Dhoni is the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the World Cup in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. However, Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket last year in August. The 40 year old cricketer was born on 7 July 1981, in Ranchi.
There is sadness reading about Dhoni’s departure from the cricketing world stage, but also wonderment at having seen him in action. Chasing impossible totals with no compromises, whipping off the bails with abracadabra before the opposing batsman could figure out what was happening.
50 Amazing Facts About the Most Successful Captain Cool MS Dhoni
1. Dhoni resigned after 16 years on the international stage. He scored in excess of 15,000 international runs.
2. Even after he made his Ranji Trophy debut at the age of 18 out of 2000, he was utilized as a ticket authority at the Kharagpur railway station in West Bengal somewhere in the range of 2001 and 2003.
3. He later joined Air-India. He addressed the national airline in the BCCI Corporate Trophy in 2009. Dhoni gave up his Air-India work in 2013.
4. Dhoni was suggested as Team India’s skipper by Sachin Tendulkar. Rahul Dravid had stepped down as captain after the 2007 World Cup debacle where India was taken out in the first round. The new skipper had a dream start, winning the inaugural ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa.
5. Dhoni is the solitary captain to have won all ICC prizes – T20 World Cup in 2007, ODI World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.
6. In 90 Tests, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs with 256 catches and 38 stumpings. In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Test cricket, abruptly in the center of India’s visit through Australia.
7. Dhoni played 350 ODIs with his most noteworthy score being 183 against Sri Lanka, amassing 10,773 runs with 321 catches and 123 stumpings.
8. In T20Is, Dhoni aggregated 1,617 runs with 57 catches and 34 stumpings.
9. The swashbuckler has scored nine ODI hundreds of years and two of those tons came from batting at No 7. The most by any captain who has played at a lower-order position.
10. Dhoni has dominated most T20I matches as captain. He captained India in 70 T20I matches and his team won 41 of them.
11. Dhoni captained India when the team rose to the No 1 spot in the Test rankings without precedent for 2009.
Dhoni was also the best Indian captain with 27 Test wins, eclipsing the legendary Sourav Ganguly’s 21 triumphs.
12. Dhoni went through 656 days as the highest level batsman in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings from 2006 to 2010 and was the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
13. He was in the ICC ODI Teams of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in the ICC Test Teams of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award in 2011.
14. Dhoni has hit the most international sixes as captain.
15. Dhoni is the lone cricketer to feature in nine IPL finals. He has won the tournament threefold with the Chennai Super Kings in 2010, 2011 and 2018.
16. Dhoni is the solitary player throughout the entire existence of IPL to lead a team – CSK – to more than 100 successes.
17. Seeing him taking off his gloves and bowling in the Lord’s Test in 2011, even before lunch, angered another World Cup-winning captain, the strong Kapil Dev. Where might another ‘keeper remove pads and gloves and turn his arm over when the game was at a serious stage?
18. Dhoni has gotten one wicket in international cricket – against the West Indies during the 2009 Champions Trophy.
19. In 2017, he handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli in the 50-over format. The wicket-keeper partakes in a great camaraderie with the latter.
20. Dhoni is the solitary captain to lead his side in all six T20 World Cups.
21. Dhoni holds the record of playing the most noteworthy innings by an Indian wicket-keeper in the longest format. In 2013, Dhoni scored 224 against Australia in Chennai. He is also the solitary Indian wicket-keeper-batsman to score a double-century in Test cricket.
22. Dhoni was not in favor of the Decision Review System. It was nothing unexpected that he would ce the DRS after India began embracing the innovation. Named as the ‘Dhoni Review System’ by his fans, the Ranchi kid gets DRS calls right usually.
23. On April 5, 2005 Dhoni enrolled his first international century. He scored 148 against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam.
24. He last played a serious cricket match against New Zealand on July 9, 2019 during the World Cup.
25. Dhoni passed up making it to the U-19 World Cup team back in 2000. Ajay Ratra was chosen as the wicket-keeper.
26. Dhoni’s first Love: ‘I love my country, I tell my wife she is just the third generally important after my nation and my parents, in a specific order.’
27. MS Dhoni: The Untold Story, starring Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead spot, was released on September 30, 2016.
28. Dhoni took a stab at golf and participated in maiden golf tournament in the US.
29. Dhoni wore the shirt number 7. He has a special inclination for the number since his birthday is on July 7. July also is the seventh month on the calendar. So the number seven continues to repeat in various structures for Dhoni.
30. His favorite actor is John Abraham. His long hairstyle from his initial years of international cricket was enlivened by John.
31. Dhoni played badminton and football and was chosen to address locale and club in the two sports in Jharkhand where his Uttarakhand native parents had settled down. His reflexes as wicket-keeper are still arguably the best in the business and that can be attributed to the fact that he started out as a goal-keeper in football. It wasn’t until he was in Class 10 that Mahi chose to zero in on cricket. Mahi remains an avid soccer fan and is a co-proprietor – along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani – of Chennaiyin FC, the football team who participates in the Indian Super League.
32. Dhoni is also an enormous WWE fan. His favorite grapplers are Bret the ‘Hitman’ Hart and Hulk Hogan.
33. Dhoni loves old Hindi film songs. His favorite artist is Kishore Kumar, an affection he shares with Virender Sehwag (who sang Kishore Kumar melodies when batting!)
34. A honourary lieutenant colonel in the Parachute Regiment – India’s Special Forces – Mahi’s wicket-keeping gloves in the initial two games at last year’s World Cup had a military touch. Army green and navy blue with the Para regimental dagger insignia clearly noticeable. After the gloves kicked up a commotion, the ICC constrained Dhoni to make due with something more conventional.
35. Dhoni was the most costly marking at the principal IPL players auction, contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for $1.5 million.
36. On his ODI debut, Dhoni scored a duck against Bangladesh, out run out.
37. His motorcycle fixation is notable. The X132 Hellcat is one of the many bicycles in Dhoni’s assortment. He also possesses a team – the MSD R-N Racing Team India – in the FIM Supersport World Championship. It was later named Mahi Racing Team India; Telugu celebrity Nagarjuna is a financial backer in the team.
38. Dhoni made the helicopter shot a trademark of his ODI batting. He was taught the shot by a dear companion, Jharkhand cricketer Santosh Lal.
39. Dhoni is a self-proclaimed ‘absolute pet-darling’. Dhoni has dogs at home in Ranchi and he once said he adores returning to them after a series because they treat him the same, whether he has won or lost.
40. Dhoni was the first since forever wicket-keeper throughout the entire existence of Indian Cricket to lead the team in test format. He was handed over the captaincy during the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008.
41. MS Dhoni is the subsequent Indian captain to win his first home and abroad test matches. As a captain, he won his first home test against South Africa, and first abroad match at Hamilton against New Zealand.
42. MS Dhoni is a WWE fan and his favorite grapplers are Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Hulk Hogan. Other than Cricket and Football, Dhoni was really attached to badminton as well.
43. His long hairs during the initials years of his international cricket career were roused by John Abraham
44. Dhoni, with his triumph at Hamilton against New Zealand, became the main Indian captain to dominate a test game in New Zealand after a gap of 33 years.
45. Sachin Tendulkar suggested Dhoni as the captain of Indian Cricket team.
46. Dhoni is also exceptionally attached to his pets. He has been regularly spotted investing energy with them at his farmhouse.
47. MS Dhoni loves to have chicken and hot cocoa fudge
48. He holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Territorial Army. He is second one to get the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Prior to him, Kapil Dev was consulted with the same rank in Territorial Army.
49. MS Dhoni and bicycle – MS Dhoni is a major motorcycle darling with his garage loaded up with exotics, vintage motorcycles and some superbikes as well. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s passion for motorcycles returns to his early school days when he used to ride a Rajdoot and throughout the long term, he has added some captivating belongings to his collection.Yamaha RD350 was Ms Dhoni’s first bicycle.
50. He has a very refined taste in music. He loves listening to old classic Hindi movie melodies and is a Kishore Kumar fan.