Biography of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:-Mahendra Singh Dhoni is still the most loved cricketer of all times in India; he is a celebrity, only behind Sachin Tendulkar in popularity. Dhoni was an average Indian guy, a ticket checker, and son of a junior employee at MECON. MS Dhoni is a self-made superstar; he worked hard to become one of the greatest captains of all time, from football to wicketkeeping and from there to a hard-hitting batsman, Dhoni successfully made it through all the hurdles that were placed in his way. After he was given the Indian cricket team captaincy in 2007 on Tendulkar’s suggestion, who was also his childhood hero and role model, Dhoni’s first achievement was winning inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was handed leadership in all three formats of the game in 2008, he justified his selection as a captain, won ICC World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013, Asia Cup 2016, World T20 2007, test championship. i.e. number one position in Test rankings for the first time in December 2009 held by India for one and a half year, and making team India one of the most dominant cricket teams in world cricket.
Biography of Mahendra SinghDhoni
- Born:- 7 July 1981 (age 35), Ranchi, India
- Height:- 1.75 m
- Spouse:- Sakshi Dhoni (m. 2010)
- Sibblings:- Jayanti Gupta, Narendra Singh Dhoni
- Parents:- Devaki Devi, Pan Singh
- Current Teams:- India national cricket team
The biography of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s interesting and somewhat inspiring, his initial career remained on a roller coaster before he made his way to Ranji Trophy for Bihar. He was a street cricketer until he was selected in Bihar U-19 for 1998-99 seasons; his team was eliminated from the pool, with Dhoni going through a formidable period with his bat. As a typical sub-continent player, Dhoni’s aim was to hit a six on every ball before he joined first-class Ranchi Club, his batting style was molded but not up to the extent to diminish his natural batting style as most of the coaches of that era were doing to Indian youth. Most of his shots were architecture by himself, learned from his fellow cricketers, most famous was his trademark Helicopter shot that he acquired from his friend.Dhoni paid tribute to his friend by hitting a World Cup winning six off helicopter shot. His wicketkeeping technique and captaincy style are unorthodox, making him a special one in International cricket.
Domestic Career of MS Dhoni:
A goalkeeper turned wicketkeeper; MS Dhoni faced difficulty creating a balance between his education and cricket. His father strongly condemned his interest in cricket; he was scolded several times by his father, though his mother protected him from his father’s rage. He was determined to play for national side one day; he practiced for hours after regular net practice sessions and at home to perfect his batting and keeping skills. Dhoni started his career playing for CCL where Deval Sahay, Chairman of Bihar Cricket Association at the time used to gift him Rs. 50 for every six he used to hit. Two years later, Dhoni was playing of Bihar Cricket Team in 2000. An interesting encounter between MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh occurred during Cooch Bihar Trophy in 1999-2000 seasons when Dhoni finally got his form back by making 84 against Punjab posting a total of 357. Punjab batting second posted 839 runs, Yuvraj alone made 358, more than team total of Bihar.
Dhoni got a breakthrough playing for Bihar Team in Ranji Trophy; he had to perform well as Indian selectors were looking for a wicketkeeper-batsman at the time. He made a half-century on his debut in Ranji Trophy though it wasn’t enough for MSD or selectors to get him selected for National or U-19 squad. In the next season of Ranji Trophy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni posted his first-class century against Bengal team. Still, his performances were not that good for his selection. In the 2003-2004 seasons, Dhoni got his form back and scored a quick and unbeatable 128 against Assam. In the same season in 2003, Dhoni’s team East Zone won Dheodar Trophy with many contributions from Dhoni as a wicketkeeper and lower-order batsman, he was spotted by Bengal captain as a young emerging talent when he scored a brilliant century against Bengal team.
In the same year, Dhoni was called to leave his Travelling Ticket Examiner job and report in National Cricket Academy. His two years of misery and uncertainty ended with that call. In a tour to Zimbabwe, Dhoni was phenomenal behind the stumps; he took seven catches and 4 stumping in a match against Zimbabwe XI. Later in a triangular cup, Dhoni scored back-to-back centuries against Pakistan a team, SouravGanguly endorsed him for a chance in the national side that was not considered by the then coach of India A. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Sixes were famous as he hit every six towards selectors in the stands to grab selectors’ attention.
International Career of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
Once rejected on technical grounds, Dhoni’s batting and keeping style went on to become a trademark in International cricket in the coming decade. Dhoni finally got a chance in International cricket in 2004 in a series against Bangladesh; he was run-out on duck in his first ODI match. Later, in a series against Pakistan, Dhoni had his unforgettable inning when he scored his first century in International cricket, most runs by any Indian wicketkeeper i.e. 148 off 123 balls, the record was improved by himself in 2005 when he scored 183 runs in a 299-run chase batting at number 3 against Sri Lanka. His stats were amazing enough to earn him a central contract by BCCI, his score became the highest in ODIs by any player in the second innings. Dhoni was added in the test cricket team in 2005 when Dinesh Karthik was dropped due to lack of performances. He was a quick run-scorer in lower order for India, in a series against Pakistan; Dhoni scored his first Test century at Faisalabad. The year 2006 remained dry for Dhoni in test and ODIs. In 2009, Dhoni scored two centuries against Sri Lankans and India became number one test team under Dhoni’s captaincy.
India toured Pakistan in 2005-2006 for the test and ODI series, Dhoni scored three quick fifties in three matches and moved to the top of ICC ODI Rankings. ICC Champions was as disappointing for Mahendra Singh Dhoni as it was for Indian fans, India was at the bottom of the group and finally eliminated, Dhoni and Indian team had a rough year in 2006. His average dropped to 25 in the season with India losing most of the matches against the mainstream opposition. India wasn’t looking confident before 2007 World Cup and WT20 Championship the same year. He was made the captain of ODI and T20 side in 2007 after a humiliating exit from ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 when India lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, Dhoni’s house was vandalized by Indian extremists and fans due to his bad performances. Team India faced a cleanup operation post world cup 2007. Rahul Dravid was removed from captaincy, and Dhoni was made captain for T20 and ODI cricket. In the same season, India won the World T20 2007 under Dhoni’s captaincy when India beat Pakistan in a nail-biting contest. With India lifting T20 World Cup, selectors were optimistic about Dhoni’s captaincy as he crushed Bangladesh in the coming ODI series. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Stats were not convincing before he was made captain.
In September 2007, India had to face Australia, the World Champions and Sri Lanka for tri-series and Test series. It was the toughest series for Dhoni as a captain in Common Wealth Bank Tri-series. India won the CB series by winning 1st and 2nd Final comprehensively. With Dhoni in form, India won back-to-back test series and jumped to Number 1 spot in ICC Test Rankings in December 2009 for the first time and retained it for 18 months.It was one of the best seasons forDhoni as a captain and a batsman. He became number one batsman in ICC ODI Rankings beating Rickey Ponting; he scored 1200 runs at an average above 70 in each inning.
World Cup 2011:
India was one of the strongest contenders to win the World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy held in sub-continent except for Pakistan that was dropped out to host the Cupfor security reasons. It was evident before the first match of World Cup that India, Pakistan, or Sri Lanka will win the Cup. After winning a famous World Cup semifinal from hot-favorite Pakistan, India was believed as World Champions when they faced another sub-continent giant Sri Lanka. Dhoni’s captaincy made it possible by promoting himself up the order in a crucial and competitive run-chase. Dhoni was unstoppable that day, he made it look easy for India by scoring 91 not out hitting the winning six in style.Dhoni was a man of the match in the final game. MS Dhoni Captaincy Records are best by any Indian captain; he captained India in 191 ODI matches with India winning 104 losing 72. In tests, India won 27 out of 60 games.
Post World Cup Career:
In 2012 when India toured Australia, India under Dhoni’s captaincy registered their first win over Australia in Adelaide, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made that win memorable by hitting an 112 meter six to Clint McKay. Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained India as defending champions in ICC World Cup 2015 losing to Australia in Semi-finals. Dhoni retired from Test Cricket after 2014-15 tour of Australia, India lost the series, and Dhoni announced his retirement after the third Test. After Sachin, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only player to score 1000+ ODI runs against Australia. Dhoni is still leading India in T20 and ODI cricket, his ultimate goal is to lift Cricket World Cup 2019 for India going to be held in England and Wales. Dhoni is nicknamed Mahi since childhood; he is also named as MSD, Dhoni, and Captain cool by his fans.
IPL Career of MS Dhoni:
MS Dhoni was selected as a captain by Chennai Super Kings in 2008. He won two IPL Titles and four runner-up titles. Under Mahendra Singh Dhoni captaincy, Chennai Super Kings was the most successful team in the history of Indian Premier League. CSK also won Champions League T20 in 2010 and 2014 under his captaincy. Dhoni is also the vice-president of India Cements Pvt. Limited. After CSK had been eliminated from IPL on match fixing charges, Dhoni joined Pune Warriors India for the latest editions of IPL.
MS Dhoni Biopic:
A biopic was made on Mahendra Singh Dhoni depicting his struggle and fame, his personal life and records he made in his international career. The film received a great response from Audience and critics. M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story hit cinemas on 30thSeptember 2016 in 61 countries and dubbed in four languages making INR 1.6 Billion around the world. Dhoni was a consultant for the film, and the plot touched most parts of his life. It included his early life, how he met Priyanka Jha and Sakshi Rawat, Priyanka’s death and his notable performances.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Family and Personal Life
Dhoni belongs to Rajput Family of Ranchi, Jharkhand. His father Pan Singh was a junior management employee in MECON. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti and brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. Mahendra Singh Dhoni wife, Sakshi Singh Rawat was his childhood classmate. They both met in a hotel as Sakshi was studying Hotel Management at that time while Dhoni was a member of national team. Both got married in 2010, their first child, a daughter was born on 6 February 2015. Dhoni named his daughter Ziva.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is co-owner of Indian Football franchise, Chennaiyin Football Club. Dhoni is the most paid athlete in India at the moment. Dhoni is also the co-owner of Ranchi Rays, a team in India Hockey League. He is endorsed by 20 companies including Pepsi Co. Reebok, Exide, TVS Motors, Videocon, Reliance Co. Brylcream, Boost, etc.
Dhoni was awarded honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by Indian Armed Forces, Khel Ratna Award, Padma Shri award in 2009. He is one of the richest cricketers in the World, Time 100 termed him one of the most influential athletes in the world. In 2009, MS Dhoni was named as captain of World Test XI and World ODI XI teams. Dhoni also holds the record of most test wins (27) by any Indian captain.