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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, famously known as MS Dhoni, is an Indian professional cricketer who recently retired from international cricket. He rose to prominence in the early 2000s and is now known as one of the greatest cricketers. He is the only captain in the history of the sport to have won all ICC trophies.
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Key Facts & Information
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar, India (presently known as Jharkhand).
- He was born into a Hindu Rajput family.
- His parents hailed from the village of Lwali in Uttarakhand.
- Dhoni’s parents moved to Ranchi where his father, Pan Singh, worked in junior management in MECON under the Ministry of Steel of the Government of India.
- Dhoni’s mother, Devaki Devi, is a housewife.
- Dhoni has an elder sister named Jayanti Gupta and an elder brother named Narendra Singh Dhoni.
- Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir located in Shyamali in Ranchi.
- He was an athletic student who excelled in badminton and football and competed at district and club levels.
- He was the goalkeeper of the football team.
- His football coach also selected Dhoni to be the wicketkeeper for a local cricket club.
- Even without a background in cricket, Dhoni impressed with his performance and became the regular wicketkeeper in the Commando cricket club team from 1995 to 1998.
- His great performance at local cricket led him to be chosen for Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship team during the 1997-98 season.
- After completing his 10th standard, Dhoni decided to focus on cricket.
- In 1998, Dhoni was selected to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team.
- Until 1998, Dhoni had not played professional cricket.
- Dhoni’s drive and skills impressed Deval Sahay, an ex Bihar Cricket Association Vice-President, who then pushed Dhoni’s selection in the Bihar team.
- Dhoni was not selected for the East Zone U-19 squad or Rest of India squad during the 1998-99 season.
- At the age of 18, Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar for the 1999-2000 season.
- Dhoni played the Ranji Trophy for more than three years before he was selected over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent the East Zone in the Duleep Trophy finals.
- It was at that point when Dhoni’s talent was scouted by BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW and discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar, captain of Bengal in the 1960s.
- During the 2002-03 season, his performance gained recognition in the Ranji Trophy and the Deodhar Trophy.
- During the 2003-04 season, he won the Deodhar Trophy as part of the East Zone team, wherein he also scored a century.
- A century is a score of 100 or more runs in a single innings by a batter.
- Dhoni was eventually selected for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya.
- He helped his team defeat Pakistan A in back-to-back matches, scoring a half century in the first match then two centuries in the second.
- His exceptional performance was noticed by Sourav Ganguly who was the then Indian National Team captain.
- MS Dhoni was selected to play in the national One Day International (ODI) team for India’s tour of Bangladesh during the 2004-05 season.
- He did not give a superb performance in his debut series but the selectors showed confidence in him as he was selected for the succeeding Pakistan ODI series.
- Dhoni showed his quality and scored a record-breaking 148 in his fifth ODI match.
- In 2007, he was appointed as vice-captain of the ODI team for two series against South Africa and England.
- He was captain of the Indian team when they won the ICC World Twenty20 trophy against the Pakistani team.
- Under his captaincy, India ranked number one in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009.
- Proving himself as a successful captain, he was selected to lead the Indian ODI team against Australia in September 2007.
- His outstanding leadership of the Indian team was proved yet again when they won the 2011 World Cup.
- In 2013, he led the Indian team in winning the ICC Champions Trophy.
- To date, MS Dhoni is the only captain to have won all the ICC trophies, namely the Test Mace, the ODI World Cup, and the Champions Trophy.
- He went on to play ODIs until his retirement from ODI captaincy in January 2017.
- Nonetheless, he still could play limited overs cricket.
- Dhoni was born into a middle class family.
- He served as a Travelling Ticket Examiner at the Kharagpur Railway Station from 2001 to 2003.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni married his schoolmate Sakshi Singh Rawat on July 4, 2010.
- The couple has one daughter named Ziva who was born February 6, 2015.
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