MS Dhoni born 7 July 1981 is a former Indian international cricketer. Who captained the Indian national team in limited-over formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Under his captaincy, India won the inaugural 2007 ICC World Twenty20. The 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. MS is one of the highest run scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen and captains in the history of the game. Dhoni was also the first wicket-keeper to affect 100 stampings in ODI cricket.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni or MS Dhoni is an Indian International Cricketer who has recently retired from International Cricket. He is the only captain in the history of cricket to have won all ICC trophies. Let’s know about MS Dhoni biography & some interesting facts related to his life.
A Short Biography About MS Dhoni
|Full Name||Mahendra Singh Pansingh Dhoni|
|Nick Name||Mahi, MSD, Captain Cool, Thala|
|Birth||July 7, 1981 (Ranchi, Bihar)|
|Profession||Indian International Cricketer|
|Right-arm medium (bowling)|
|Movies||M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016 movie)|
|Roar of the Lion (2022 web series)|
Dhoni Family background
Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), and he hails from a Hindu Rajput family. His paternal village Lwali is in the Lamgara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, where his father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni.
MS Dhoni Early Life
Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand 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 he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998).
Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well. Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard.
MS Dhoni Personal Life
Before marrying his schoolmate Sakshi Singh Rawat, MS Dhoni fell in love with Priyanka Jha, whom he met in his early 20s. At that time in the year 2002, Dhoni was trying his best to get selected in the Indian team. The same year, his girlfriend died in an accident. Dhoni also dated South Indian actress, Lakshmi Rai. Mahendra Singh Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his school friend from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, on July 4, 2010. At the time of their marriage, Sakshi was studying a hotel management course at Taj Bengal in Kolkata as a trainee.
On February 6, 2015, the couple gave birth to a baby girl named Ziva. At this time, he was in Australia and 2015 Cricket World Cup was a week later. He didn’t travel back and quoted ‘I am on national duty, other things can wait’.
MS Dhoni Domestic Career
In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 seasons, as an eighteen-year-old. He made a half century in his debut match scoring 68*. In the Duleep Trophy finals, Dhoni was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone. Dhoni’s talent was discovered via the BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW. Dhoni was discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw Dhoni play for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.
He was recognized for his efforts in the 2003/04 season, especially in the One Day format and was picked for the India a squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. Against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club, Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings in the match. In the tri-nation tournament involving Kenya, India A and Pakistan A, Dhoni helped India A chase down their target of 223 against Pakistan A with a half-century. Continuing his good performance, he scored back to back centuries – 120 and 119* – against the same team. Dhoni scored 362 runs in 6 innings at an average of 72.40 and his performance in the series received attention from the then Indian captain – Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri, amongst others.
Domestic team information
|1999–2004||Bihar cricket team|
|2008–2015||Chennai Super Kings|
|2016–2017||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|2018–||Chennai Super Kings|
MS Dhoni International Career
Dhoni made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. Dhoni was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.Dhoni also holds numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.
He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and the West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings.
Dhoni 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 IPL season. He announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014.
MS Dhoni International Performance
|National side||India (2004–2019)|
|Test debut (cap 251)||2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka|
|Last Test||26 December 2014 v Australia|
|ODI debut (cap 158)||23 December 2004 v Bangladesh|
|Last ODI||9 July 2022 v New Zealand|
|ODI shirt no.||7|
|T20I debut (cap 2)||1 December 2006 v South Africa|
|Last T20I||27 February 2022 v Australia|
|T20I shirt no.||7|
MS Dhoni Career Statistics
MS Dhoni Achivement & Awards
1- In 2018, he received India’s third-highest civilian award– Padma Bhushan.
2- In 2009, he received India’s fourth-highest civilian award– Padma Shri.
3- For 2007-2008, he received India’s highest honour given for achievement in sports– Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna.
4- In 2008, 2009, he was awarded the ICC ODI Player of the Year.
5- In 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014; he was awarded the ICC Wolrd ODI XI.
6- In 2009, 2010 and 2013; he was awarded the ICC World Test XI.
7- In 2011, he was awarded Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year.
8- In 2006, he was titled as the MTV Youth Icon of the Year.
9- In 2013, he received the LG People’s Choice Award.
10- In August 2011, he received an honorary doctorate by De Montfort University.
MS Dhoni Net Worth
In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Dhoni as one of the world’s top-earning sportsperson. Dhoni owns a hotel in Ranchi named ‘Mahi Residency’. He also became the highest taxpayer sportsperson in India for the year 2012, 2013, 2014. As per several sources, his net worth is approximately US$103 million.
1- MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Ranchi Rays (Ranchi-based Hockey Club) along with Sahara India Pariwar. Ranchi Rays is a franchise of the Hockey India League.
2- Along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC (Chennai-based football club). It is a franchise of the Indian Super League.
3- Along with Akkineni Nagarjuna, Dhoni is the co-owner of Supersport World Championship team, Mahi Racing Team India.
In February 2016, Dhoni launched his brand ‘SEVEN’. He owns the footwear of the brand is the brand ambassador of his company.
MS Dhoni has a production house named ‘Dhoni Entertainment’. The first show produced under this banner was a documentary web series premiered on Hotstar– Roar of the Lion. The series had MS Dhoni himself in the lead role.
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