Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography



About Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team (Team India) and is a wicketkeeper batsman. He plays right handed and also bowls right arm medium. His fans and family members call him Mahi.

First Name Mahendra
Last Name Dhoni
Birth Name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Nick Name Mahi
Date of Birth Tuesday, July 07, 1981
Place of Birth Ranchi, Jharkhand
Mother Devaki Devi
Father Pan Singh
Sister Jayanti
Brother Narendra
Wife Sakshi Rawat
Education DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali
Height 5 ft 9 inch (1.75 m)
Marital Status Married
Occupation Cricketer
Batting Style Right handed
Bowling Style Right Hand Medium
Role in Team Captain and Batsmen/Wicketkeeper
Debut Test Debut: Vs Sri Lanka, 2 December 2005
ODI Debut: Vs Bangladesh, 23 December 2004
T20 Debut: Vs South Africa, 1 December 2006
Highest Batting Rankings: Tests: 26 on 15 february 2010
ODI: 1 on 13 April 2006
Highest Bowling Rankings: Tests: 99 on 16 November 2009
ODI: 218 on 30 September 2009
Awards And Achievements: Man of the Series Award: 4 Times
Man of the Match Award: 15 Times
Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, 2007-08
Padma Shri, 2009
ICC ODI Player of the Year, 2009


Early Life

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on 7th July 1981 to Pan Singh and Devki Devi in Ranchi city of Jharkhand. He has a brother Narendra and sister Jayanti. Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Jharkhand from where he evolved as a footballer. His first passion was football and he represented his home town at district and club level. He was the goalkeeper in his football team.

He was introduced to cricket by his football coach and was sent to play cricket for a local club. The outcome was surprising as he impressed his coach with his wicket-keeping skills. As a result he was picked for 1997/98 season of Vinoo Mankad Trophy and did outstanding in the tournament.

Personal Life

Dhoni got married to Sakshi Rawat on July 4 2010, his school friend who has done hotel management. Their father’s worked together in MECON Ranchi and had very good relationship. The wedding came as a surprise to Dhoni fans as they married the day after being engaged.

Cricket Career

Dhoni started focusing on cricket after high school. He played for his club, for the U-19 Bihar team in 1998/99 and represented Bihar in Ranji Trophy 1999 season. He played his first first-class match for India A team against Zimbabwe at the Harare Sports Club. His performance in this tour got the attention of then Indian Captain Saurav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri.

Team India

Dhoni came into the spotlight after the Zimbabwe tour and was picked for Bangladesh tour in 2004/05. He played his first ODI against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004 and was run out on duck. He was then picked for Pakistan ODI series and made his first century in his fifth ODI with a brilliant 148 off 123 balls.

But he announced his arrival in International cricket with a brilliant and fast paced innings of 183* off just 145 balls against Sri Lanka at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. That inning broke many records and India won that game. Dhoni was adjudged the man of the match and the man of the series.

He made his test debut against Sri Lanka 30 December 2, 2005 and scored 30 runs in his first innings as a test player. Dhoni scored his maiden test century against Pakistan at Faisalabad.

Many series followed and Dhoni improved with every passing match. India was ousted in the first round from ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and from their on a new chapter started in his life. He was awarded the captaincy of Team India for the first ever T20 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Dhoni led the team to victory and got praises from the former players. This led to him being appointed as the ODI captain of team India for the 7 match series against Australia in September 2007.

In the year 2011 Mahendra Singh dhoni led India to its second ICC World Cup when they defeated Sri Lanka in the final played at Mumbai on 2nd April 2011. Dhoni finished off the match in his style with a Six over long on off bowler Nuwan Kulasekara.

Awards & Achievements

Dhoni got national attention after he led team India to T20 World Cup victory in South Africa. He was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007/08 and then the prestigious Padma Shri in 2009. He was adjudged the ICC ODI player of the year 2009.

In the year 2011 MS Dhoni was named the captain of ICC ODI Team. After the sucess of World Cup dhoni got recognition for top Honors in India. Some of his top honours are:

Doctorate degree by De Montfort University.

Lieutenent Colonel by Indian Army.

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