91 Facts About MS Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh MS Dhoni is an Indian former professional cricketer who was captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2017 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014.

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MS Dhoni is considered as one of the greatest Captains and Wicket Keeper Batsman of all time.

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MS Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.

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MS Dhoni made his ODI debut on 23 December 2004, against Bangladesh in Chittagong, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

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MS Dhoni played his first T20I a year later against South Africa.

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MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Test format on 30 December 2014, and stepped down as captain of T20Is and ODIs in 2017.

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On 15 August 2020, MS Dhoni retired from all formats of international cricket and continues to play in the IPL.

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MS Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar and hails from a Hindu Rajput family with roots in Uttarakhand.

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MS Dhoni is the youngest of three children of Pan Singh and Devaki Devi.

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MS Dhoni's parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, Jharkhand where his father worked as a pump operator in junior management position in MECON Colony situated in Doranda area in Ranchi.

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From 2001 to 2003, MS Dhoni worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner at Kharagpur railway station under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore, a district in West Bengal.

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In 1998, MS Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay, a former Bihar Cricket Association Vice President and Ranchi District Cricket President, to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited team.

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Till 1998 MS Dhoni, who was in 12th grade, had never played professional cricket.

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MS Dhoni moved to the Ranchi team, the junior Bihar cricket team and eventually the senior Bihar Ranji Team within one year.

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MS Dhoni was not picked for the East Zone U-19 squad or Rest of India squad .

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

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MS Dhoni scored a fighting half-century in the second innings in a losing cause.

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18.

MS Dhoni's talent was discovered via the BCCI's small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW.

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MS Dhoni was discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw MS Dhoni play for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.

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20.

MS Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck on debut.

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21.

MS Dhoni's 148 surpassed the earlier record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper, a record that he would re-write before the end of the year.

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22.

MS Dhoni had few batting opportunities in the first two games of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series and was promoted to No 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium .

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23.

MS 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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24.

MS Dhoni ended the series with the highest run aggregate and was awarded the Man of the Series award for his efforts.

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25.

India scored 328 in 50 overs with MS Dhoni contributing 68 in their first match of 2006 against Pakistan.

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26.

MS Dhoni's reign lasted just a week as Adam Gilchrist's performance against Bangladesh moved him to the top spot.

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27.

MS Dhoni scored 43 runs as the team lost twice in three games and did not qualify for the finals.

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28.

MS Dhoni received criticism on his wicket-keeping technique from former wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani.

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29.

MS Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored just 29 runs in the tournament.

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30.

MS 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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31.

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

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32.

MS Dhoni was later adjudged the Man of the Series after the third game of the series was washed away.

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33.

MS Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, scoring 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.

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34.

MS Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England seven-match ODI series.

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35.

MS Dhoni, who received a 'B' grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an 'A' grade contract in June 2007.

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36.

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

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37.

On 2 September 2007, MS 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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38.

MS Dhoni took his first and only wicket in international cricket on 30 September 2009.

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39.

MS Dhoni bowled Travis Dowlin of the West Indies during a match in the 2009 ICC Champions Trophy.

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40.

MS Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months in 2009.

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41.

MS Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009, scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings, at considerably high average of 70.

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42.

MS 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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43.

MS Dhoni was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' by the ICC.

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44.

MS Dhoni had gotten injured at the start of the tournament itself and got ruled out for the whole tournament.

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45.

MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 45 off 52 balls while scoring 16 runs in the final over required for the victory.

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46.

MS Dhoni was adjudged Man of the match for this performance.

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47.

MS Dhoni had performed, as he scored a half-century in each of the series.

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48.

India's preparation going into the tournament looked poor, as India had failed to perform in the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia, failing to win a single match, with MS Dhoni himself managing 70 runs from three innings and averaging 23.

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49.

MS Dhoni performed well with the bat by scoring 237 runs in 6 innings at an average of 59.

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50.

MS 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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51.

MS Dhoni was named as a wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' at the 2017 Champions Trophy by Cricbuzz.

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52.

MS Dhoni reached the milestone of effecting 400 dismissals in ODIs in February 2018, following the stumping of Aiden Markram in the third ODI of the South Africa tour.

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53.

MS Dhoni had a relatively mediocre series, having scored 79 runs in two innings at a strike rate of 63.

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54.

MS Dhoni was given rest and thus wasn't available for the selection of the T20I squads for the series that followed and the Australia tour later that season.

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55.

MS Dhoni finished with 193 runs and was named player of the series.

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56.

MS Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match, that was marred by rain.

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57.

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

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58.

India toured Pakistan in January–February 2006 and MS Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad.

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59.

MS Dhoni played in his naturally aggressive style as he brought up his maiden Test century in 93 balls, after scoring the first fifty in 34 deliveries.

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MS Dhoni was the top scorer in India's first innings in the third Test at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 helped India post 279 in reply to England's 400.

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61.

Ultimately, MS Dhoni walked off and Dravid's declaration was effected but the game was delayed, and Lara's action was criticised by the commentators and former players.

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

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MS Dhoni was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the 'Team of the Tournament' for the 2014 T20 World Cup by the ICC.

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65.

MS Dhoni was chosen to lead India in first-ever World T20 in 2007.

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66.

MS Dhoni made his captaincy debut against Scotland but the match was washed off.

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67.

MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020.

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68.

In 2009, BCCI Corporate trophy MS Dhoni scored 106 runs playing for Air India Blue team against 'India Revenue' team.

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69.

MS Dhoni became the first player to play 200 T20 matches for Super Kings.

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MS Dhoni is at the top of the list of most matches played in the Indian Premier League.

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MS Dhoni is one of the three captains to have won the Indian Premier League twice, with CSK.

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72.

MS Dhoni was arrested with charges of spot-fixing According to Dhoni, it was darkest period of his career.

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73.

MS Dhoni said "The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match-fixing".

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74.

MS Dhoni played as wicketkeeper batsman in 2017 season for RPS.

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75.

MS Dhoni scored 455 runs in that season and led his side to their third IPL title.

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MS Dhoni led the franchise to 4th title in 2021 Indian Premier League season.

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77.

MS Dhoni got retained by CSK for ?12 Cr, before IPL 2022 player's auction.

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78.

MS Dhoni stepped down from captaincy on 24 March 2022, where Ravindra Jadeja became the new captain.

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MS Dhoni is an unorthodox batsman, in the sense that much of his batting technique does not follow coaching manuals.

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MS Dhoni prefers to hit a full ball to Long-on, Long-off or Midwicket regions rather than driving it to the Cover region.

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MS Dhoni holds the bat firmly at the bottom of the handle and tries to hit the ball hard and flat to clear the boundary.

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

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83.

MS Dhoni made use of the helicopter shot technique, taught to him by a fellow player and childhood friend Santosh Lal.

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84.

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

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85.

MS Dhoni holds the post of vice-president marketing in India Cements Ltd.

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86.

MS Dhoni is headed by former BCCI president and IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings owner N Srinivasan.

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MS Dhoni is a co-owner, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, of Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC, a franchise of the Indian Super League.

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MS Dhoni owns the footwear side of the brand and is the brand ambassador of SEVEN.

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89.

In 2019, MS Dhoni invested in CARS24 and simultaneously became brand ambassador of the company.

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90.

In 2019, MS Dhoni Entertainment entered into a long-term business agreement with Banijay Asia to produce content in various genres.

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MS Dhoni holds a honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Indian Territorial Army .

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