MS Dhoni, the Captain Cool of Indian Cricket!

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MS Dhoni, the Captain Cool of Indian Cricket

‘Captain Cool’ never loses his cool, be it the World Cup or his personal life. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is practically one of the most famous personalities of Indian cricket. The man definitely needs no introduction in a country that worships cricket. Even those barely interested in cricket know his name. The former Indian worldwide cricketer captained for India from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. In this article, we bring to you everything you need to know about MS Dhoni. Read below to know more!

Early Life of Dhoni

Dhoni was brought into the world in Ranchi, Bihar (presently in Jharkhand), and he hails from a Hindu Rajput family. His fatherly town Lwali is in the Langara square of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s folks moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, where his dad Pan Singh worked in junior administration positions in MECON.

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  • Dhoni has a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni.
  • Dhoni is a fanatic of Adam Gilchrist, and his youth icons were cricket colleague Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood entertainer Amitabh Bachchan and artist Lata Mangeshkar.
  • Dhoni learned at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand where he at first dominated in badminton and football and was chosen at region and club level in these games.
  • Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football crew and was shipped off to play cricket for a neighborhood cricket club by his football trainer.
  • Despite the fact that he had not played cricket, Dhoni intrigued with his wicket-keeping abilities and turned into the standard wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998).
  • In light of his presentation at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well.
  • Dhoni zeroed in on cricket after his tenth standard. He was a Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur rail line station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), an area in West Bengal.
  • His associates recall him as a genuine, clear representative of the Indian Railways. Be that as it may, Dhoni additionally had a naughty side to his character.
  • Once, while remaining at the rail line quarters, Dhoni several his companions shrouded themselves in white bedsheets and strolled around in the complex late in the evening.
  • The night monitors were tricked into accepting that there were phantoms moving around in the complex. The story made large news on the following day.

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How Dhoni is in His Personal Life

Dhoni wedded Sakshi Singh Rawat, his classmate in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali and a local of Dehradun, Uttarakhand, on 4 July 2010. At the hour of their marriage, she was on the board and was functioning as a student at the Taj Bengal, Kolkata. After the retirement of Sakshi’s dad from his tea developing business, their family moved to their local spot, Dehradun.

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The wedding occurred one day after the couple got engaged. According to Bollywood entertainer Bipasha Basu, a dear companion of Dhoni, the wedding was anticipated months and was not an impromptu decision. Dhoni became a dad on 6 February 2015 to his cutest baby girl Ziva. At the hour of her introduction to the world, Dhoni was in Australia as the commander of the Indian group with the 2015 Cricket World Cup just seven days away. He chose not to head out back to India and was broadly cited saying that “I am on public obligation, different things can pause.”

The Legend’s Story to Successe

Dhoni has had a prolific career ever since the beginning. Let’s check it out:

Beginning of ODI Profession 

The Indian ODI group in the mid-2000s considered Rahul to be the wicket-attendant to guarantee that the wicket-guardian spot didn’t need batting talent. The group additionally saw the section of wicket-manager/batsmen from the lesser positions, with gifts like Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik (the two India U-19 skippers) named in the Test squads. With Dhoni making an imprint in the India A crew, he was picked in the ODI crew for the Bangladesh visit in 2004/05. Dhoni didn’t have an incredible beginning to his ODI vocation, getting behind schedule for a duck on debut. 


In the second match of the arrangement, Dhoni, in his fifth one-day worldwide, scored 148 in Visakhapatnam off just 123 deliveries. Dhoni’s 148 outperformed the previous record for the most elevated score by an Indian wicket-keeper, a record that he would re-compose before the year’s end. 

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  • Dhoni had not many batting open doors in the initial two rounds of the Sri Lankan respective ODI arrangement (October–November 2005) and was elevated to No. 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur). Sri Lanka had set India an objective of 299 following a Kumar Sangakkara century and, in answer, India lost Tendulkar early.
  • Dhoni was elevated to speed up the scoring and finished the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, dominating the game for India. The innings were depicted in Wisden Almanac (2006) as ‘Uninhibited, yet anything other than crude’.
  • The innings set different records remembering the most noteworthy individual score for ODI cricket in the second innings, a record just broken following seven years by Shane Watson.
  • Dhoni finished the arrangement with the most elevated run total (346) and was granted the Man of the Series grant for his endeavors. In December 2005, Dhoni compensated a B-grade contract by the BCCI.

2007 World Cup 

Arrangements for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded indistinguishable 3–1 triumphs over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had midpoints more than 100 in both these series.

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  • India surprisingly slammed out of the World Cup after misfortunes to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage. Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored only 29 runs in the competition.
  • After the misfortune to Bangladesh in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was developing in his old neighborhood Ranchi was vandalized and harmed by political activists of JMM. The nearby police organized security for his family as India left the World Cup in the first round.
  • Dhoni put his disillusioning exhibitions in the World Cup behind him by scoring 91* against Bangladesh after India was left in a difficult situation prior to the run-pursue. He was pronounced the Man of the Match for his exhibition, his fourth in ODI cricket.
  • He was likewise later declared the Man of the Series after the third round of the arrangement was washed away. Dhoni had a decent Afro-Asia Cup, scoring 174 runs in 3 matches at a normal of 87.00, with a raid 139 not out off 97 balls, a Man of the Match innings, in the third ODI. 
  • He was named bad habit skipper of the ODI group for the arrangement against South Africa in Ireland and the ensuing India-England seven-match ODI series.[86] Dhoni, who got a ‘B’ grade contract in December 2005, was granted an ‘A’ grade contract in June 2007.
  • He was additionally chosen as the skipper of the Indian crew for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. On 2 September 2007, Dhoni equaled his golden calf Adam Gilchrist’s global record for the most excusals in an innings in ODI by getting five English players and puzzling one.

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Ascending Through Ranks

During the arrangement between India and Australia in 2009, Dhoni hit a forceful 124 runs in only 107 balls, in the second ODI, and a deliberate thump of 71 runs in 95 balls, alongside Yuvraj Singh and saw India home by 6 wickets in the third ODI. Dhoni took his solitary wicket in global cricket on 30 September 2009. He bowled Travis Dowlin of the West Indies during a match in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.

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  • Dhoni batting against South Africa during the gathering stage match of 2013 ICC Champions Trophy 
  • Dhoni beat the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for a while in 2009. Michael Hussey from Australia supplanted him in the best position toward the start of 2010.
  • Dhoni had a brilliant year in ODIs in 2009, scoring 1198 runs in only 24 innings, at a surprising normal of 70.43. Dhoni was likewise the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 alongside Ricky Ponting, yet the last having played 30 innings. For his exhibitions in 2009, he was named as commander and wicketkeeper of the World ODI XI by the ICC.
  • The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 started off in the subcontinent and Dhoni-drove India was viewed as “top choices”. In spite of the fact that Dhoni didn’t have a decent show with the bat averaging only 30.0 in seven innings and overseeing 150 runs, India arrived at the finals with triumphs over Australia and Pakistan in quarter-finals and semi-finals, individually.
  • Pursuing an objective of 275 in the last against Sri Lanka, Dhoni protected his group close by Gautam Gambhir, and later Yuvraj Singh to help India lift their subsequent World Cup title since 1983. He scored 91 not out, completing the game with a chronicled six and asserting the Man of the Match grant. 

Post-2011 World Cup 

In 2012, Pakistan visited India for a two-sided arrangement without precedent for a very long time. In the three-match ODI arrangement, Dhoni top-scored for India in each of the three innings; nonetheless, India lost the arrangement 1–2. In the main ODI at Chennai, he assisted India with recuperating 29/5 to help post a sum of 227 out of 50 overs. Playing a thump of 113 not out, he had a record association with Ravichandran Ashwin, albeit in a losing cause.

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Winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, Dhoni turned into the first and the solitary commander in global cricket to guarantee all ICC prizes. In the downpour abbreviated last against England, he was out for a duck and hence winding up the competition with 27 runs from two innings. Nonetheless, his field positions and strategies came helpful, the group was effectively in beating the resistance by five runs (D/L method). He was additionally named as skipper and wicketkeeper of the ‘Group of the Tournament’ by the ICC.

Soon after the Champions Trophy, India visited the West Indies for a tri-county competition against West Indies and Sri Lanka. Dhoni got harmed at the beginning of the actual competition and got precluded for the entire competition. Nonetheless, in spite of not having completely recuperated, he got back to play the last against Sri Lanka, indeed just to wind up becoming a legend after without any help taking India to a triumph by only one wicket. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 off 52 balls with scoring 16 runs in the last over needed for the triumph. He was declared Man of the Match for this performance.

In November 2013, Dhoni turned into the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to total at least 1,000 ODI runs against Australia.

India visited South Africa and New Zealand in the 2013–14 season and winding up losing both arrangements, 0–2 and 0–4, individually. Against South Africa, Dhoni oversaw 84 runs at a normal of 48.0, including one 50 years. Against New Zealand, he oversaw 272 runs which included three continuous 50 or more scores. In the third match of the arrangement, his thump of 50 assisted India with tieing the match and in the long run staying away from an arrangement whitewash. In the interim, he scored his 8000th disagreement in ODI cricket on the tour.

India won the away ODI arrangement in England in 2014 by 3–1 and arrangement against West Indies in India by 2–1 edge. Dhoni had a decent execution with the bat scoring 50 years in every one of the series.

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2015 World Cup 

India’s planning, going into the competition, looked poor as India bombed severely in the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia, neglecting to dominate a solitary game. Dhoni himself oversaw only 70 runs from three innings averaging

MS Dhoni in Chennai Super Kings Tones in 2011

Dhoni was shrunk by the Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million. This made him the most costly part of the IPL for the primary season auctions. Under his captaincy, Chennai Super Kings won the 2010 and 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles. 

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After the suspension of CSK for a very long time, he was purchased by Rising Pune Supergiant for US$1.9 million out of 2016 and was named chief. Notwithstanding, his group completed in the seventh spot. In 2017, his group arrived at the last, where they lost to Mumbai Indians. 

In the 2018 IPL season, Chennai Super Kings got back to IPL, and Dhoni was again chosen to lead the establishment. Dhoni scored 455 runs in the competition and drove his side to their third IPL title.

Playing Style 

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Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. At first, Dhoni showed up as a lower-request assaulting batsman yet he step by step changed his playing style to manage high-pressure situations and his developing duty as a commander. He is an incredible hitter of the ball and is probably the quickest man in running between the wickets. He utilized the helicopter shot technique, instructed to him by the individual player and beloved companion Santosh Lal.

His wicket-keeping expertise is generally lauded by cricket experts.[citation needed] He has a world record for the most elevated number of stumpings by any wicket-keeper. He is the primary wicket-guardian in the group however he incidentally bowls as a medium-quick bowler. 

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Thus, MS Dhoni’s incredible journey is truly filled with inspiration! Stay tuned to Leverage Edu for more such informative reads and follow us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook!

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