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MS Dhoni

Batting style:
Right Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
India, Asia XI, East Zone, India A, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Seniors, Rest of India, Chennai, Jharkhand, Rising Pune Supergiants
Roles played:
Skipper-Test | Ex Skipper-ODI,T20 | WicketKeeper
ICC Rank:
Home country:
July 07, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)


In the late 90s and during Greg Chappell's coaching era, when heads were tumbling through the Indian team's turmoil, it seems all that Mahendra Singh Dhoni did was chalk out a plan on how things would change for the better. When granted the opportunity to lead, he showed himself ready and emerged as the solution to most of India's problems, enough to finally fulfill expectations of a long-suffering crowd of supporters.

An Adam Gilchrist-inspired Dhoni was drafted in 2004 to solve India's wicketkeeper-batsman crisis following the failure of the Rahul Dravid experiment. His start was anything but legendary - getting out for a duck. It was his fifth outing at home against Pakistan in 2005, that a blistering 148 which set up India for a win, making everyone sit up and take notice. A mammoth 183 to chase a high Sri Lankan total later in the year reiterated his value. By the end of 2005, Dhoni donned the all-whites to earn a Test cap against Sri Lanka, holding both ODI and Test spots ever since. In the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 that followed, Dhoni was chosen to lead a young Indian side. Under his guidance, the team quickly turned disappointment to joy by lifting the coveted trophy, to the surprise of both fans and detractors. His ability to excel in leadership was quickly recognized and within a year, he was appointed as the Indian skipper in all forms of the game.

Under Dhoni's captaincy, India posted successful Test series victories home and away against England (2008), New Zealand (2009) and Sri Lanka (2009). Throughout his first five years as a Test player, India had lost only two away series, a record which helped them top the Test rankings. The biggest accomplishment of his career came in 2011 when he powered Team India to a remarkable World Cup victory with his extraordinary leadership skills that proved his worth as a successful captain. It was after 28 long years that India won the Cup, thanks to a bunch of hardworking and enthusiastic cricketers led by a young and exceptionally astute skipper. He played a captain's innings in the final against Sri Lanka, where his brilliant knock of an unbeaten 91 sealed
the most memorable victory for his team and country.

Dhoni’s next adventures were probably his toughest as a skipper. Consecutive tours to England and Australia in 2011/12 were complete disasters as the team was whitewashed 4-0 both times. Success in Tests continued to evade Dhoni even as he relished the shorter formats. A home series loss to England the following year put question marks on Dhoni’s leadership in the longest format of the game but he did have his way in 2013 when he inflicted on a touring Australian team, a 4-0 whitewash, making him the first captain in a long time to do so. That was followed by winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 making him the only skipper to hold all the major ICC events, the T20 WC, the 50-over WC and the Champions Trophy.

The ghosts of 2011 returned to haunt him back in 2014 on India’s tour to England and despite a historic win at Lord’s, India went on to lose 3-1 to England further denting his overseas Test record. On 30th December 2014, having saved the third Test for India against Australia at the MCG, Dhoni announced his retirement from Tests with immediate effect citing too much strain as a captain as the reason, handing over the mantle to Virat Kohli for the fourth and final Test match after losing another series Down Under. He will continue to lead India in the shorter formats.

The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup proved why he has been such a tremendous captain in ODIs. Having failed to win a single game in the Tests in Australia and even the tri-series, the Indian team had a magnificent run in the mega event winning all their league games and even the quarters, only to fall short against a champion Aussie side in the semis. They were on a 11-match winning streak in World Cups, broken only by that magnificent Clarke-led team.

Fast Facts

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
  • He became the first wicket-keeper to have ever led India in Tests.
  • Is the only captain to have won all 3 ICC Major tournaments.
  • He has the most number of World Cup wins on the trot (11) second only to Australia's Ricky Ponting.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 144 4876 16 38.09 59.11 6 33 224
ODI 286 249 9275 67 50.96 88.98 10 61 183*
T20 76 66 1209 33 36.63 123.49 0 1 56
IPL 143 128 3270 45 39.39 138.91 0 16 70*
CLT20 24 23 449 8 29.93 141.19 0 1 63*
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 90 7 96 67 0 0/1 / - 4.18 0 0 0 4
ODI 286 2 36 31 1 1/14 / 31.00 5.16 0 0 0 2
CLT20 24 1 12 25 0 0/25 / - 12.50 0 0 0 2
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 256 38 3
ODI 269 94 16
T20 42 23 7
IPL 66 27 16
CLT20 14 11 4
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 60 27 18 0 15 45
ODI 199 110 74 4 11 55.28
T20 72 41 28 1 2 56.94
IPL 143 83 59 0 1 58.04
CLT20 23 14 8 1 0 60.87


India Vs Sri Lanka at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) - Dec 02, 2005
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne - Dec 26, 2014
India Vs Bangladesh at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong - Dec 23, 2004
Last played:
India Vs England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Jan 22, 2017
India Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 01, 2006
Last played:
India Vs England at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Feb 01, 2017
Chennai Vs Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Rising Pune Supergiants Vs Punjab at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam - May 21, 2016
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Kolkata at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 04, 2014