Ashish Nehra Biography



Full Name  : Ashish Nehra 
Date of Birth  : 29th April 1979
Place of Birth : Delhi, India
Batting Style   : Right-Handed
Bowling Style : Left-Arm Fast-Medium
Test Debut (cap 17)  : 24th February 1999 v Sri Lanka
ODI Debut (cap 117)  : 21st June 2001 v Zimbabwe
Ashish Nehra  is an Indian cricketer (left-arm fast bowler) who has represented India at the international level since 1999.
Nehra started playing first-class cricket for his hometown, Delhi, in the 1997/1998 season and made his Test debut against Sri Lanka at Colombo in 1999 and his ODI debut against Zimbabwe at Harare in 2001. On his Test debut, Nehra started out well, dismissing Marvan Atapattu early but then failed to pick up any more wickets. Similarly, he dismissed Alistair Campbell with only his 2nd ball in ODIs.  Ashish Nehra  was also part of the Indian team’s run at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa. It was there against England, that he got his career-best ODI figures of six for 23.  Ashish Nehra  performance in the other matches in the World Cup were also noteworthy.
However inconsistency and successive back and ankle injuries have prevented him from cementing his place in the Indian team.  Ashish Nehra  career statistics are better in ODI cricket than in Test cricket, but with 144 ODI wickets at an average of 30.54 his average is higher(lesser the best) than all three of his main competitors for fast bowling places in the Indian team – Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar, who all have bowling averages below 30. The new crop of fast bowlers like Munaf Patel, RP Singh and Ishant Sharma also add to the competition. Nevertheless, Nehra completed recovery from a bowel injury in March 2006 and is trying to make a comeback into the Indian team.
Ashish Nehra hit the headlines with creditable showings in the second season of the IPL, and was recalled to the ODI squad for the tour of West Indies in June 2009 after 4 years due to an injury to Zaheer Khan.
In 2011 Cricket World Cup, Nehra played his first game vs South Africa.  Ashish Nehra  was expensive giving away 65 runs during 8.4 wicketless overs.  Ashish Nehra  gave away 16 runs in 4 balls when he had to defend 13 runs in the last over. After this, many thought Nehra’s world cup was over. he however was a surprise inclusion against Pakistan in the semi-final ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin. Nehra redeemed himself by being the most economical bowler for his side taking 2 wickets in 10 overs for a mere 33 runs as India beat Pakistan by 29 runs.  Ashish Nehra  however could not play the final due to a fractured finger on his right hand.
After recovering from the ankle injury that prevented him from playing for the Delhi Ranji Team in the 2007-08 season,Nehra joined the Indian Premier League and signed up for the Mumbai Indians franchise.  Ashish Nehra  won the Man of the Match for the game versus Rajasthan Royals taking three wickets on 7 May 2008.  Ashish Nehra  plays for the Delhi DareDevils from 2009.  Ashish Nehra  was picked up by Sahara Pune Warriors in the latest 2011 IPL Players Auction for a sum of Rs. 3.91 crores. Nehra was ruled out of IPL-4 for first few matches due to a f

Gautam Gambhir Biography


Full Name  : Gautam Gambhir
Date of Birth : 14 October 1981
Place of Birth  : New Delhi, India
Nick Name  : Gauti
Batting Style : Left-Handed
Bowling Style  : Right Arm Leg Break
Role  : Opening (Top Order Batsman)
Test Debut (cap 249)  : 3rd November 2004 v Australia
ODI  Debut (cap 149) : 11th April 2003 v Bangladesh
Gautam Gambhir is an Indian cricketer. A left-handed batsman, he made his One Day International debut for India in 2003, and played his first Test the following year.Gambhir had been a prolific run-scorer in domestic cricket with an average of over 50 but his two successive double-hundreds in 2002 (one of them against the visiting Zimbabweans) made him a strong contender for India’s opening slot.
Gambhir became only the fourth Indian batsman to score a double century in a tour game at home; the previous three being Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Sachin Tendulkar.  Gautam Gambhir is the only Indian batsman to score more than 300 runs in four consecutive Test series. Gautam Gambhir is also the only Indian, and one of only four international cricketers, to have scored five hundreds in five consecutive test matches. On July 2009, for a period of ten days he was the number one ranked batsman in ICC Test rankings.
Early Life
Gambhir attended Modern School, New Delhi.Gambhir was selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.  Gautam Gambhir is set to tie knot with Natasha Jain, who belongs to a prominent business family based in Model Town, in a simple ceremony in late 2011.
International Career
Early Career
Gambhir made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in the TVS Cup in 2003. In his third match, he scored 71 and was named Man of the Match.  Gautam Gambhir maiden century (103 off 97 balls) came against Sri Lanka in 2005. In 2004, he made his Test debut against Australia in the fourth and last Test match of the Border Gavaskar Trophy but did himself no favours by getting out for 3 and 1.  Gautam Gambhir made amends in his second Test, however, scoring 96 against the South Africans. Gautam Gambhir maiden Test century came against Bangladesh in December 2004. Gambhirthen made a number of starts in the home series against Pakistan in 2005, but was able to make only one half-century in six innings.  Gautam Gambhir made 97 in Zimbabwe later that year, but failed to reach 30 against Sri Lanka at home, repeatedly struggling against Chaminda Vaas, and was subsequently dropped from the Test team.  Gautam Gambhir was replaced in Tests by Wasim Jaffer, who made a double hundred and a hundred in seven Tests.
While Gambhir was out of the Test team, he played a number of One Day Internationals for India between 2005 and 2007. However, he was not selected for the 2007 World Cup as the selectors opted for a top-order of Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, and Sachin Tendulkar. It affected him badly and Gambhir later said that “When I got dropped for the World Cup, there were times I didn’t want to play anymore. I didn’t want to practise. I couldn’t motivate myself.”Gambhir scored his second century on that tour and was subsequently selected for the One Day International on India’s tour to Ireland in 2007.  Gautam Gambhir  scored an unbeaten 80 against Ireland in the first game of that tour and was awarded the man of the match award for that effort. In the post-match interview, he indicated that performing more consistently was a top priority for his career as he had done so in the past.
2007 – 2010
Gambhir was selected in India’s squad for the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, which India went on to win in South Africa, beating Pakistan in the final. Gambhir performed well in the shortest form of the game, ending the tournament as India’s top run scorer, with 227 at an average of 37.83, including three half-centuries which included a crucial 75 runs off 54 balls against Pakistan in the final.
2008 started well for Gambhir. At home, he scored an unbeaten 130 in the Ranji Trophy final to help Delhi beat Uttar Pradesh by nine wickets just two days before the team for the ODI tournament in Australia was to be announced.
Gambhir was forced to miss the Test series in Australia due to a shoulder injury. In the 2007–08 CB Series, he scored an unbeaten 102 at The Gabba against Sri Lanka in a match washed out due to rain. Three weeks later at Sydney, he scored a career-best 113 off 119 balls against Australia, in a high scoring match which India lost by 18 runs. Gautam Gambhir finished the CB series as the leading run-scorer with 440 runs.In 2008 Gambhir finally solidified his place in the Indian Test team with a string of high scores. Opening the batting with Delhi teammate Virender Sehwag, he scored 858 runs at over 61 in seven matches as of December including a double century against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. However in the same match he was involved in controversy when he elbowed bowler Shane Watson while taking a run. Gambhir asserted it was accidental, but was banned for one Test. Gambhir scored 463 runs in the series, which despite missing the last match was more than any other player in the series.
He was the leading run-scorer in the Test series against England in December 2008 and against New Zealand in early-2009, meaning that he had achieved this feat in three consecutive series.
Gambhir played his first major Test series outside the sub-continent, having toured New Zealand in 2009. In the second Test match he scored a match saving 137 in the second innings.  Gautam Gambhir stood more than five sessions in the middle and faced over 430 balls. This innings led Virender Sehwag, Gambhir’s opening partner, close friend and captain for the match, to call him ‘The Second Wall’ in reference to Rahul Dravid.  Gautam Gambhir then scored 167 in the second innings of the Third Test to give India an unassailable lead, but rain helped the New Zealand batsmen to hang on for a draw. Gambhir, with 445 runs in six innings at an average of 89, helped India win 1–0 to script a series win in that country after 41 years.
Gautam Gambhirwas named as the ICC Test Player of the Year for 2009, and was briefly ranked the No. 1 batsman in the ICC rankings in July; at the time India were not playing Tests and his points rating did not change, but other batsmen who were ranked higher lost points before regaining them.
Gautam Gambhir continued his run in the late-2009 Test series against Sri Lanka at home. Gautam Gambhir scored a century in the second innings of the First Test in Ahmedabad to force a draw after the visitors had taken a first innings lead of more than 300, and then combined in a double century opening partnership with Sehwag on the first day of the Second Test in Kanpur, scoring 167 himself and helping India to score more than 400 runs on the opening day. This set up their score of 642 and an innings victory. Following the match, Gambhir returned to the top of the ICC rankings.
Gambhir withdrew from the Third and final Test against Sri Lanka at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai in order to attend his sister’s wedding. Vijay against stood in and scored 87 to help India win again by an innings.
Gautam Gambhir returned for the ODIs and scored an unbeaten 150 in the fourth match in Calcutta to help seal the series 3–1, guiding the hosts to victory in the run-chase.
In the First Test against Bangladesh in Chittagong in January 2009,Gambhir hit a rapid 116 from 129 balls. It was his fifth century in as many Tests and made him the fourth player to achieve this feat. Only Don Bradman has managed six centuries in as many matches.
In the 29th Test match against Bangladesh at Dhaka he rewrote the history of IVA Richards by scoring most fifties plus runs in 11 consecutive matches. In this match he scored 66 runs.
2011 onwardsIn the final of the Cricket World Cup 2011, Gambhir scored a solid knock of 97 from 122 balls. Coming in to bat in the first over after the dismissal of Sehwag, he anchored the Indian inning through the dismissals of Sachin Tendulkar and Kohli, and put up a match-winning partnershipof 109 runs with Dhoni to ensure India lifted the Cup.
In 2011, India’s batting line-up struggled in Tests, particularly away from home. Out of sixteen innings in away Tests, India passed 300 just twice and both the team’s opening batsmen failed to score a century in the format in the whole of 2011.Between February 2010 and November 2011,Gambhir played in 14 Tests. From 25 innings he scored 704 runs at an average of 29.33. In the same period, only two opening batsmen who had played at least 15 innings had a worse average: Phillip Hughes of Australia and Imrul Kayes of Bangladesh. However, while he was struggling in Tests Gambhir enjoyed a rich run of form in ODIs, averaging 56.90 from 23&nbsolmatches.
Indian Premier League Gambhir was picked up by the Delhi Daredevils franchise in the first player auction of the Indian Premier League for a price of US$725,000 a year. Gautam Gambhir became the second highest run-scorer of the inaugural season with 534 runs from 14 matches.
Gautam Gambhir was promoted to the post of Captain of the Delhi Daredevils for IPL Season 2010. At the end of the tournament he became the only player from Delhi Daredevils to score more than 1000 runs in all the three editions.
In the 2011 IPL Players Auction,Gautam was the most sought player fetching a bid of $2.4 million from Kolkata Knight Riders making him the highest paid cricketer in the history of the game.  Gautam Gambhir is also the captain of the Knight Riders.
List of Test Centuries
1. 139  196 19 0 70.91  Bangladesh Chittagong (MAA) 17 Dec 2004
2. 104  138 7 1 75.36  Australia Mohali 17 Oct 2008
3. 206  380 26 1 54.21  Australia Delhi 29 Oct 2008
4. 179  348 25 1 51.43  England Mohali 19 Dec 2008
5. 137  436 18 0 31.42  New Zealand Napier 26 Mar 2009
6. 167  257 16 2 64.98  New Zealand Wellington 3 Apr 2009
7. 114  230 13 0 49.56  Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 20 Nov 2009
8. 167  215 15 0 77.67  Sri Lanka Kanpur 24 Nov 2009
9. 116  129 10 1 89.92  Bangladesh Chittagong (ZAC) 20 Jan 2010
List of ODI Centuries
1. 103 97 13 1 106.18  Sri Lanka Ahmedabad 6 Nov 2005
2. 101 113 11 0 89.38  Bangladesh Dhaka 12 May 2007
3. 102* 101 10 1 100.99  Sri Lanka Brisbane 5 Feb 2008
4. 113 119 9 1 94.95  Australia Sydney 24 Feb 2008
5. 107* 101 13 1 105.94  Bangladesh Dhaka 12 Jun 2008
6. 150 147 14 1 102.04  Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 5 Feb 2009
7. 150* 137 14 0 109.48  Sri Lanka Kolkata 24 Dec 2009
8. 138* 116 18 0 118.96  New Zealand Jaipur 1 Dec 2010
9. 126* 117 16 0 107.69  New Zealand Vadodara 4 Dec 2010
ICC Test Player of the Year for 2009
No. 1 batsman in the ICC rankings in July 2009

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography

Full Name  : Mahendra Singh Dhoni 
Date of Birth : 7th July 1981
Place of Birth : Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Nick Name  : Mahi
Height  : 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting Style  : Right-Hand Batsman
Bowling Style  : Right-Hand Medium
Role : Wicket-keeper,Batsman,India captain
Test Debut (cap 251)  : 2nd December 2005 v Sri Lanka
ODI Debut (cap 158) : 23rd December 2004 v Bangladesh
T20I Debut (cap 2)    : 1st December 2006 v South Africa
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni  made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and a year later played his first Test, this time against Sri Lanka.
Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007–08, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and 2010 against Australia 2–0 and 2011 World Cup.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni   Test, ODI record is best among all the Indian captains to date.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni   also captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in the recent 2011 IPL and in the Champions League.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  is now captain of India in all three forms of the game and also led the team to their first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Under Dhoni’s captaincy India became the first team after a gap of more than 20 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. Dhoni also led the Indian team to the number one position in ICC rankings in Test cricket for the first time. Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009. In 2009 Dhoni topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers compiled by Forbes.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  was named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009. In the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he hit 91 not out of just 79 balls to lead India to victory. For his outstanding batting in the final, he was awarded as the man of the match. The TIME magazine added him in its “Time 100” list of 100 most influential people of 2011. According to the SportsPro magazine Dhoni is 10th most valuable brand in field of sports worldwide and number 1 among all Asian superstars.
Personal Life
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) in a Rajput family to Pan Singh and Devaki Devi.Mahendra Singh Dhoni   paternal village Lvali is in the Lamgarha block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s parents, moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi where Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti and a brother Narendra. Dhoni had long hair which he has now shortened; he cut it because he wanted to look like his favourite film star John Abraham(actor).  Mahendra Singh Dhoni   likes bikes. A Hummer to add to the four cars and 23 high-speed motorcycles already parked in his garage in Ranchi. Mahendra Singh Dhoni  endorses 15 brands from clothes to cold Drinks.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  is also one of the highest income tax payers in last year Dhoniis a fan of Adam Gilchrist, and his childhood idols were cricket teammate Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.Shreya Ghoshal is his current favourite singer.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  said this in front a press conference with Pune Mirror.
Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali,(now the school is known as JVM, Shyamli, Ranchi) Ranchi, Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports. Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998). Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well.Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard.
Dhoni married Sakshi (née Rawat) on 4 July 2010. Sakshi Dhoni, a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. At the time of their marriage, she was studying Hotel Management and was working as a trainee at the Taj Bengal, Kolkata. After the retirement of Sakshi’s father from tea gardens, their family shifted to their native place, Dehradun.
The wedding stumped the media and the fans as it took place only a day after the couple got engaged. Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, a close friend of Dhoni, was quick to inform the media that the wedding was planned for months and was not a spur of the moment decision.
Playing style Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Dhoni is one of the number of wicket-keepers who have come through the ranks of junior and India A cricket teams to represent the national team – Parthiv Patel, Ajay Ratra and Dinesh Karthik also followed this route. Dhoni, referred to as ‘Mahi’ by his friends, debuted in the Bihar cricket team during the 1998/99 cricket season and was selected to represent India-A for a tour to Kenya in 2004. Along with Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni made multiple centuries against the Pakistan-A team in a tri-nation series and was selected in the Indian national team later in that year.
Dhoni tends to play mostly from the back foot with a pronounced bottom hand grip.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  has a very fast hand speed through the ball which often results in the ball racing across the ground. From this initial stance his feet do not show much movement which sometimes results in chasing balls while not coming to the pitch of the ball or to some deliveries catching the inside edge.
Dhoni scored 148 against Pakistan in his fifth ODI match in 2005 – then the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. Later in the year, he broke his own record as well as set the current world record for the highest score in the second innings in ODI matches as he scored 183* against Sri Lanka. Dhoni’s success in the limited overs format secured him a place in the Test team. Consistent performances in ODI cricket through the end of the 2005/06 season saw Dhoni briefly ranked as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI ratings.
Dhoni’s form dipped through 2006 as India lost matches at the ICC Champions trophy, DLF Cup, away bilateral series against West Indies and South Africa. A return to form in the home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka in early 2007 proved to be an inaccurate indicator of Dhoni’s form as India crashed out of the first round in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Dhoni was out for a duck in both India’s losses. After the World Cup, Dhoni won the Man of the series award in the bilateral ODI tournament against Bangladesh. For the tour of England, Dhoni was named the ODI team vice-captain.
Only nine players have captained ten or more Tests while playing as a wicket-keeper. Dhoni leads the field with 33 Tests as captain, 15 ahead of Gerry Alexander in second place.
Domestic careerJunior cricket Dhoni was included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998/99 season and scored 176 runs in 5 matches (7 innings) as the team finished fourth in the group of six and did not make it to the quarter finals. Dhoni was not picked for the East Zone U-19 squad (CK Nayudu Trophy) and Rest of India squad (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy). Bihar U-19 cricket team advanced to the finals of the 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy where Dhonimade 84 to help Bihar post a total of 357. Bihar’s efforts were dwarfed by Punjab U-19’s 839 withDhoni’s future national squad teammate Yuvraj Singh making 358.Dhoni’s contribution for the tournament included 488 runs (9 matches, 12 innings), 5 fifties, 17 catches and 7 stumpings. MS Dhoni made it to the East Zone U-19 squad for the CK Nayudu trophy but scored only 97 runs in four matches as East Zone lost all four matches and finished last in the tournament.
Bihar team Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season as an eighteen year old.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  made a half century in his debut match scoring 68* in the second innings against Assam cricket team. Dhoni finished the season with 283 runs in 5 matches. Dhoni scored his maiden first-class century against Bengal in the 2000/01 season in a losing cause.Apart from the century, his performance in the 2000/01 did not include another score over fifty and in 2001/02 season he scored just five fifty in each season in four Ranji matches.Dhoni’s performance for the 2002/03 season in the Ranji Trophy included three half centuries in the Ranji Trophy and a couple of half-centuries in the Deodhar Trophy competition as he started winning recognition for his lower-order run contribution as well as hard hitting batting style.
In the 2003/04 season, Dhoni scored a century (128*) against Assam in the first match of the Ranji ODI trophy.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  was part of the East Zone squad that won the Deodhar Trophy for the year and contributed with 244 runs in 4 matches. In the Duleep Trophy finals, Dhoni was picked over International cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East zone. Mahendra Singh Dhoni  scored a fighting half century in the second innings in a losing cause.
The future captain was discovered via the BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW. Dhoni was discovered by TRDO PC Podar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s, when he saw Dhoniplay for Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003, and sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.
India A team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni  was recognised for his efforts in the 2003/04 season, especially in the ODI format and was picked for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya.Against the Zimbabwe XI in Harare Sports Club, Dhoni had his best wicket-keeping effort with 7 catches and 4 stumpings in the match. In the tri-nation tournament involving Kenya, India ‘A’ and Pakistan ‘A’, Dhoni helped India ‘A’ chase their target of 223 against Pakistan ‘A’ with a half-century. Stressing on his performance, he scored back to back centuries – 120 and 119* against the same squad. Dhoniscored 362 runs in 7 matches (6 innings, Ave:72.40), and his performance in the series received attention from the then captain – Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri amongst others. However, the India ‘A’ team coach Sandeep Patil recommended Karthik for a place in the Indian squad as wicket-keeper/batsman.
Indian Premier League M.S.Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for 1.5 Million USD. This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season Auctions which was closely followed by Andrew Symonds. Dhoni is the present captain of the Chennai Super Kings team.
ODI career 
ODI Career of Dhoni. Brown line indicates 10 match average while the orange line indicates career average progression.The Indian team in the 2000s saw the use of Rahul Dravid as the wicket-keeper to ensure that the wicket-keeper spot didn’t lack in batting talent. The Indian cricket establishment also saw the entry of wicket-keeper/batsmen from the junior ranks with talents like Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik – both India U-19 Captains in the test squads. With Dhoni making a mark in the India-A squad, he was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05. Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck on debut. In spite of an average series against Bangladesh, Dhoni was picked for the Pakistan ODI series. In the second match of the series, Dhoni in his fifth one-day international, scored 148 in Vishakapatnam off only 123 deliveries. Dhoni’s 148 surpassed the earlier record for the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper, a record that he would re-write before the end of the year.
Dhoni had few batting opportunities in the first two games of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series (October–November 2005) and was promoted to No. 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipur). Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and in reply, India lost Tendulkar early. Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India – an innings described in Wisden Almanack (2006) as ‘Uninhibited, yet anything but crude’.The innings set various records including the highest Individual score in ODI cricket in the second innings, a record that still stands. Dhoniended the series with the highest run aggregate (346) and was awarded the Man of the series award for his efforts. In December 2005, Dhoni was signed by BCCI to a B-grade contract, skipping the initial C-grade level due to his performance on the cricketing field.
Dhoni bowling in the nets.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  rarely bowls at international level.India scored 328 in 50 overs with Dhoni contributing 68 in their first match of 2006 against Pakistan. However the team finished poorly, scoring just 43 runs in the last eight overs and lost the match due to Duckworth-Lewis method. In the third match of the series, Dhoni came in with India in a precarious situation and scored 72 runs off just 46 balls that included 13 boundaries to help India take a 2–1 lead in the series. The final match of the series had a repeat performance asDhoni scored 77 runs off 56 balls to enable India win the series 4–1. In recognition of his consistent ODI performances, Dhoni overtook Ricky Ponting as number one in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen on 20 April 2006.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  reign lasted just a week as Adam Gilchrist’s performance against Bangladesh moved him to the top spot.
Two cancelled series in Sri Lanka, one due to the withdrawal of South Africa from the Unitech Cup due to security concerns and the replacement 3-match ODI bilateral series against Sri Lanka washed due to rain, was India’s prelude to another disappointing tournament – DLF Cup 2006-07.Dhoni scored 43 runs as the team lost twice in three games and did not qualify for the finals. India’s lack of preparation showed in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy as they lost to West Indies and Australia, though Dhoni scored a half-century against West Indies. The story of the ODI series in South Africa was the same for both Dhoni and India as Dhoni scored 139 runs in 4 matches and India lost the series 4–0. From the start of the WI ODI series, Dhoni had played 16 matches, hit just two fifties and averaged 25.93. Dhoni received criticism on his wicket keeping technique from former wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani.
Preparations for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded identical 3–1 victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had averages in excess of 100 in both these series. However, India unexpectedly crashed out the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored 29 runs in the tournament. After the loss to Bangladesh in 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalised and damaged by political activists of JMM. The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World cup in the first round.
Dhoni put his disappointment in the World cup behind him by scoring 91* against Bangladesh after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase. Dhoni was declared the man of the match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  was also later adjudged the man of the series after the third game of the series was washed away. Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, getting 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.00, with a blitzkrieg 139 not out of 97 balls, a Man Of The Match innings, in the 3rd ODI.
Dhoni was nominated as the vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England 7-match ODI series.Dhoni, who received a ‘B’ grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an ‘A’ grade contract in June 2007. And also he was elected as captain of Indian Twenty-20 Cricket Team for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. On 2 September 2007 Mahendra Singh Dhoni equalled his idol Adam Gilchrist’s international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching 5 English players and stumping one.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy in South Africa with a victory over arch rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on 24 September 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev. Dhonitook his first wicket and ODI wicket on 30 September 2009.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  bowled Travis Dowlin from the West Indies. During the series between India and Australia, Dhoni hit an aggressive 124 runs in just 107 balls, in the second ODI, and a measured knock of 71 runs in 95 balls, along with Yuvraj Singh, saw India home by 6 wickets, in the third ODI.
Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months continuously in 2009, it was Hussy from Australia who replaced him for the top spot in the beginning of 2010.
Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009 scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings at an astonishing average of 70.43. Dhoni was also the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 along with Ricky Ponting, but the latter having played in 30 innings.
Test Career 
Test Career of Dhoni. Each bar indicates a single innings and the red line indicates the progression in his career batting average. An alternative image showing a 10 innings moving average is available.Following his good one-day form against Sri Lanka, Dhonireplaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian Test wicket-keeper.Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match that was marred by rain. Dhoni came to the crease when the team was struggling at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling around him, he played an aggressive innings and was the last man dismissed.Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate (half century came off 51 balls) aided India to set a target of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247.
India toured Pakistan in January/February 2006 and Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad. India were left in a tight spot as Dhoni was joined by Irfan Pathan with the team still 107 away from avoiding follow-on. Dhoni played his typical aggressive innings as he scored his maiden test century in just 93 balls after scoring his first fifty in just 34 deliveries.
Dhoni at fielding practice.Dhoni followed his maiden test century with some prosaic batting performances over the next three matches, one against Pakistan that India lost and two against England that had India holding a 1–0 lead going into the test match. Dhoni was the top scorer in India’s first innings in the third test at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 aided India post a respectable 279 in reply to England’s 400. However Dhoni and the Indian fielders dropped too many catches and missed many dismissal chances including a key stumping opportunity of Andrew Flintoff (14).Dhoni failed to collect the Harbhajan Singh delivery cleanly as Flintoff went on to make 36 more runs as England set a target of 313 for the home team, a target that India were never in the reckoning. A batting collapse saw the team being dismissed for 100 and Dhoni scored just 5 runs and faced criticism for his wicket-keeping lapses as well as his shot selections.
On the West Indies tour in 2006, Dhoni scored a quick and aggressive 69 in the first Test at Antigua. The rest of the series was unremarkable for Dhoni as he scored 99 runs in the remaining 6 innings but his wicket-keeping skills improved and he finished the series with 13 catches and 4 stumpings. In the test series in South Africa, Dhoni’sscores of 34 and 47 were not sufficient to save the second test against the Proteas as India lost the test series 2–1, squandering the chance to build on their first ever Test victory in South Africa (achieved in the first Test match).Dhoni’s bruised hands ruled him out of the third test match.
On the fourth day of the first Test match at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John’s, Antigua during India’s tour of West Indies, 2006, Dhoni’s flick off Dave Mohammed to the midwicket region was caught by Daren Ganga. As the batsman started to walk back, captain Dravid declared the innings when confusion started as the umpires were not certain if the fielder stepped on the ropes andDhoni stayed for the umpire’s verdict. While the replays were inconclusive, the captain of the West Indies side, Brian Lara, wanted Dhoni to walk-off based on the fielder’s assertion of the catch. The impasse continued for more than 15 minutes and Lara’s temper was on display with finger wagging against the umpires and snatching the ball from umpire Asad Rauf. Ultimately, Dhoni walked-off and Dravid’s declaration was effected but the game was delayed, and Lara’s action was criticised by the commentators and former players. Lara was summoned by the match referee to give an explanation of his actions but he was not fined.
Dhoni scored two centuries in Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009, a series of 3 matches in which he led India to a 2–0 victory. With this feat, India soared up to the number 1 position in Test cricket for the first time in history. India scored 726–9 (decl) in the third match of this series, which is their highest Test total ever.
Captain of India.Dhoni was named the captain of India Twenty 20 squad for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007. India were crowned champions as Dhoniled the team to victory against Pakistan in a thrilling contest.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  , then went on to become the ODI captain of the Indian team for the seven-match ODI series against Australia in September 2007.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  made his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final test against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008 replacing Anil Kumble who was injured in the third test and who then announced his retirement. Dhoni was vice-captain in this series up to that point. India eventually won that Test thus clinching the series 2–0 and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.Dhoni had previously captained India on a stand-in basis against South Africa and Australia in 2008 and 2009 respectively.
It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009. After that he managed to lead India in a series-levelling world championship of Tests against the South Africans in Feb 2010.
After winning the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup for India against Sri Lanka on 2 April 2011 with his match winning knock of unbeaten 91, Tendulkar heaped praises on Dhoni, claiming him to be the best captain he has played under. Tendulkar mentioned that it was Dhoni’s calm influence that was rubbing off on all his team-mates and even under such extreme pressure from every corner the way Dhonihandles it and brings the best out of him was just incredible. Saurav Ganguly also said in an interview to a news channel that Dhoni is the all time greatest captain of India and he has a great record to support this credential.
Two-match ban.Dhoni was handed a two-match ban from playing in the ODI series against Sri Lanka for the team’s slow over-rate during the second one-dayer in Nagpur (18 December 2009).
World CupUnder Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2011 World Cup. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before Yuvraj Singh. When he came to bat India needed more than six runs per over with three top order batsmen already dismissed.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  started building a good partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Due to good strokeplay and active running between wickets, they kept up with the required run rate. Dhoni was on 60 off 60 balls, but later accelerated with a greater flow of boundaries, ending with 91 not out off 79 balls. Befitting the occasion, he finished the match with a huge six over long-on off bowler Nuwan Kulasekara.
Later he admitted in the post match presentation that he came up the order so as to counter the Muralitharan spin threat as he was very familiar with Murali’s bowling, being his team-mate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  had come after the dismissal of Virat Kohli, also a right-handed batsman. By partnering with the left-handed Gambhir, he ensured a right-left combination at the crease that makes it difficult for bowlers to settle into a rhythm.
The bat used by Dhoni in the final match,which got the team winning six was sold for  72 Lac. The money goes to Sakshi Rawat Foundation, operated by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children.
Cricket Performance ODI Cricket
ODI Career Records by Opposition
1 Africa XI 3 174 87.00 139* 1 0 3 3
2  Australia 25 697 38.72 124 1 3 26 9
3  Bangladesh 9 247 61.75 101* 1 1 9 6
4  Bermuda 1 29 29.00 29 0 0 1 0
5  England 23 817 48.06 96 0 3 19 7
6  Hong Kong 1 109 – 109* 1 0 1 3
7  New Zealand 11 309 51.50 84* 0 2 7 2
8  Pakistan 25 1001 52.68 148 1 8 22 6
9  Scotland 1 – – – – – 2 –
10 South Africa 19 386 25.73 107 0 2 7 1
11  Sri Lanka 46 1798 62.00 183* 2 14 38 9
12  West Indies 18 499 49.90 95 0 3 16 4
13  Zimbabwe 2 123 123.00 67* 0 2 0 1
Total 192 6372 50.17 183* 7 42 182 61
ODI Centuries:
ODI Centuries 
1 148 5  Pakistan ACA-VDCA Stadium Vishakapatnam, India 2005
2 183* 22  Sri Lanka Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, India 2005
3 139* 74 Africa XI MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, India 2007
4 109* 109  Hong Kong National Stadium Karachi, Pakistan 2008
5 124 143  Australia VCA Stadium Nagpur, India 2009
6 107 152  Sri Lanka VCA Stadium Nagpur, India 2009
7 101* 156  Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010
ODI Records
On 31 October 2005 Dhoni scored 183* runs of just 145 balls against Sri Lanka in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, which is the highest score made by any batsman in the second innings (surpassing Lara’s previous record of 153).
The innings featured 10 Sixes – the most by an Indian in an innings, and the fifth highest in ODIs.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni broke Adam Gilchrist’s record of 172 for the highest score made by a wicket keeper.
The innings set the record for the most number of runs scored in boundaries (120 – 15×4; 10×6) breaking the record held by Saeed Anwar. However this was later broken by Herschelle Gibbs (126 runs in boundaries – 21×4; 7×6) against Australia during his knock of 175.
The score of 183* equalled Ganguly’s innings during the 1999 Cricket World Cup as the highest individual score against Sri Lanka.
Among Indian batsmen who have played more than 50 matches, Dhoni has the highest average. Dhoni’s batting average is also the highest amongst wicketkeepers in ODIs.
In June 2007, Dhoni(139*) and Mahela Jayawardene(107) set a new world record for the sixth wicket partnership of 218 runs against Africa XI during the Afro-Asia Cup.
Dhoni passed Shaun Pollock’s record for the highest individual score by a number seven batsman in one-day internationals during his unbeaten innings of 139. Incidentally, Pollock record stood for just three days as his score of 130 came in the first match of the 2007 Afro-Asia Cup whileDhoni’s century came in the third and final match of the series.
Dhoni also holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicketkeeper and joint International (with Adam Gilchrist) with 6 dismissals (5 catches and one stumping) against England at Headlingly 2 September 2007.
Dhoni holds the Indian record of most dismissals in ODIs.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  went past Nayan Mongia’s 154 for India on 14 November 2008 when he caught Ian Bell off Zaheer Khan at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot. However including 3 ODIs against Africa XI, his 155th dismissal was TM Dilshan caught off Munaf Patel at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 24 August 2008.
Dhoni, when he was on four during his innings of 23 against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday, completed 4,000 runs in ODIs. Having already effected 165 dismissals (125 catches + 40 stumpings),Dhoni became the sixth wicketkeeper after Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara to complete the “double” of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in the history of ODIs. Dhoni’s feat of completing the “double” of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in only 114 innings is a world record.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  is the youngest wicket-keeper batsman to do so (27 years and 208 days).
Man of the Series Awards
1  Sri Lanka in  India ODI Series 2005/06 346 Runs (7 Matches & 5 Innings, 1×100, 1×50); 6 Catches & 3 Stumpings
2  India in  Bangladesh ODI Series 2007 127 Runs (2 Matches & 2 Innings, 1×50); 1 Catches & 2 Stumpings
3  India in  Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008 193 Runs (5 Matches & 5 Innings, 2×50); 3 Catches & 1 Stumping
4  India in  West Indies ODI Series 2009 182 Runs (4 Matches & 3 Innings with an average of 91); 4 Catches & 1 Stumping
5  India in  England ODI Series 2011 236 Runs (5 Matches & 5 Innings with an average of 78.66, 3×50)
5  England in  India ODI Series 2011 212 Runs (5 Matches & 4 Innings with out been dismissed even once in the series, 2×50)
Man of the Match Awards:
S No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1  Pakistan Vishakapatnam 2004/05 148 (123b, 15×4, 4×6); 2 Catches
2  Sri Lanka Jaipur 2005/06 183* (145b, 15×4, 10×6); 1 Catch
3  Pakistan Lahore 2005/06 72 (46b, 12×4); 3 Catches
4  Bangladesh Mirpur 2007 91* (106b, 7×4); 1 Stumping
5 Africa XI Chennai 2007 139* (97b, 15×4, 5×6); 3 Stumpings
6  Australia Chandigarh 2007 50* ( 35 b, 5×4 1×6); 2 Stumpings
7  Pakistan Guwahati 2007 63, 1 Stumping
8  Sri Lanka Karachi 2008 67, 2 Catches
9  Sri Lanka Colombo (RPS) 2008 76, 2 Catches
10  New Zealand McLean Park, Napier 2009 84*, 1 Catch & 1 Stumping
11  West Indies Beausejour Stadium, St. Lucia 2009 46*, 2 Catches & 1 Stumping
12  Australia Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 2009 124, 1 Catches, 1 Stumping & 1 Runout
13  Bangladesh Mirpur 2010 101* (107b, 9×4)
14  Sri Lanka Wankhede Stadium 2011 91 Not Out
14  England Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 2011 87*, 1 Catch & 1 Stumping
Test Cricket Test Performance
Test Career Records by Opposition 
1  Australia 12 582 30.63 92 0 5 32 9
2  Bangladesh 3 193 96.50 89 0 2 12 3
3  England 12 617 32.47 92 0 6 37 3
4  New Zealand 5 299 49.83 98 0 3 19 3
5  Pakistan 5 323 64.60 148 1 2 9 1
6  South Africa 10 560 37.33 132* 1 2 24 1
7  Sri Lanka 9 491 49.10 110 2 2 21 1
8  West Indies 10 430 26.88 144 1 2 36 7
Total 66 3495 37.99 148 5 24 190 28
Test Centuries:
Test Centuries 
1 148 5  Pakistan Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, Pakistan 2006
2 110 38  Sri Lanka Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad, India 2009
3 100* 40  Sri Lanka Brabourne Stadium Mumbai, India 2009
4 132* 42  South Africa Eden Gardens Kolkata, India 2010
5 144 63  West Indies Eden Gardens Kolkata, India 2011
Man of the Match Awards:
1  Australia Mohali 2008 92 & 68*
Test Records
Dhoni’s maiden century against Pakistan in Faisalabad (148) is the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket keeper. Only three centuries by two other wicket-keepers (Kamran Akmal and Adam Gilchrist – 2) were faster than Dhoni’s 93 ball century.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India defeated Australia by 320 runs on 21 Oct 2008, biggest ever win in terms of runs for India.
Dhoni holds the record for most catches by an Indian player in an innings.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  achieved this feat by taking six catches during the first innings of the third test against New Zealand in Wellington in April 2009.
Dhoni also equalled Syed Kirmani’s record for most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicket-keeper. Syed Kirmani has effected 6 dismissals (5 catches and 1 stumping) against New Zealand in 1976. Dhoni now has equalled that record for most dismissals with 6 dismissals (all 6 catches) against New Zealand in 2009.
Dhoni currently ranks third in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers. With the six dismissals in the first innings of the Test match against New Zealand in Auckland,April 2009,Dhoni has now been involved in 109 dismissals. The following is the list of top five Indian wicket-keepers, in terms of all-time dismissals in test matches: Syed Kirmani (198 dismissals), Kiran More (130 dismissals), Dhoni (109 dismissals), Nayan Mongia (107 dismissals) & Farokh Engineer (82 dismissals).
Dhoni is now the second wicketkeeper to have effected 6 dismissals in an innings apart from a fifty in each innings of a Test match. Denis Lindsay had accomplished the feat for South Africa against Australia at Johannesburg in December 1966 – 69 & 182 and 6 ct. + 2 ct.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India reached their highest test score of 726–9 (decl) during Sri Lanka’s tour of India in 2009. Their 2–0 victory in the series took them to the number 1 ranking in Test cricket for the first time in history.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India did not lose a test match until the first test versus South Africa in Nagpur in Feb 2010. As a captain, he holds a record for longest unbeaten run in tests from his debut, 11 tests (8 wins and 3 draws). This record crossed former Australian captain Warwick Armstrong’s run of 10 unbeaten tests (8 wins, 2 draws) from debut. InDhoni’s streak, however, there was a period of injury in which Virender Sehwag led the side (for 3 draws). So India’s unbeaten streak was for 14 tests, of which 11 were Dhoni’s.
However Dhoni’s unbeaten streak of 11 test matches ended during India’s tour of England in 2011 and England also replaced India from No.1 spot in ICC Test team rankings.
Honorary AwardsHonorary Doctorate.Dhoni was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011.
Honorary Military Rank
The Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011.  Mahendra Singh Dhoni  is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to have received this honor.
Match Ban Due to slow-over rate, MS Dhoni being the captain of Indian cricket team has seldom faced with a restrictions to play in the matches. In December 2009, he was suspended for 2 ODI matches against Srilanka when ICC match referee Jeff Crowe had imposed this ban as India was three over beyond the specified duration. Hence Virender Sehwag was named the skipper for the next two mathes help in Cuttak and Kolkatta. Further, in January 2012 he was banned for the 4th test match against Australia in Adelaide. Dhoni was two over short during the third test in Perth.
MS Dhoni signed with Kolkata-based celebrity management company Gameplan Sports in April 2005. Currently Dhonihas 20 endorsements, only Shahrukh Khan has more (21).In 2007 Dhoni had 17 endorsements. In July 2010, Dhoni tied up with Rhiti Sports Management and Mindscapes and has been promised a minimum guarantee of Rs 210 crore over the next three years.
The following is the list of endorsements signed by Dhoni.
2005: Pepsico,Reebok,Exide, TVS Motors.
2006: Mysore Sandal Soap, Videocon, Reliance Communications,Reliance Energy,Orient PSPO Fan,Bharat Petroleum, Titan Sonata, Brylcream, NDTV, GE Money.
2007: Siyaram.
2008: Fashion at Big Bazaar alongside bollywood actress Asin, Maha Choco, Boost (health food), Dainik Bhaskar
2009: Dabur Honey, Kolkata Fashion Week. Aircel communications, Nova Scottia Premium shirts.
2010: Amrapali

Munaf Patel Biography


Full Name  : Munaf Musa Patel 
Date of Birth : 12th July 1983
Place of Birth  : Ikhar, Gujarat, India
Height  : 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Batting Style  : Right-Handed
Bowling Style : Right Arm Medium-Fast
Role  : Bowler
Test Debut (cap 255) : 9th March 2006 v England
ODI Debut (cap 163) : 3rd  April 2006 v England
Munaf Musa Patel  is an Indian cricketer who has also played for the West Zone in the Duleep Trophy and Gujarat, Mumbai cricket team and Maharashtra cricket team.
Born to a Muslim family, Patel first gained prominence in 2003 at the age of 20 before he had even played first class cricket for Gujarat, when he was invited to the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai by the Indian chairman of selectors Kiran More. There he attracted the attention of visiting Australian captain Steve Waugh, and the director Dennis Lillee, a former Australian fast bowler, with his raw pace. With the backing of Sachin Tendulkar, he was signed by Mumbai in a transfer deal, in late 2003, without ever representing his native Gujarat.
In 2004, he struggled with injuries, and was criticized by India A coach Sandeep Patil, who believed that he had a mental problem dealing with his injuries. Munaf Patel  was also sent to Australian Institute of Sport for bio-mechanical analysis on his bowling action, to improve its efficiency. In August 2005, he transferred to Maharashtra, and after taking 10 wickets against England in a tour match for the Board President’s XI, he was rewarded with his selection in the Indian Test Squad for the 2nd Test against England in Mohali, when he made his Test debut. Patelrecorded the figures of 7/97 on debut, including 4/25 in the second innings and demonstrated an ability to swing the ball in both directions.
In the 2005–2006 Test Series against West Indies, Munaf proved he was arguably the fastest bowler in India, bowling regularly at speeds of over 85 miles per hour (137 km/h) and has produced balls at a pace over the 90 miles per hour (140 km/h) mark.However, more impressive than his ability to bowl at a very quick pace has been his control, a skill lacking in recent Indian fast bowlers. In the West Indies, however,Munaf suffered the ignominy of being hit for 6 fours in an over by Ramnaresh Sarwan. Patel fell short of the record of conceding the most runs off an over by 4 runs.
Patel bowling in the nets.In the second match of the DLF Cup in Malaysia, Munaf came up with figures of 3/54 against Australia, picking up the wickets of Phil Jacques, Michael Clarke and Stuart Clark. In the final game of the same tournament, he dismissed Australian captain Ricky Ponting for just 4, on the way to 1/32 off 9 overs.
In the first match of the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy against England, Munaf Patel again produced figures of 3/18 – winning the match for India and gaining the man of the match award.
Patel at fielding practice. Munaf Patel  was part of the Indian 2007 World Cup squad which failed to progress from the group stage and played during India’s One-day International series against Bangladesh shortly after the tournament before playing two games in England in August 2007. Munaf Patel   took four wickets before being ruled out of the remainder of the series through injury.  Munaf Patel  was subsequently left out of the squad to play Pakistan in November although was recalled to the Test squad following injuries to R. P. Singh and S. Sreesanth.
Munaf Patel was selected for the 2009 tour to Sri Lanka and played in the opening match.  Munaf Patel  bowled five wicketless overs for 32 runs.  Munaf Patel  then picked up a groin injury before the second match and was replaced in the squad by Lakshmipathy Balaji.
Munaf Patel was brought back into the ODI squad for India’s last preparatory series before the 2011 World Cup, with the series taking place in South Africa. After India were beaten in the first match, they made only 190 when M S Dhoni chose to bat first in the second match. However, Patel put in a Man of the Match performance to return personal best figures of 4/29 off nine overs, taking the final wicket of Wayne Parnell to lead India to a 1-run victory,India’s first against South Africa in South Africa since 2003. Munaf Patel  was eventually named in India’s World Cup squad. In India’s first World Cup match against Bangladesh, Patel took four wickets, albeit with India defending a comfortable 370 from their innings. In the match against England, Patel’s catch off his own bowling to dismiss Kevin Pietersen broke up an opening partnership in a match which England and India would eventually tie.  Munaf Patel  played an important role in the India Pakistan semi-final match at Mohali where he performed well and also played in the finals of the World Cup.
Munaf Patel is a part of Mumbai Indians setup after three seasons with Rajasthan Royals.

Piyush Chawla Biography



Full Name : Piyush Pramod Chawla
Date of Birth  : 24th December 1988
Place of Birth  : Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height  : 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Batting Style : Left-Handed Batsman
Bowling Style : Right Arm Leg Break
Role  : All-Rounder
Test debut (cap 255)   : 9th March 2006 v England
ODI Debut (cap 167)  : 12th  May 2007 v Bangladesh
Piyush Pramod Chawla  is an Indian cricketer who has played for the India U-19 team and the Central Zone.  Piyush Chawla Hometown is Moradabad,(Uttar Pradesh). Piyush Chawla is seen as a leg-spinning allrounder in domestic cricket, but has not fired as a batsman in the One Day International format.  Piyush Chawla first played for India U-19 against the England U-19 team in 2004-05, claiming 13 wickets from two Under-19 Tests at a bowling average of just above 12.  Piyush Chawla also played in the 2005-06 home series against Australia U-19, where they won the five-match limited overs series 4-1, taking eight wickets.Piyush Chawla has a bowling speed of between 80 km to 85 rather he has also reached a maximum of 91km/h.
In the 2005-06 Challenger Trophy, Chawla was selected to play for India B. Although he only bowled three of a possible ten overs in the first match of the series, conceding 21, he picked up two wickets in the next match against India A, and as India B reached the final against the Seniors, he took the wicket of Sachin Tendulkar – bowled with a googly – in an effort described by Cricinfo as “impressive”.  Piyush Chawla also dismissed Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni, to end with three for 49, but the Seniors still won by three wickets. Two weeks later, he made his first class debut for Central Zone against South Zone in the Duleep Trophy, and scored 60 in a 92-run eighth-wicket stand with Harvinder Singh. Piyush Chawla also finished with match bowling figures of 27.2-3-100-6, admittedly only getting one of the top five batsman once.  Piyush Chawla has been known by Kiran More since the age of 15 and at only 17 has potentially got a great cricketing future in front of him.  Piyush Chawla proved himself again when he took 4 wickets in 8 overs conceding only 8 runs in the U-19 World Cup final of 2006.  Piyush Chawla also made 25 (n.o.) runs.
Chawla at fielding practice.This resulted in his selection in the Indian Test Squad for the 1st Test against England in Nagpur, in March 2006, and was selected for his debut in the 2nd Test against England in Mohali, making him the second youngest Test debutant for India after Sachin Tendulkar. It was in this Test that he claimed his sole wicket of Andrew Flintoff.
Piyush played his first ODI with India on 12 May 2007, against Bangladesh.  Piyush Chawla debut was highly successful, with him taking 3 wickets. In the second ODI with Ireland, he was equally impressive with three wickets.
In 2009, Chawla signed for Sussex County Cricket Club for a month, as cover for Yasir Arafat who was with Pakistan.
In his first County Championship match against Worcestershire, he took a total of 8 wickets in the match, and came in at number 9 in the first innings, and scored 102* from only 86 balls.
Piyush was also selected for 2010 ICC World Twenty20 in West Indies.
Piyush Chawla has also been selected as part of Indian Team’s 15-man World Cup Squad for the 2011 World Cup. Piyush Chawla  started off strongly in the warm up matches leading India to victory with his bowling performance against Australia. Even though he got lucky in the warm-up matches, he showed his true bowling quality in the real World Cup. Thus, he played only 2 matches and did not participate in any match after England. This was because his bowling was lackluster.
Piyush plays in the IPL for the Kings XI Punjab team since the last 4 editions.  Piyush Chawla has had a successful time at Punjab. After IPL 4 he had taken 57 in 55 matches and only 5 player can better that record at the time.  Piyush Chawla was sold for USD 900000 to KXIP in 4th Edition of IPL.

Ravichandran Ashwin Biography



Full Name  : Ravichandran Ashwin
Date of Birth : 17th September 1986
Place of Birth  : Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Nick Name  : Dada
Batting Style  : Right-Handed
Bowling Style  : Right Arm Off Break
Role  : Bowler
Test Debut (cap 271) : 6th November 2011 v West Indies
ODI Debut (cap 185) : 5th June 2010 v Sri Lanka
Ravichandran Ashwin is an Indian national cricket team player, who plays for India and Tamil Nadu cricket team.   Ravichandran Ashwin   is a right-handed batsman and right arm off-break bowler.   Ravichandran Ashwin  is the only bowler of recent times apart from Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka to bowl the carrom ball which he calls as soduku.   Ravichandran Ashwin  is a very economical bowler and has shown many variations in his bowling.
 Ravichandran Ashwin made his debut against Andhra Pradesh in Twenty20 cricket..   Ravichandran Ashwin  plays first-class cricket for Tamil Nadu and has played in the Duleep Trophy for South Zone.   Ravichandran Ashwin  was nicknamed “Dada” during his U-19 days while touring Dharamsala.
 Ravichandran Ashwin plays for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League.   Ravichandran Ashwin   made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka on 6 June 2010.   Ravichandran Ashwin  scored 38 runs in a losing game.
 Ravichandran Ashwin  became the highest wicket taker of the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 tournament for Chennai Super Kings in the tournament with 13 wickets and was adjudged as the player of the tournament and also got the Golden Wicket. During IPL 2011 auction which happened on 5 and 6 January 2011, he has been retained by Chennai Super Kings for the amount of 850000$. Presently, he is the economical bowler in Indian Premier League history with an economy rate of 6.12.
Later, in that month he was selected in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 squad to represent India along with the spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla.   Ravichandran Ashwin  played 2 matches for India in that series.   Ravichandran Ashwin  made his World Cup debut on 20 March 2011 against the West Indies with bowling figures of 10-0-41-2.   Ravichandran Ashwin   played his second world cup match against Australia in the second quarter final at Ahmadabad (10-1-52-2).
Test Career 
The short test batting career of R Ashwin, updated till the 2nd Test Match of India vs Australia 2011-12..In November 2011, he made his Test debut earning the test cap from Sachin Tendulkar along with Umesh Yadav against West Indies, with figures of 27-4-81-3 in the 1st innings and 21.3-5-47-6 in the 2nd innings. Ashwin was awarded Man of the Series in series against West Indies for his stunning debut performance with both ball and bat. In the same series,but in the third Test(also Ashwin’s third Test), he scored his maiden international century, which helped India draw that match.
Ravichandran Ashwin became the third Indian cricketer to score a century and take five wickets in same test match.   Ravichandran Ashwin  achieved this feat in his third test where he made 103 and took 5/156 in the first innings. Other Indians to have done this are Vinoo Mankad in 1952 and Polly Umrigar in 1962. This feat had only been achieved 26 times previously in world cricket, the last occasion being by Jacques Kallis in 2002.   Ravichandran Ashwin  is also the third Indian cricketer to be awarded the Man of the Match (MoM) on debut.Other Indians to have done this are Pravin Amre and R.P. Singh.Ashwinregistered the 2nd best bowling on debut by an Indian bowler with 9/128 performance, behind Hirwani’s 16-wicket world record debut performance.
Personal Life
Ravichandran Ashwin lives in West Mambalam,Chennai.   Ravichandran Ashwin  did his schooling in Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede’s.  Ravichandran Ashwin  did his Engineering (B.Tech IT) in SSNCE.   Ravichandran Ashwin  is the alumnus of SSN College of Engineering, Chennai.   Ravichandran Ashwin  married Prithi Narayanan on 13 November 2011..Ashwin’sfather Ravichandran was a fast bowler who played competitive cricket in Tamil Nadu.
AwardsOn 28 November 2011, The Indian cricket board announced that Ashwin has been chosen for the Dilip Sardesai award for becoming the Man of the Series in his debut Test series against the West Indies. The award comprises a trophy and a cheque for 5 lakh. This will be awarded to Ashwin on 10 December in Chennai

Sreesanth Biography



Full Name : Sreesanth 
Date of Birth : 6th February 1983
Place of Birth  : Kothamangalam, Kerala, India
Nick Name  : Sree, Gopu
Batting Style : Right-Handed
Bowling Style : Right-Arm Fast-Medium
Role  : Bowler
Test Debut (cap 253)   : 1st March 2006 v England
ODI Debut (cap 162)    : 25th October 2005 v Sri Lanka
Sreesanth is an Indian cricketer.  Sreesanth  is a right-arm fast-medium-pace bowler and a right-handed tail-ender batsman. In first class cricket, he plays for Kerala and in the Indian Premier League, he plays for Kochi Tuskers Kerala.  Sreesanth  is the first Kerala Ranji player to play Twenty20 cricket for India.
Sreesanth was a national breakdancing champion when he was in eighth grade.
Early Years
Sreesanth was born to Shanthakumaran Nair and Savithri Devi.  Sreesanth  has one elder brother and a sister.  Sreesanth  brother Dipu Santhan owns a music company in Kochi and his sister Nivedita is a television actress in Kerala.  Sreesanth  brother in law, Madhu Balakrishnan is a famous South Indian playback singer.
Sreesanth initially was a leg-spinner in his childhood, modelling his action on India’s leading Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble, who was to become his Test captain. However, his habit of bowling yorkers led him to convert to fast bowling, after being encouraged by his elder brother.Following in the footsteps of fellow Kerala fast bowler Tinu Yohannan, who earned selection to the National Cricket Academy in 2000, Sreesanth was selected for the MRF Pace foundation in Chennai. Sreesanth  then made his first-class debut against Goa in the 2002-03 domestic season, claiming 22 wickets in seven matches in the Ranji Trophy and winning selection for South Zone in the Duleep Trophy squad in the same season.
Sreesanth was selected for India-A side in a tour match against the visiting New Zealand side at Rajkot. Sreesanth  claimed one wicket in twelve overs after being restricted with a hamstring injury.  Sreesanth   also missed five Ranji Trophy games in that season, although he still travelled with the side for away games. This led to rumours that an astrologer convinced him to take a break from competition to preserve his longevity in the sport, which Sreesanth categorically denied, maintaining that he was training only to regain his fitness.
In November 2004, Sreesanth entered the record books when he took a hat-trick against Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji trophy game.  Sreesanth   was selected to represent India B in the Challenger Trophy in October 2005, a domestic limited-overs tournament.  Sreesanth  performed impressively in that tournament, earning the Man of the Series award and being the leading wicket taker (7) with the third best bowling average. This led to his selection to Indian team for the home ODI series against Sri Lanka.
ODI Career
Sreesanth was given the new ball in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Nagpur. After being punished early by Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya, Sreesanth returned to claim his first two ODI wickets at the end of the match.  Sreesanth  was left out of the team and was later recalled for the fourth, fifth and sixth ODIs as coach Greg Chappell tinkered with the line-up. Sreesanth  was retained in the squad but did not play in the 5 match series against South Africa, but played all five matches in the tour to Pakistan, recording a haul of 4/58 in the fifth ODI against Pakistani cricket team in Karachi. A good home series against the England in April 2006, in which he claimed 10 wickets at an average of 16.3, including a career best 6/55 in the final match at Indore (in which he was awarded the man of the match award ), led to him subsequently being awarded a BCCI contract, in the C-grade in May.
Sreesanth  disappointing economy rate led him to be left out of the ICC Champions Trophy squad of 14, with the beneficiary being R. P. Singh.  Sreesanth  made an unexpected come back to the blue squad due to the injury to Ajit Agarkar later in the tournament.  Sreesanth  was also out of the Indian ODI team for the England tour.
Inn 2011 Cricket World Cup, Sreesanth was selected due to injury to Praveen Kumar.  Sreesanth  was expensive in the first game going wicketless at 53 runs in 5 overs. he was selected in the final where he gave away 52 runs for 8 wicketless overs.
Test Career 
Sreesanth bowling in the nets.Sreesanth was selected for his first Test squad in the home series against England in March 2006, in place of Zaheer Khan.  Sreesanth   claimed 4/95 in his debut appearance in the 1st Test in Nagpur, where he opened the bowling with Irfan Pathan. Sreesanth  was ruled out of the second Test in Mohali due to illness, but recovered and captured five wickets as well a 29* with the bat in the Third Test in Mumbai. With the axing of Pathan,Sreesanth became India’s leading pace bowler on the tour of the West Indies. Sreesanth  missed the second Test due to an injury but managed to claim his best match figures of 5/72 in the 4th Test in Kingston, Jamaica.
Sreesanth’s most significant performance to date in Test cricket was his role in the 1st Test of India’s 2006 tour to South Africa at Johannesburg. After losing the limited-overs series 4-0, Sreesanthproduced took 5-40 in a display of pace and swing to help dismiss South Africa. This performance helped to bowl South Africans out for just 84, leading to first Indian win on South African soil, for which he was named man of the match. Again, Sreesanth’s emotional antics, which have led him to be regarded by some commentators as eccentric, were frequently noted.  Sreesanth  was fined after breaching the International Cricket Council’s advertising logo policy, and also for “conduct contrary to the spirit of the game” after sending off Hashim Amla after dismissing him. He was also involved in a highly-publicised confrontation while batting against paceman Andre Nel. Nel delivered a series of fast balls at Sreesanth’s upper body and after Sreesanth ungainly evaded one delivery, taunted him by gesturing to his chest, indicating that he felt Sreesanth was lacking in courage. On the next ball, Sreesanth gave him the charge and hit the ball straight over the bowler’s head into the stands for a six.  Sreesanth  then whirled his bat in enthusiasm and danced down the wicket, making fun of Nel and performing a dance. Later, Sreesanth said that he would not repeat anything of the sort, since he could be suspended for violating the code of conduct. Even though he went unpunished for the Nel incident, he was fined 30% of the match fee for running towards Hashim Amla after picking up his wicket, and wearing a branded garment under the jersey.
Sreesanth courted controversy once again during the fourth day of the second test of India’s 2007 tour to England at Trent Bridge.  Sreesanth  was fined half of his match fee for deliberately shoulder barging England captain Michael Vaughan whilst walking back to his mark. Sreesanth  also bowled a beamer at batsman Kevin Pietersen, which the latter had to take drastic action to avoid. Sreesanth however did immediately apologise afterwards. After the match he said that the ball had slipped from his hand. Soon afterwards, he bowled a no-ball where he overstepped the crease by roughly 2 feet (0.61 m), leading to speculation it was deliberate; the delivery was a bouncer to Paul Collingwood. Former England captain Michael Atherton called for Sreesanth to be banned for the Pietersen beamer, saying that Sreesanth could not control his on-pitch emotions.
After leaving out of the Indian team for about a year and half,Sreesanth was called back to play the home Test series against Sri Lanka in November 2009. Sreesanth played the second Test in Kanpur and picked up five wickets in the first innings, which helped India win the match by an innings and 144 runs. Sreesath was awarded the Man of the Match for taking six wickets in the match.After the match, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised him as one of the best bowlers of reverse swing.
World Twenty20 Championship, 2007In September 2007, Sreesanthjoined the Indian team in South Africa for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup following his omission for the one-day series in England. Although his performance in the tournament lacked consistency, Sreesanthmanaged breakthroughs at critical junctures that were vital to his team’s success. During the semifinal match against Australia which India won, Sreesanth got the vital wickets of the Australian openers Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden. The latter proved to be decisive in turning the match round in India’s favour. In the final against Pakistan, Sreesanthproved expensive with the ball, but became the centre of Indian celebrations as he held on to the catch in the last over that ended Pakistan’s innings and made India World Twenty20 champions.
Indian Premier League Sreesanth is associated with the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. In the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008, Sreesanth became the second leading wicket taker in the tournament after Sohail Tanveer, claiming 18 wickets. Sreesanth appeared only in the second half of the 2009 edition of the IPL.  Sreesanth   could not play the initial matches of the season owing to a stress fracture.  Sreesanth  left Kings XI Punjab after the 2010 Indian Premier League and signed for Kochi for the 2011 competition.
Altercation with Harbhajan Singh 
Harbhajan SinghOn April 25, 2008, following the victory of his Kings XI Punjab’s victory in the Indian Premier League over the Mumbai Indians at Mohali, Sreesanth was slapped under his eye by Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai. The incident came to light as Sreesanth was caught by TV cameras sobbing inconsolably on the field before the presentation ceremony. Sreesanth later downplayed the incident saying he had no complaints against Harbhajan who was “like an elder brother” to him. Harbhajan’s team had lost their third consecutive match when he apparently reacted violently to Sreesanth’s approaching him and saying “hard luck”. The IPL banned Harbhajan from the remainder of the tournament and prohibited him from collecting his salary after finding him guilty. The BCCI launched a separate investigation into the incident and decided to ban Harbhajan for five ODIs, deeming him to have broken the code of conduct in his national contract.
In Australia earlier that year, Sreesanth stated that he would maintain an aggressive attitude on the cricket field, “Sreesanth’s way is to be aggressive. Sreesanth will always remainSreesanth.”
WarwickshireIn August 2009, Sreesanth signed a deal to play for Warwickshire for the remainder of the English season.
Official warnings Sreesanth is noted for his exuberant and emotional behaviour, especially whilst appealing for and celebrating wickets. Such trademark behaviour has seen him frequently fined for violating the player conduct guidelines of the International Cricket Council. In October 2009, the BCCI and Kerala Cricket Association issued separate warnings to Sreesanth for indiscipline, failure of which could invite drastic actions such as ban from domestic cricket.
Sreesanth has been warned several times for indiscipline both on and off the cricket field. The BCCI issued a final warning to Sreesanth in October 2009, to mend his on-field behaviour, failure of which would invite a suspension from domestic matches. Following this, the Kerala Cricket Association also issued him a final warning for repeatedly violating code of conduct. This was after Sreesanth failed to turn up at the Kerala Ranji Trophy team camp in Kannur.
However, Sreesanth was recalled to the Indian squad for the first two Test matches against Sri Lanka in the following month.  Sreesanth  got the selection after being out of the national team for more than a year and half.  Sreesanth  replaced Ishant Sharma for the second Test in Kanpur and his bowling became instrumental in helping India win the Test match by an innings and 144 runs. Sreesanth’s five wicket haul in the first innings of the match earned him the Man of the Match award also.
The name Sreesanth Correct nameIn the English-language media, Sreesanth’s full name has been the source of some confusion.  Sreesanth  has been variously referred to as “SreeSreesanth“, “Sri Sreesanth“,”Shantha Sreesanth“. and “Shanthakumaran Sreesanth“.  Sreesanth  has also stated in the past that he wished to be known as “Sree Santh”.In September 2007, Sreesanth said that his name was just “Sreesanth” and that the other variations were incorrect:
“It’s Sreesanth. There is no Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, there is no S. Sreesanth. There was this function recently where they called me Sree Sreesanth, then Sree, and finally S Sreesanth. It’s just Sreesanth.”
Decision and cancellation of name changeWhen his form slumped in 2006, Sreesanth had tried to change his luck by changing his name to Sreesunth, on numerological advice.  Sreesanth  later stated that he was not going to change the name due to sentimental reasons. The word ‘santh’ in his name is derived from his father’s name Santhakumaran Nair.