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Indian Cricket: MS Dhoni - A legend from Jharkhand

Indian Cricket: Mahendra Singh Dhoni officially known by the name of MS Dhoni is a professional Indian cricketer along with the former captain of the Indian cricket team. He is a right handed batsman with a man with golden arms behind the wickets. The legend was born on 7th July 1981 in a small town named Ranchi in Jharkhand (India). He is well known because of his captaincy skills along with the best finishing style - For more IPL and Best Cricket News follow 99Runs

He led the team to three ICC trophies which includes 2007 ICC World T20 Cup, 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He was named as the ' Captain Cool’ because of his right decision at right time and also because of his leadership skills in between the matches. He is counted among the legends of the Cricket and has also published his name in the Guinness Book of World Records for the most expensive bat ever sold in an auction.


Dhoni belonged to a very poor family where his father worked as a pump operator, he was indulged in playing as a goalkeeper in the younger age until the time came when Keshav Ranjan Banerjee inspired Dhoni to be a cricketer. He started playing for school team and then joined the Commando Cricket Club after which he was picked for the U-16 Vinod Mankad Trophy. When Dhoni was in 12th standard he got the opportunity to play at Central Coal Fields limited team where his excellent performance had moved him to A division.

On a later stage he joined the Bihar team and played Ranji Trophy for Bihar in 1999-2000 season. He finished with 283 runs in 5 matches. He made his first maiden class century against Bengal after which he scored only 5 fifties in the year 2000-01. He became the part of East Zone and won the Deodar Trophy in 2003-04 season after which he was picked for the India A squad tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya.


MS Dhoni in TATA Indian Premier League 2022
MS Dhoni

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Dhoni didn’t had a great start of his ODI career getting run out for a duck against Bangladesh, but he still got the chance to play against Pakistan in which he made his breakthrough with 148 of 123 deliveries making the record of the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. During a match against Sri Lanka, Sachin Tendulkar lost his wicket in the early stage after which Dhoni was appointed to accelerate the score, he came up with 183 of 145 winning the game for India. This innings had created many records, the highest individual score in the ODI cricket in the second innings. He was awarded with the man of the series for his efforts.

It was 2007 World Cup where Dhoni scored where Dhoni had century in two matches against West Indies and Sri Lanka along with the victory recorded as 3-1. During the 2015 World Cup Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all group stage matches in such a tournament. India achieved victory against Pakistan, South Africa, UAE, West Indies, Ireland and Zimbabwe. He scored 85 not our chasing the target score of 288 against Zimbabwe. He was the second Indian captain to maintain the average over 50 and a strike rate of 100 in the particular seasons of the World Cup.

Dhoni played Indian Premier League as the captain of CSK team. He was the most expensive player in the first season auction. Under his captaincy CSK won the IPL in 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021 and ended up as runners up in 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2019 league season. In 2015 when CSK was banned from the IPL he played as a captain from the Rising Pune Supergiants team but because of his poor performance the captaincy was given to Steve Smith, Australia’s national team captain. In the 2018 IPL when CSK returned he was again appointed as the captain where he came up with 455 runs in the season. Currently Ravindra Jadeja was appointed as the captain but on a later stage he passed the captaincy to Dhoni once again.


• India’s most capped Wicketkeeper in Test Cricket with 90 appearances.

• Most stumping in the international cricket with a total of 123.

• Most not outs in ODIs with a total of 84.

• Most international matches as a captain.

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