About MS Dhoni
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born July 7, 1981, Ranchi
Current age 29 years 196 days
Also known as Mahi
Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper MS Dhoni Picture
Major teams India, Asia XI, Bihar, Chennai Super Kings, JharkhandMS Dhoni Profile
There was a time when the very idea of an Indian cricketer rivalling Sachin Tendulkar in the popularity stakes bordered on the preposterous. But the advent of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his meteoric rise through the ranks did just that, with a new generation transfixed by a small-town boy whose personality and background couldn't have been more different from that of Tendulkar.
Few had heard of him as a 23-year-old when he savaged a Pakistan A side in Nairobi. There had been the odd excited whispers from those who watched his big-hitting exploits in Kolkata club cricket, but hardly anyone expected that he would be playing for India within months of that Kenyan safari. In his fifth game, he lashed a matchwinning 148 against Pakistan and later in the year, he clubbed 183 against Sri Lanka. Such was the impact of his strokeplay that a far-from-polished wicketkeeping technique was almost ignored as he was fast-tracked into the Test side.
Within two years of that, he was leading an inexperienced team to glory in the inaugural World Twenty20, and winning the last tri-series to be held in Australia. When Anil Kumble handed over the Test reins in 2008, he celebrated with a home victory against Australia. Apart from the World Twenty20 win, his leadership also oversaw India's rise to the pinnacle of the Test ladder, and a massively successful three years for the Chennai Super Kings franchise that did well in each of the first three seasons of the IPL before winning the event in 2010, and going a step further to claim the Champions League in the same year.
Off the field, his Samson mane and fondness for fast bikes marked him down as Mr Cool, and though the haircut eventually became short-back-and-sides, the cool quotient never wavered. He was seldom flustered on the field either, batting and leading the side with poise and assuredness. Not for him the sustained harangue or the bloody oath.
He fine-tuned his game too, becoming a safe keeper and a batsman capable of shifting through the gears as he pleased. Sometimes discomfited by the short ball, he compensated with astonishing power in his preferred hitting zones. The scythe over midwicket, even to yorker-length deliveries, drove bowlers to distraction, and his mastery of the 50-over game is revealed by a batting average that remains over 50 after more than 150 games.
He remains the advertiser's dream and a poster boy for modern-day India, but off the field, Dhoni has seldom courted attention or publicity. Even his wedding was a low-key family affair, and now nearing 30, he remains content to make the big statements where they need to be made, out on the field. MS Dhoni Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.MS Dhoni Career
2010-2010MS Dhoni Test Matches
India Vs Sri Lanka at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - Dec 02, 2005
India Vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town - Jan 02, 2011MS Dhoni ODI Matches
India Vs Bangladesh at Chittagong Stadium (MA Aziz Stadium), Chittagong - Dec 23, 2004
India Vs South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town - Jan 18, 2011MS Dhoni T20 Matches
India Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 01, 2006
India Vs South Africa at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban - Jan 09, 2011MS Dhoni IPL Matches
Chennai Super Kings Vs Kings XI Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai - Apr 25, 2010MS Dhoni CLT20 Matches
Chennai Super Kings Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Chennai Super Kings Vs Warriors at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Sep 26, 2010
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