Mahendra Singh Dhoni: A Chronicle That Finishes Off In Style!

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the former and most celebrated captain of the Indian cricket team. He guided team India to crown the World Cup title after 28 years in 2011. Dhoni is a master of his destiny, both on and off the pitch. In his 15 years amazing career, he earned both admiration and fortunes. He guided India to win all three ICC tournaments.

Dhoni dominated the cricketing fraternity and became a brand. His ambience is full of serene thought and positivity. In 2016, MS Dhoni film portrays his struggle and journey on the silver screen. On the eve of Independence Day, 15 August 2020, Dhoni announced his retirement and it stunned the Indians and other cricket lovers.

MS Dhoni Profile

Full Name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Nicknames Maahi/ Captain Cool/ MSD/ Thala
MS Dhoni Age and Date of Birth 39 years (in 2021), 7 July 1981
Birth Place Ranchi, Jharkhand
Profession Indian Cricketer
Batting Style Right- Handed Batsman
Bowling Style Right-arm Medium Bowler
Jersey Number 7 (India/ CSK/RPS)
Test Debut Vs Sri Lanka on Dec 26, 2005
ODI Debut Vs Bangladesh on Dec 23, 2004
T20 Debut Vs South Africa on Dec1, 2006
Domestic Team Bihar Team (later Jharkhand Cricket Team)
IPL Team Chennai Super Kings( 2008-15 and 2018- present) Rising Pune Supergiants (2016-17)
IPL Debut Vs Kings Xi Punjab, 19 April 2008
Mother’s Name Devika Devi
Father’s Name Pan Singh Dhoni
Spouse Sakhi Singh Dhoni
Children Ziva (Daughter)
Net Worth $111 million
Movies M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016) Roar of the Lion (2019)

MS Dhoni Age, Heights and Hobbies

MS Dhoni had the most dashing and charming personality in his initial phase of his career with his shining long hair and powerful body buildup. During the 2005 series in Pakistan, former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf complimented Dhoni for his long hair and smartness. Let us know more about Captain Cool personality:

MS Dhoni’s Family

MS Dhoni age is 39 years as of 2021. Born in a middle class family, Dhoni, with his determination and hard work became one of the greatest in the cricket fraternity.

MS Dhoni height is 175 cm (5 ft 9 inches). His eyes colour is dark brown and the hair shade is black.

Dhoni’s zodiac sign is Cancer. He is an adventurous person and likes to ride bikes. Dhoni is also known for his expensive bike and car collections. His hobbies include biking, swimming, playing football and tennis.

MS Dhoni Family, Early Life and Domestic Career

Mahi belongs to a middle-class Rajput family. MS Dhoni birthday date is 7 July, 1981. His father Pan Singh Dhoni worked as a junior assistant in MECON Limited and his mother Devika Devi is a homemaker.

Dhoni’s elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni is a politician and his sister Jayanti Gupta is a school teacher.

From early childhood, Dhoni was fond of playing sport and secured a wicket keeper position in Commando Cricket Club. He continued to perform well and earned a place for Vinoo Mankad Trophy under 16 in the 1997-98 session.

Dhoni made his Ranji debut in the 1999-2000 season for the Bihar cricket team. Later, he was selected for the East Zone and went on with his sublime form. In 2000, Dhoni got a job of a TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner) via sports quota.

Mahi continued to show his ability in Ranji and Deodhar Trophy. Later, he impressed the selectors with his robust performance and secured a place in India A team.

MS Dhoni Personal Life and Beautiful Married Journey

MS Dhoni's wife has been his dream girl who he got married to privately at a farmhouse privately at a farmhouse. Before marriage, he dated Sakshi Rawat for two years. Both met at Taj Hotel in Kolkata, where Sakshi was working as an intern.

The couple got blessed with a beautiful angel. She flowered into M. S. Dhoni’s family on 6 Feb 2015. Later, the beautiful angel was named Ziva.

Dhoni also had past relationships. Before Sakshi came into his life, Dhoni had a girlfriend named Priyanka Jha. Sadly, the relationship did not continue for long, Priyanka Jha met a horrific accident and succumbed to injuries leading to her death.

MS Dhoni Stats

Statistics Test ODI T20 IPL
Matches 90 350 98 205
Innings 144 297 85 183
Not-Out 16 84 42 69
Runs 4876 10773 1617 4632
Batting Average 38.09 50.58 37.60 40.63
Ball-Faced 8248 12303 1617 3389
Batting Strike Rate 59.12 87.56 126.13 136.68
Best Score 224 183 56 84
Half Centuries 33 73 02 23
Centuries 06 10 00 00
Double Centuries 01 00 00 00
Total Fours/Sixes 544/78 826/229 116/52 313/216
Catches 256 321 57 113
Stumpings 38 123 34 39

MS Dhoni Stats- Captaincy

Captaincy Test ODI T20 IPL
Matches 60 200 72 189
Won 27 110 41 110
Lost 18 74 28 78
Tie 15 05 01 00
No Result 00 11 02 01
Win Percentage 45% 55% 56.95% 58.20%

Dhoni ODI Career

As you can see as per MS Dhoni’s stats, he is one of the finest ODI cricketers, embedded with multiple talents. He had the ability to hit skyrocketing sixes using the strong bottom hand, bullet-speed fours, lighting speed between the wickets and was the most influential bolt like wicket-keeping. You can say he is the epitome of cricketing skills.

Mahi is considered as the greatest finisher to walk on the pitch. He was an integral part of 112 successful run-chases for the Indian Cricket team where Dhoni amassed an incredible 2556 runs with an average of 91.28 including 19 fifties and one three-figure mark. Let's see the glimpses of the memorable ODI timeline of Captain Cool:

Beginning of the MSD Empire

  • In an exploration of a good wicket-keeping batsman, Sourav Ganguly placed his bet on young desi boy MS Dhoni. He made his international debut against Bangladesh and got run-out without playing a ball. However, fortune had its own way to decide the journey.
  • According to MS Dhoni’s stats, MS Dhoni’s first big inning came against Pakistan in 2005 where he scored 148 runs. From then, Mahi never looked back and continued his impeccable batting form. Later that year, he smashed a stunning 183 runs against Sri Lanka.

Downfall in 2007 ODI World Cup

  • One of the lowest moments in Indian cricket history. The Indian team got knocked out from the tournament in the group stage after a horrific defeat against underdog Bangladesh.
  • Dhoni performed poorly and scored only 29 runs in the event comprising two golden ducks.

Memorable Come Back in Commonwealth Bank Series

  • In 2008, Indian went to Australia under the leadership of MS Dhoni. He guided India to win the first-ever series in the land of unbeatable Aussies.
  • With the bat, Captain Cool amassed an impressive 347 runs in the series.

The Greatest Accomplishment of Dhoni (2011 World Cup)

  • Truly, the best moment of his life as well as a billion people of India. Dhoni helped India to win the 2011 World Cup, after 28 years of drought.
  • As per MS Dhoni’s stats, in the finals, he held his nerve and smashed quick 91 runs to help Men in Blue to lift the tile after 28 years. Dhoni finished the match with a monstrous six, as he always does.

Adding more Accolades in his Bucket (ICC Champions Trophy)

  • Under the leadership of Dhoni, the Indian Team won ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He became the first and the only captain to attain the crown of all the three ICC trophies. With this, Dhoni became immortal in the heart of Indian cricket devotees.

Devastating Exit from 2015 World Cup

  • It was the last World Cup for Dhoni as a captain. Indian team performed exceptionally well in the tournament winning every single match. However, in semis, they got knocked out by powerful Aussies.
  • Dhoni scored hard-fought 65 runs but it was too late to restore the situation and eventually got runout.

Emotional farewell to the legendary player

  • MS Dhoni played the 2019 World Cup under the leadership of King Kohli. Most of the time, he didn't get a chance to bat but performed well indeed whenever required.
  • In the semis, the top-order batsman failed miserably and it was up to Dhoni to sail the ship to the shore.
  • Sadly, fortune had its own alternative, the fastest player in a 22-yard pitch got run-out with an impeccable throw from Martin Guptill. The hope shattered, the dream collapsed, fortune betrayed, Dhoni cried and so did a billion Indians.

Finally, the journey that commenced with run-out, ends similarly. Indian team and all fans counting the odds and evens, collecting the pieces of a shattered dream and hoping to see their idol in a blue jersey once again but it didn't happen.

Dhoni Test Career

Dhoni's Test journey is unique and impressive. In red-ball cricket, he started his career with a bang but sadly the end wasn't so favourable. Here's a brief account of the journey of Captain Cool:

  • MS Dhoni started his journey in Test cricket as a wicketkeeper-batsman in 2005 against Sri Lanka. He scored his maiden half-century in this series helping India to win the match.
  • Next year, in 2006, India went to Pakistan for a bilateral series. Dhoni performed incredibly well, and with his aggressive batting style, he shattered the confidence of Pakistani bowlers. Dhoni smashed his maiden test century in this series.
  • In 2008, he received the responsibility to lead the Indian Test team. MS Dhoni went on with his blistering form and scored two centuries against Sri Lanka in 2009, guiding team India to victory.
  • Under Dhoni's leadership, India became number one in the Test rankings for the first time in Dec 2009.
  • Dhoni's most brilliant inning in the red-ball cricket was against Australian team in 2012-13. He scored fearlessly 224 runs, one of the destructive Test innings.
  • Due to the dismal performance of the Indian Team in foreign, cricketing pundits and people started putting fingers on noble man's captaincy. Consecutive whitewash in overseas series compelled MS Dhoni to take a severe step.
  • Sadly, he announced his retirement from red-ball cricket in the middle of the series against Australia in 2014-15. Dhoni transferred his captain legacy to vibrant Virat Kohli.

Dhoni T20 Career – h3

  • MS Dhoni has been an integral part of the Indian T20 team from the inception. He was also one of the luckiest players to play India's first-ever T20 match in 2006 against South Africa.
  • In 2007, Dhoni outperformed other contenders to earn captaincy in T20 World Cup. However, against all the odds, he guided team India to clinch the title of the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.
  • After that, Captain Cool led the Indian team to taste numerous victories but failed to capitalise in any T20 World Cup since 2007.
  • In 2014, he led team India to the final but sadly couldn't repeat the 2007 event. India lost in the final. However, the team received the title of team of the tournament.

MS Dhoni Records, Awards & Achievements

With his splendid performance both as a batsman and lightning-fast wicket-keeper, Dhoni emerged as the greatest leader to be born in the cricketing world. Here are some of the milestones and accomplishments and MS Dhoni’s awards won during his stunning timeline.

  • He is the only player to win all three major ICC tournaments i.e. T20 World Cup (2007), ICC ODI World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013).
  • Under Dhoni captaincy, in 2009, India topped ICC Test rankings for the first time in history.
  • He also holds the record of the most number of stumpings in international cricket.
  • Dhoni has the highest average in run chases and also holds the record of most unbeaten innings in ODI cricket.
  • He has played the most number of international matches as captain. Dhoni is the first Indian player to hit more than 200 sixes in ODI.

MS Dhoni Awards and Achievements

MS Dhoni Awards and Honours Year
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna  2007
Padma Shri 2009
Padma Bhusan 2018
ICC Player of the Year 2008, 2009
MTV Youth Icon of the Year 2006
ICC Award For the Spirit of Cricket 2011
ICC Men ODI Team of the Decade 2011-20 (Captain and Wicketkeeper)
ICC Men T20 Team of the Decade 2011-20  (Captain and Wicketkeeper)
ICC Award For the Spirit of Cricket for Decade 2011-20

MS Dhoni IPL Journey

If you want to portray the IPL brand and its essence, MS Dhoni is the first player that comes to mind and depicts the IPL carnival in one word. He is popularly known as the king of IPL. His journey is full of suspense, comprising the greatest feats as well as the worst phase. Here's a remembering of the wonderful IPL journey of captain cool:

  • An ambitious and incredible beginning. After guiding the young India team to the T20 World Cup victory in 2007, Dhoni's confidence and his market value were stratospheric. He was the most expensive player in the inaugural edition. Captain Cool missed the IPL crown by a whisker and lost to the underdogs Rajasthan Royals in the finals.
  • Dhoni CSK continued to rule the IPL carnival, he led the team to win the IPL title in 2010 and 2011. The roller coaster journey continued and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings won the champions league also.
  • In 2012, Dhoni-led CSK missed the title by just and lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the finals. Fortune continued to shatter the dream of winning the third IPL trophy. In 2013, Dhoni's team lost in the finals once again, and this time the opponents were the mighty Mumbai Indians.
  • The year 2014 was not so promising and CSK failed to qualify in the playoffs. In 2015, Captain Cool donned the leader's hat and CSK went into the finals but lost to Mumbai Indians.
  • Later, CSK’s name surfaced in match fixing issues which created lots of controversies. The team was disqualified from the IPL tournament for two years.
  • In 2016, Dhoni got a new home for $1.9 million, Rising Pune Supergiants. However, the new home didn't suit him and the team performed extremely badly. Following year, he guided RPS to finals but sadly lost to Mumbai Indians.
  • MS Dhoni CSK made a thunderous return after a two-year suspension and clinched the IPL trophy for the third time. He performed spectacularly and amassed 455 runs with a staggering average of 75.83 including three half-centuries.
  • The saga continued in 2019, MS Dhoni displayed his best performance of the IPL and scored 416 runs with a gigantic average of 83.20. He helped CSK to reach one more final but unluckily lost to Mumbai Indians in a close encounter.
  • The year 2020 was bad for Dhoni's fans as well as CSK. The team displayed dismal performance and came second last in the table.

MS Dhoni IPL 2021 Team

The colossal image of magical Mahi adds delight to the IPL saga.  In IPL 2021, Dhoni will step on the ground to make a comeback and earn the team’s prior legacy. He will be looking for the 4 IPL titles with CSK.

Captain Cool will also be pursuing to finish his IPL journey on a high. People should not be surprised if IPL 2021 season comes out as Dhoni's last. He has already announced retirement from international cricket in 2020.

Here’s the full player list of MS Dhoni CSK: MS Dhoni (Captain), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Narayan Jagadeesabn, Dwayne Bravo, R Sai Kishore, Karn Sharma, M Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Robin Uthappa, Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, C Hari Nishaanth, M.Harisankar Reddy, K Bhagath Varma, Faf du Plessis.

The Success of MS Dhoni’s Movie Biopic

In 2016, Dhoni’s film, M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, popularly known as a biopic of the incredible Captain Cool, got released. Soon after hitting the box office, it shattered all the records and created a tremendous buzz around the Brown and cricket fraternity.

It was a biographical representation of MS Dhoni, written and directed by Neeraj Pandey. The character of the Dhoni movie is based on real life from his childhood to MS Dhoni’s wife and roman. Some famous character of MS Dhoni film is being followed:

  • Late. Sushant Singh Rajput (MS Dhoni)
  • Kiara Advani ( MS Dhoni wife Sakshi Dhoni)
  • Disha Patani (Dhoni’s girlfriend- Priyanka Jha)
  • Anupam Kher (Dhoni’s father- Pan Singh Dhoni)
  • Bhumika Chawla ( Dhoni’ sister- Juaynti Gupta)

MS Dhoni’s film portrays the struggle and his journey to win the 2011 ODI World Cup. Another one of adaptations of MS Dhoni’s career and life was created into a documentary web drama series named Roar of the Lion and released in 2019. Roar of the Lion follows the Indian Premier League team, Chennai Super Kings and their return to the field in 2018 after being allegedly involved in 2013 spot- fixing scandal.

MS Dhoni Net Worth

MS Dhoni net worth is a whopping $111 million, which makes him one of the richest sportsperson in the country. He has been an all-rounder, creating opportunities even in the rough phases. Here are some highlights of his fortunes:

  • Before retirement, he was on the list of A+ category, which means BCCI offered him 7 Crores annually along with a regular match fee, i.e 6 lakh per ODI and 3 lakh per T20.
  • MS Dhoni is the supreme leader of well-known CSK, three times IPL winner. He received 15 crores for a single edition. In addition, Dhoni became the first performer to receive 150 crores accumulated salary from IPL.
  • He is the vice president of India Cements, a company owned by former controversial BCCI President N.Srinivasan.
  • Dhoni's primary earning source is brand endorsements. He earns millions by endorsing prominent brands, i.e Colgate, Seven, Reebok, MasterCard, Sonata, Orient, Indigo Paints, etc.
  • Mahi has investments in the hospitality sector as well. Some of his ventures are Hotel Mahi Residency, SportsFit (Gym Chain) and SEVEN (Sports Wear).
  • Apart from brands and ventures, Dhoni is a stakeholder in Ranchi Rays (Hockey Club) and Chennaiyin FC (Football Club).
  • Mahi is known for his philanthropic work. He introduced MS Dhoni Charitable Foundation in 2010, linked with The Help for Heroes Foundation. MS Dhoni admires the Indian Army for their valour.

MS Dhoni Retirement

MS Dhoni, is undoubtedly the architect of the modern team India and his contribution to the cricket arena is unparalleled. He started his journey as a young, powerful and robust player, but with passing time he became a mature, sensible finisher, a great leader and revered mentor.

Throughout the journey, Dhoni remained famous for his unique and amazing approach to make crucial decisions. His actions are not spontaneous, but predetermined and well-analysed.

On the eve of Independence Day, Dhoni announced his retirement in typical MS Dhoni fashion and killed the possibility of playing in blue jersey in the future ever again. This was an emotional exit of almighty MS Dhoni and thus creating an immortal void in the cricketing fraternity.

He announced his retirement via an Instagram post "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired".

Soon after Dhoni's retirement announcement, his teammate Suresh Raina also declared his retirement from international cricket.

Some Common FAQs About MS Dhoni

What is the monthly salary of MS Dhoni?

MS Dhoni's salary is $2 million and his monthly income is more than 5 crores. It includes IPL contracts and other endorsements. He has retired from international cricket and doesn't play anymore for the Indian team. His last match in a blue jersey was in the semis of the World Cup 2019 against New Zealand.

Who is king of IPL?

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is popularly known as the king of the IPL. The cricket carnival IPL kicked off in 2008 and it is now entering into its 14th edition. However, one player who attained all the milestones that a home can offer and continued to show his worth in the last phase of his career- "MS Dhoni".

He helped CSK to win the IPL trophy three times, only behind Mumbai Indians (5 times). MS Dhoni stats are incredible and he is a great leader, incredible finisher, hawk-eye and lightning, fast stumping, etc.

What is the age of Dhoni?

Currently, MS Dhoni age is 39 years old as of 2021. He was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand (former Bihar).

Who is Dhoni's wife?

The gorgeous Sakshi Singh Rawat (Sakshi Singh Dhoni) is MS Dhoni wife. Dhoni met his dream girl in 2007 and three years later on 4 July 2010, the beautiful couple got married in a private farmhouse. In 2015, the couple got blessed with a baby girl named Ziva.

What is MS Dhoni doing now?

Post-retirement, cricket fans are curious to know how MS Dhoni spent his days after retirement. Well, former Indian captain Dhoni, is now believed to be a full-time farmer. He is completely engaged with his organic farming venture.

Also, the CSK captain engaged himself for the IPL tournament along with doing numerous endorsements as side earnings. His popularity still outclasses other celebrities.

Who is MS Dhoni's Favourite cricketer?

MS Dhoni's favourite cricketer is none other than Sachin Tendulkar (God Of Cricket). Apart from Sachin, captain cool admires Yuvraj Singh, the wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist, Glenn Mcgrath and Suresh Raina.

Who is best finisher in the world?

Without any shred of doubt, MS Dhoni is the best finisher in the world. Sadly, he took an emotional retirement from international cricket on 15 August 2020. Cricketing fans surely are going to miss those powerful and gigantic sixes out of the park for the Indian team.

How much of MS Dhoni movie is true?

 MS Dhoni’s movie, "M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story" is a commercial biopic movie on the life of legendary captain MS Dhoni. According to Arun Pandey, the producer of the famous MS Dhoni movie says 98% of the content in the movie is a resemblance to reality. However, there are certain scenes or events of Dhoni's early personal life that only he can say is true or not.

How much was Dhoni paid for his biopic?

There is no exact figure available in the public domain. However, according to an online news platform, MS Dhoni received an enormous 45 crores for sharing his personal information for the biopic.

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