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MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)
Current age 37
Major team India
Batting style Right Handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
ODI Debut December 23, 2004 v Bangladesh at MA Aziz Stadium, Chittagong

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 after 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, where he stroked a blistering 148, 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. 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 (England 2008) and away against 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. 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 unbeaten knock 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 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 trophies - the T20 WC, the 50-over WC and the Champions Trophy.

The ghosts of 2011 returned to haunt him in 2014 on India’s tour to England and despite a historic win at Lord’s, India went on to lose 1-3, 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. The 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup proved why he was 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.

Dhoni gave up captaincy of limited-overs teams in early 2017. In the twilight of his career, he still is a key figure in the Indian setup, often being the man that the current captain Virat Kohli looks up to in times of crisis. Apart from being an extremely inspiring leader for India, Dhoni also proved his mettle in franchise cricket by leading Chennai to two Indian T20 League titles (2010,2011) and as many Champions League T20 silverware (2010,2014). Chennai became the first side in the Indian T20 League to successfully defend their title and also win multiple trophies. His side has been arguably the most consistent side in franchise T20 cricket across the globe.

Batting and Fielding Averages

List A411353961299518350.56--1784--392137

Bowling Averages

Tests90 796670- 4.18-000
ODIS338 23631131.00 5.1636.00000
T20IS96 ----- -----
First-class131 9126870- 4.14-000
List A411 46353226.50 5.0431.50000
Twenty20300 112250- 12.50-000

Split by Team in Tests

Australia1933 599035.3560.29224155615000
Bangladesh34 219396.5070.958902123000
England2137 2115733.0551.42990126341110
New Zealand913 259954.4559.369806285200
Pakistan56 132364.6073.911481291100
South Africa1220 164734.0555.96132*12271200
Sri Lanka912 249149.1065.7211022211000
West Indies1219 147626.4464.6714412408000

Split by Team in ODIs

Australia5144 10154845.5280.49139*2104017000
Bangladesh2016 553448.5482.28101*122110000
England4743 10150445.5787.081341103916000
New Zealand2725 789049.4483.3384*06239000
Pakistan3530 8123055.9090.5014829359000
South Africa3631 679631.8488.0592*043010000
Sri Lanka6653 16238364.4090.09183*2196824400
West Indies3832 1494952.7290.6395073214201
Zimbabwe63 2208208.00112.4385*0361000
Bermuda11 02929.00116.00290010000
Ireland21 03434.0068.00340050000
Netherlands11 119-47.5019*0010000
Scotland10 0-0.000020000
Africa XI33 117487.00125.18139*1033000
Hong Kong22 1109109.00110.10109*1034000
United Arab Emirates10 0-0.000020000
Afghanistan11 088.0047.0580002000

Split by Team in T20Is

Australia1513 624434.85111.4148*0095000
Bangladesh55 48989.00167.92260034000
England1412 629649.33133.93560166000
New Zealand1111 522337.16111.50490063000
Pakistan86 29323.25119.23330092000
South Africa1312 620434.00137.8352*0141000
Sri Lanka1413 821342.60131.48460099000
West Indies75 110025.00128.20430032000
Zimbabwe32 12828.0093.3319*0010000
Ireland22 02512.50138.88140012000
Scotland10 0-0.000000000
United Arab Emirates10 0-0.000000000
Afghanistan22 233-220.0018*0050000

Last 5 Matches in Tests

  • Batting
  • 11(23) v Australia on December 26, 2014
  • 24*(39) v Australia on December 26, 2014
  • 33(53) v Australia on December 17, 2014
  • 0(2) v Australia on December 17, 2014
  • 82(140) v England on August 15, 2014
  • 0(5) v England on August 15, 2014
  • 71(133) v England on August 7, 2014
  • 27(22) v England on August 7, 2014
  • 50(113) v England on July 27, 2014
  • 6(11) v England on July 27, 2014
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs Australia on December 26, 2014
  • DNB vs Australia on December 17, 2014
  • DNB vs England on August 15, 2014
  • DNB vs England on August 7, 2014
  • DNB vs England on July 27, 2014

Last 5 Matches in ODIs

  • Batting
  • 1(6) v New Zealand on February 3, 2019
  • 48*(33) v New Zealand on January 26, 2019
  • DNB v New Zealand on January 23, 2019
  • 87*(114) v Australia on January 18, 2019
  • 55*(54) v Australia on January 15, 2019
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs New Zealand on February 3, 2019
  • DNB vs New Zealand on January 26, 2019
  • DNB vs New Zealand on January 23, 2019
  • DNB vs Australia on January 18, 2019
  • DNB vs Australia on January 15, 2019

Last 5 Matches in T20Is

  • Batting
  • 2(4) v New Zealand on February 10, 2019
  • 20*(17) v New Zealand on February 8, 2019
  • 39(31) v New Zealand on February 6, 2019
  • DNB v England on July 8, 2018
  • 32*(24) v England on July 6, 2018
  • Bowling
  • DNB vs New Zealand on February 10, 2019
  • DNB vs New Zealand on February 8, 2019
  • DNB vs New Zealand on February 6, 2019
  • DNB vs England on July 8, 2018
  • DNB vs England on July 6, 2018

Team Rankings

1 India 5007 116
2 South Africa 4280 110
3 New Zealand 3213 107
4 Australia 4566 104
5 England 5490 104
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