Everyone knows how popular cricket is in India. And in the last decade, the cricketer who has received the most love from all over the world including India is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Today, who does not know Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a good cricketer?
Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a captain has taken Team India to a different level. This is the reason why India has consistently occupied the largest trophies in the last decade. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the Indian cricket team has captured all three ICC trophies and Dhoni is the only captain in the world who has done this feat.
Introduction of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in the Khas family of Ranchi. His father’s name is Pan Singh and his mother’s name is Devaki. His father, Pan Singh, is a retired employee of MECON (a public sector undertaking under the Ministry of Steel), he also served in junior management positions. His mother Devaki Devi is a housewife. Mahendra Singh Dhoni has an elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni and an elder sister Jayanthi Gupta. His brother is a politician, while his sister is an English teacher.
It was a good occasion when his football coach sent him as the wicketkeeper of the local club’s cricket team. Mahendra Singh Dhoni attracted everyone with his best performance and from 1995 to 1998 took a permanent position in the Commando Cricket Club team as a regular wicketkeeper.
MS Dhoni continued to perform well from the beginning and was selected for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship Team during 1997-98. He started taking cricket seriously only after 10th standard. But for cricket, this legendary cricketer had to compromise his studies, so he left his studies after the 12th.
Career debut of MSD
In 1998, India’s great cricketers were playing only at school and club-level cricket. And selected to play in the Central Coal Fields Limited team. During this time, he impressed the former President of Bihar Cricket Association Deval Sahay with his true determination, hard work and his best performance. After which he got opportunities to play first-class cricket.
During the 1998–99 season, he failed to make it to the East Zone U-19 team or the rest of the Indian team, but the following season he was selected for the East Zone U-19 team for the CK Nayudu Trophy.
At the age of 20, he got a job as a Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station through sports quota and moved to Midnapore in West Bengal. He worked as a railway employee from 2001 to 2003. Because Dhoni’s mind was in sports since childhood, he could not work for long.
International cricket of dhoni
During the 2003–04 season, he was selected for the ‘India A Team’ touring Zimbabwe and Kenya. For India A Team, Dhoni played the first match against Zimbabwe XI as a wicket-keeper and made 7 catches and stumping during the match.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni also helped his Pakistan A team beat back-to-back. In which Dhoni scored a half-century. In this way, Mahendra Singh Dhoni did his best in the match played with three countries. Whose talent was noticed by the captain of the Indian national team, Sourav Ganguly?
BCCI selected Mahendra singh Dhoni in the National One Day Match in the year 2004-2005 after impressing with his consistent performance. Mahendra Singh Dhoni played his first ODI against the Bangladesh team. But he could not perform well in his first match and was just out on zero. But despite the poor performance, the stars of Mahendra Singh Dhoni – MS Dhoni’s luck supported him. Because the selectors trusted him by selecting him for the next One Day Match series to play with Pakistan. Mahendra Singh became the captain of the Indian team in 2007
Achievements of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Dhoni has also received many accolades such as the ICC One Day Player of the Year Award (the first Indian player to receive this honour) in 2007. The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009, the Padma Shri Award. Dhoni was given captain status in Wisden’s first Dream Test eleven team. Under his captaincy, India won again in the One Day Cricket World Cup after 28 years. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the winner of the Champions Trophy for the first time. Dhoni became the first captain in the world to have all the ICC Cups. He quit Test cricket in 2014 with the captaincy. This decision shocked the cricket world. On 14 July 2018, MS Dhoni became the fourth Indian cricketer and the second wicketkeeper to score 10,000 runs in ODI cricket.
Dhoni led India to the 2015 Cricket World Cup for the second time. And for the first time, India won all the group matches. As well as winning a record in 11 consecutive World Cups. He also created a new record, he became the first captain of India to have 100 ODIs. They said that soon they will take a step that no captain has taken in their career. They will divide the team into 2 parts, the player who does not play well will put them on another team. The player who will play well in their team Will keep some new players in it. Dhoni relinquished the captaincy of the Indian ODI and Twenty20 international team on 7 January 2014.
Mahendra singh Dhoni awards
MS has received 6 Man of the Series awards and 20 Man of the Match awards for his outstanding performance in ODI. He has also received 2 Man of the Match awards in Tests throughout his career.
In 2007, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also honoured with the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award by the Government of India. This award is the best honour given in the sports world.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has named ICC, ODI ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He also made it to the ICC World ODI XI team for 7 consecutive years from 2008 to 2014. Let us tell you that Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also included in the ICC World Test XI team in the years 2009, 2010 and 2013.
In 2011, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was also awarded an honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University.
M S Dhoni was also awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.
Along with this, Dhoni was also awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in the country, in 2018.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the second player after legendary cricketer Kapil Dev who has also got the honour of the Indian Army.
In the year 2011, Dhoni was on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni ranked number 16 among the world’s most valuable players in 2012.
In June 2015, Forbes placed Dhoni at number 23 on the list of most expensive players and according to this list, he earned US $ 31 million.