101 Facts About Mahendra Singh Dhoni

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the main wicket-keeper in the team but he occasionally bowls as a medium fast bowler.

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2. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a world record for the highest number of stumpings by any wicket-keeper.

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3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is quickest when it comes to stumpings.

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4. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a powerful hitter of the ball and is one of the fastest men in running between the wickets.

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5. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the third captain to win 100 matches, after two Australians, Ricky Ponting, and Allan Border.

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6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had come after the dismissal of Virat Kohli, a right-handed batsman.

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7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni started building a good partnership with Gautam Gambhir.

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8. Mahendra Singh Dhoni stumped Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan and captain Habibul Bashar in the match but, India lost by 5 wickets.

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9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the captain of the side in their absence, and became the first cricketer to lead India 200 times in ODIs.

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10. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final Test against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008, replacing Anil Kumble who was injured in the third test and who then announced his retirement.

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11. Mahendra Singh Dhoni went on to become the ODI captain of the Indian team for the seven-match ODI series against Australia in September 2007.

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12. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his captaincy debut against Scotland but the match was washed off.

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13. Mahendra Singh Dhoni kept the wickets and effected one catch and a runout.

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14. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made debut against South Africa in December 2006.

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15. Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished his last innings unbeaten making 24 runs.

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16. Mahendra Singh Dhoni set a record for effecting the most dismissals in a match by an Indian wicketkeeper until it was broken by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018.

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17. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 91 not out, finishing the game with a historical six and claiming the Man of the Match award.

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18. Mahendra Singh Dhoni bowled Travis Dowlin of the West Indies during a match of the 2009 Champions Trophy.

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19. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elected as the captain of the Indian squad for the World Twenty20 in September 2007.

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20. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a fighting half-century in the second innings in a losing cause.

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21. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a half century in his debut match scoring 68* in the second innings against Assam cricket team.

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22. Mahendra Singh Dhoni grabbed the opportunity and scored centuries and helped CCL move to the A division.

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23. Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014.

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24. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.

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25. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013.

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26. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his first Test century in Faisalabad in January 2006 in Pakistan.

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27. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first cricketer from the Jharkhand to come out on the Indian map, as a new state separated from Bihar, which got a place in Team India.

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28. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain in the world who scored a hundred in the ODI batting at number seven and that too in December 2012 against Pakistan.

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29. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win a Test match on New Zealand soil after a gap of 33 years.

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30. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the first ever wicket-keeper in all these years, to captain Team India.

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31. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is among the game's mightiest strikers of the cricket ball.

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32. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reached quite a few milestones in his illustrious career.

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33. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 at Ranchi, Jharkhand located in the east corner of India.

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34. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his ICC Cricket World Cup debut in 2007 and played only three matches due to India's early exit.

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35. Mahendra Singh Dhoni began his career in 1998 by playing for Bihar U-19 team.

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36. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lt Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in 2011, the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev.

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37. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was Team India's first captain to help reach No 1 spot in Test rankings.

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38. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a non vegetarian and he loves eating chicken.

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39. Mahendra Singh Dhoni paid a whooping amount of 20 crores just as tax in the year 2014 which made him the highest income tax payer in Jharkhand for sixth consecutive year.

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40. Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his debut Ranji Trophy match when he was just 19 years old in the year 1999.

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41. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be remembered as one of the most talented and entertaining players to ever take the field.

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42. Mahendra Singh Dhoni stopped serving as India's captain in 2017, having led his country in 331 international matches, the most for a captain in the sport's history.

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43. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was honoured for his play with the ICC One Day International Player of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.

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44. Mahendra Singh Dhoni roped in as brand ambassador of online matrimony service.

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45. Mahendra Singh Dhoni stops car to interact with young fan.

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46. In this image, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is discussing about the shoot with the director and his hair stylist Sapna Bhawnani.

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47. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not picked in the T20I squad for the Windies series as well as Australia tour.

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48. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been off the field for a while now, he last featured in the ODI series against Windies.

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49. Mahendra Singh Dhoni should play 2019 World Cup because he takes load off Kohli, says Gavaskar.

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50. Mahendra Singh Dhoni said, "I'm happy to be associated with the iconic internet brand BharatMatrimony.

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51. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has entertained fans for long on the cricketing field.

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52. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most enigmatic characters in Indian cricket.

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53. Mahendra Singh Dhoni can be used as a floater in the batting order and has been mighty effective in the past.

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54. Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his arrival to the international arena when he scored a scintillating century against the arch-rivals Pakistan in Vizag.

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55. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been India's greatest match winner and finisher in the limited overs format.

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56. Mahendra Singh Dhoni signed with Kolkata-based celebrity management company Gameplan Sports in April 2005.

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57. Mahendra Singh Dhoni owns the footwear side of the brand and is the brand ambassador of SEVEN.

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58. Mahendra Singh Dhoni became a father on 6 February 2015 to a baby girl named Ziva.

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59. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before an in-form Yuvraj Singh.

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60. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was dismissed for 0 for the second time in the tournament, off his very first ball by Muttiah Muralitharan.

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61. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 29 off 25 Balls which includes Two 4s and One 6.

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62. In March 2013, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain when he eclipsed Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 victories from 49 Tests.

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63. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had previously captained India on a stand-in basis against South Africa and Australia, in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

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64. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was vice-captain in this series up to that point.

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65. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named the captain of Indian squad for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007.

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66. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a part of India's first ever Twenty20 international match.

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67. On the West Indies tour in 2006, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored a quick and aggressive 69 in the first Test at Antigua.

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68. Mahendra Singh Dhoni played in his naturally aggressive style as he brought up his maiden Test hundred in just 93 balls after scoring the first fifty in just 34 deliveries.

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69. Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate helped India set a target of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247.

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70. Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as captain of India in the limited over formats in January 2017, just ahead of the ODI series at home against England.

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71. Mahendra Singh Dhoni led a young Indian side to series victory against Zimbabwe in June 2016.

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72. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scores 92* in the second ODI to help India register the first win of the tour.

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73. In the process, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches.

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74. In November 2013, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the second India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1,000 or more ODI-runs against Australia.

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75. Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to make a mark with the bat, yet became the first captain to lift all three ICC trophies.

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76. Mahendra Singh Dhoni led India to the top of group table beating South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies.

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77. In the three-match ODI series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was India's highest scorer in all three matches.

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78. On 12 February 2012, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made an unbeaten 44 to guide India to their first win over Australia at Adelaide.

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79. In the final clash with Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a knock of 91* to help India lift the cup.

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80. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 along with Ricky Ponting, but the latter having played 30 innings.

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81. Mahendra Singh Dhoni took his first wicket in international cricket on 30 September 2009.

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82. On 2 September 2007, Mahendra Singh Dhoni equalled his idol Adam Gilchrist's international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching five English players and stumping one.

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83. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was declared the Man of the Match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket.

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84. Mahendra Singh Dhoni put his disappointing performances in the World Cup behind him by scoring 91* against Bangladesh, after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase.

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85. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India.

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86. In the Duleep Trophy finals, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone.

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87. One of the famous episodes, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni used to play for CCL, was when Deval Sahay used to gift him Rs 50 for each six that he hit in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches.

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88. In 1998, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited team.

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89. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal.

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90. Mahendra Singh 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.

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91. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a fan of Adam Gilchrist, and his childhood idols were cricket teammate Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.

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92. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar, and he identifies as a Hindu Rajput.

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93. In 2009, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings.

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94. In the final of the 2011 World Cup, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 91 not out off 79 balls handing India the victory for which he was awarded the Man of the Match.

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95. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been dropped for the upcoming T20 series against the West Indies and Australia.

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96. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been left out of the Indian squad for the T20 series against West Indies and Australia, Board of Control for Cricket in India's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary announced in the presence of the selection committee head MSK.

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97. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a household name when it comes to having nerves of steel under pressure and hence finishing matches.

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98. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not over yet, says his fan Rambabu.

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99. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Mahendra Singh Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before an in-form Yuvraj Singh.

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100. Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 29 off 25 Balls which includes Two 4s and One 6.

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101. In March 2013, Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain when he eclipsed Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 victories from 49 Tests.

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