand.
2. Dhoni’s paternal village Lvali is in the Lamgarha block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand.
3. Dhoni studied at the DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi and was into sports from a very young age.
4. Before taking up cricket full-time, Dhoni excelled in football and badminton. He played at the district and club level in both football and badminton.
5. Dhoni was an excellent goalkeeper and his skills in football caught the attention of his childhood coach Keshav Bannerjee, who urged him to try his hand at cricket and wicketkeeping.
6. Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore.
7. The East zone team which won the Deodar Trophy in the year 2004, rejected Dhoni at first saying he had an unconventional playing style.
8. While playing for the Central Coal Fields Limited in the Sheesh Mahal tournament, Dhoni used to get Rs 50 from his coach Deval Sahay for each six that he hit in the matches.
9. Dhoni made his debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy against Assam in 1999-2000 season. He scored 68 not out in his maiden innings and finished the season with 283 runs in five matches.
10. Dhoni is known for his passion for motorcycles. His love for two-wheelers started from a very young age and he now has an enviable list of bikes ranging from the very old to the very exclusive.
11. Dhoni owns bikes such as the Yamaha RD350, Harley Davidson Fatboy, Ducati 1098, Kawasaki Ninja H2 and the super exclusive Confederate Hellcat X132. The former India captain is the only one to own this rare bike in South East Asia.
12. The ‘Helicopter Shot’, which Dhoni is famous for, was taught to him during a tennis-ball tournament in Ranchi by his friend Santosh Lal.
13. Dhoni made his international debut in an ODI match against Bangladesh in Chittagong and got run out from the first ball he faced while batting at No. 7.
14. Dhoni has played 131 First-class matches and scored 7038 runs at 36.84 with nine hundreds and 47 half-centuries.
15. In 296 ODIs Dhoni has amassed 9496 runs at an average of 51.32 with 10 hundreds and 64 fifties. He is the second highest run-scorer as a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals.
16. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 but not before he scoring 4876 in 90 matches at 38.09 with six hundreds and 33 fifties. Virat Kohli took over the captaincy after Dhoni’s retirement.
17. Dhoni is the only captain in world cricket to win all three ICC trophies – 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
18. Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins, eclipsing Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21. He is also the most successful ODI and T20I captain for India with 110 and 41 wins respectively.
19. Dhoni is the third captain in world cricket to win more than 100 ODI matches after Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.
20. In just his fifth ODI, Dhoni was promoted up the batting order at No. 3 and he repaid the team management’s faith by smashing 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in Vizag. It was his maiden hundred in international cricket and is the fastest ton by an Indian wicket-keeper in ODIs.
21. Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4 July, 2010. Sakshi hails from Dehradun, Uttarakhand. At the time of their marriage, she was studying Hotel Management and was working as a trainee at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata. Ziva came in their life as daughter on 6 february 2015.
22. Dhoni made sure to keep his wedding away from the media glare and it was attended only by his close friends and family members. Actor John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were also a part of the celebrations.
23. Dhoni was first spotted by the Talent Resource Development Wing, an initiative by the BCCI to fast-tack talent in India. Hence, former Bengal skipper sent his report about Dhoni to the National Cricket Academy. This proved to be a turning point for Dhoni.
24. Dhoni was selected in Central Coal Limited under the sports quota. For playing matches, the former Indian captain used to fetch a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,000 including an extra Rs. 200 if he emerged as the match-winning player.
25. Dhoni has hit the most international sixes as captain (204). Overall he hast hit 342 sixes so far and is fifth on the list led by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi (476).
26. Dhoni also holds the record for playing the most number of international matches as captain (331).
27. Dhoni is India’s most successful captain as mentioned before but he also has the dubious distinction of an Indian captain with most Test defeats overseas with 15.
28. Dhoni’s knock of 54 off 114 balls against West Indies at Antigua in 2017 was the second slowest half-century scored by an Indian batsman. Sadagoppan Ramesh holds the unwanted record.
29. The unbeaten 183 he scored against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODI cricket.
30. Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in the Chennai Test in 2013 is the second highest score by an Indian captain. En route to 224, Dhoni registered the highest Test score by an Indian wicket-keeper when he was on 193, beating Budhi Kunderan’s 192.
31. Dhoni is known to be one of the greatest ODI players in history and over the years has been the best finisher in limited-overs cricket. His awesome but unconventional batting skills has helped him average over 50 in ODI cricket despite his batting position in the middle order. He has the highest batting average among wicket-keepers in ODIs.
32. For Dhoni has always maintained that the Army is his first love and was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1 November 2011. “I love my country, I tell my wife she is only the third most important after my country and my parents, in that order,” Dhoni once said.
33. Dhoni has a huge fan following in India and abroad. Among the many crazy fans he has met over the years, there was one girl in Ranchi who chased his Hummer in her scooty and clicked a selfie with him at the Airport.
34. Dhoni is the only cricketer to feature in eight IPL finals. He has won the tournament thrice with Chennai Super Kings in 2010, 2011 and 2018, being the only captain to defend the title.
35. In February 2018, Dhoni broke the world record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in T20 cricket.
36. Dhoni was a huge fan of John Abraham copied and had long hair just like him. He even cut his hair short when the Bollywood actor did so.
37. MS Dhoni is the third Indian and first wicketkeeper to appear in 500 international. Only Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid had reached the landmark from India before MSD.
38. He learned his famous ‘helicopter shot’ (also called ‘thappad’ shot) from his childhood friend Santosh Lal during the time he used to play tennis ball cricket for durga sporting club.
39. Overall, Dhoni has 7,038 ODI and 13,353 Test runs to his name in First-class and List A games respectively.
40. The wicketkeeper batsman Dhoni made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004. Here he got run out without scoring a single run. But his first failure was a great lesson to him and what he is today, no need to describe.
The ingle’s post has made all possible efforts to share the best and correct information about MS Dhoni. This is not an article but an honour to Dhoni. We firmly believe that youth from not only sport but from all sections must learn the lesson of success from MS Dhoni.