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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
Roles played:
Skipper-Test,ODI,T20 | WicketKeeper
ICC Rank:
Home country:
July 07, 1981, Ranchi, Jharkhand


In the late 90’s 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 91 runs sealed the most memorable victory for his team and his 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 formats 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 player 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 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 shortest formats. While he may have left unannounced, but for a cricket-crazy nation, MS Dhoni will forever be the man who fulfilled a billion Indian dreams.

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.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 90 144 4876 16 38.09 59.11 6 33 224
ODI 259 225 8343 65 52.14 88.95 9 56 183*
T20 50 45 849 20 33.96 116.30 0 0 48*
IPL 112 99 2614 35 40.84 142.14 0 14 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 259 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 238 85 15
T20 25 11 5
IPL 50 20 13
CLT20 14 11 4
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
Test 60 27 18 0 15 45
ODI 175 98 62 4 11 56
T20 49 26 21 1 1 53.06
IPL 112 68 43 0 1 60.71
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 Chittagong Stadium (MA Aziz Stadium), Chittagong - Dec 23, 2004
Last played:
India Vs Ireland at Seddon Park, Hamilton - Mar 10, 2015
India Vs South Africa at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg - Dec 01, 2006
Last played:
India Vs England at Edgbaston, Birmingham - Sep 07, 2014
Chennai Vs Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Chennai Vs Punjab at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai - May 30, 2014
Chennai Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Kolkata at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - Oct 04, 2014