"Captain Cool: Decoding the Legacy of MS Dhoni"

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MS Dhoni is arguably the most well-liked Indian cricket player ever. With the help of a specific batting and wicketkeeping technique, as well as a captaincy approach that combined the best aspects of unorthodoxy and conservatism, he rose from the cricket backwater of Jharkhand, in eastern India, to glory. India won in every tournament under Dhoni's guidance: the Test rankings were topped for 18 months beginning in December 2009, the 50-over World Cup was won in 2011, and the T20 world championship was won on his captaincy debut in 2007.

Dhoni, who was raised in Ranchi, debuted for Bihar in the first class in 1999. He played his first test match for the Indian cricket team against Sri Lanka a year after making his debut on December 23, 2004, in an ODI against Bangladesh. Before taking over in all forms in 2008, he was named captain of the ODI team in 2007. Dhoni played limited-overs cricket until 2019 after retiring from test cricket in 2014. In international cricket, he has amassed 17,266 runs, with over 10,000 runs at an average of over 50 in one-day formats.

"If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself, you don’t really know what the target is."

Early Life: -

On July 7, 1981, MS was born into a Hindu Rajput family in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) to Pan Singh and Devaki Devi. He was the youngest of three children and a native of Lwali village in Uttar Pradesh (now Uttarakhand). The surname is spelled "Dhauni" by his family.
Dhoni finished his education at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, where he began playing goalkeeping football until switching to cricket at his coach Keshav Banerjee's suggestion. Dhoni worked with Indian Railways' South Eastern Railway zone in Kharagpur from 2001 to 2003 as a Traveling Ticket Examiner (TTE).

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MS Dhoni ,Ziva , Sakshi Dhoni Personal Life:-

On July 4, 2010, Dhoni wed Sakshi Singh Rawat in Dehradun. Zeeva is Dhoni and his wife's kid. He lives outside of Ranchi in his farmhouse. Dhoni has a collection of numerous automobiles and motorcycles.

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MS Dhoni Professional debute and his career:-

He was a wicket-keeper with the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) side in 1998 and the Commando Cricket Club from 1995 to 1998. He batted higher in the order at CCL, which helped the team advance to a higher tier. His excellence in club cricket earned him a selection for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy under-16 championship in 1997–98. Dhoni participated in the Cooch Behar Trophy in 1998–1999 for the Bihar U-19 team, where he scored 176 runs in 5 games. The Bihar U-19 cricket team advanced to the final of the 1999–2000 Cooch Behar Trophy, where Dhoni scored 84 runs in a losing effort. During the tournament, Dhoni scored 488 runs in nine games, with five fifty-score innings, 17 catches, and seven stumpings. In the 1999–2000 season, Dhoni was selected for the East Zone U-19 team for the C. K. Nayudu Trophy. Yet, he only managed to score 97 runs in four games as East Zone lost all of their games and came last in the tourney.

When Dhoni was eighteen years old, he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar against Assam in the 1999–2000 season, making 68 runs in the second innings. With 283 runs in 5 games, Dhoni concluded the season. In the Ranji Trophy season of 2000–01, Dhoni made his first century in a first-class match while playing Bihar against Bengal. He did not score more than fifty in the 2000–01 season aside from this century, and he only achieved five fifties in four Ranji matches during the 2001–02 Ranji Trophy season. Dhoni began to garner attention for his hard-hitting batting style and lower-order impact while playing for Jharkhand in the 2002–03 Ranji Trophy and East Zone in the Deodhar Trophy. MS was identified as an emerging talent by the Small-town Talent-Spotting Initiative (TRDW) of the BCCI. Dhoni was chosen for a 2004 trip to Zimbabwe and Kenya with the India A team. At the Harare Sports Club, MS made seven catches and four stumpings against the Zimbabwe XI. In the tri-nation competition between Kenya, India A, and Pakistan A, Dhoni scored 362 runs at an average of 72.40 with back-to-back hundreds to assist India A overcome Pakistan A and reach their target of 223.

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MS Dhoni International career:-

To make sure that the wicket-keeper position didn't lack batting talent, the Indian ODI squad experimented with Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik in addition to Rahul Dravid in the early 2000s. Dhoni was chosen for the ODI squad for the December 2004 trip to Bangladesh because of his strong performance with the India A team. In the opening game of the series, Dhoni was run out for a duck while making his debut. For the ensuing ODI series against Pakistan, Dhoni was chosen. In the series' second game in Visakhapatnam, MS broke the previous mark for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper by scoring 148 runs off 123 deliveries in his sixth one-day international. During the October–November 2005 bilateral ODI series with Sri Lanka, Dhoni was elevated to the No. 3 batting position in the batting order for the third ODI in Jaipur, where he struck an undefeated 183 runs off 145 balls to win the match for India. The century would eclipse his previous best score as an Indian wicketkeeper and be aptly described in Wisden Almanack as 'Uninhibited, yet anything but crass'. In an ODI cricket run chase, it was also the greatest individual score ever. Shane Watson broke that record seven years later.

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World T20 and Captaincy:-

In September 2007, Dhoni was named captain of the Indian team for the first World Twenty20. India won the tournament under Dhoni's leadership after defeating Pakistan in the championship match. Later on, Dhoni was named the Indian cricket team's captain for all formats.

In India's hosting of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni led the Indian team. After defeating Sri Lanka in the championship match, India won their second-ever ODI World Cup. Dhoni was chosen man of the match for his flawless 91 runs scored. For the first time in five years, Pakistan visited India for a bilateral series in December 2012, and Dhoni scored more than any other player in all three games, including an innings in the opening One-Day International in Chennai. As the captain of India in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, Dhoni made history by being the first and only player in international cricket history to win every ICC limited-overs trophy. In the final shortened by the rain versus England, On the DLS method, India won by five runs, despite Dhoni being out for a duck. In addition, the ICC named him captain and wicketkeeper of the "Team of the Tournament."India finished as runners-up in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20, headed by Dhoni, after a loss to Sri Lanka in the championship match. The ICC named him as captain and wicketkeeper for the "Team of the Tournament."MS captained the Indian side in 332 games, including 200 ODIs.

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MS Dhoni Test retirement and the 2015 World Cup:-

In December 2014, when India was touring Australia, Dhoni played his final series. Dhoni declared his departure from the format after the third Test in Melbourne. With nine dismissals (eight catches and a stumping) in his final test, he broke Kumar Sangakkara's record for the most stumpings in international cricket and established a record for the most dismissals an Indian wicketkeeper has ever made in a match, which was only beaten by Wriddhiman Saha in 2018.

Dhoni made history in the 2015 Cricket World Cup by being the first Indian captain to win every game in the group stage. He scored the best score by an Indian captain in New Zealand, 85, in the Auckland match against Zimbabwe. He became the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches and the third overall after defeating Bangladesh in the quarterfinals. In the semi-finals, India lost to eventual champions Australia despite a strong series from Dhoni, who amassed 237 runs in six innings at an average of 59.25 and a strike rate of 102.15, making him just the second Indian captain to have both an average and a strike rate above 50 in a single World Cup season.Dhoni led India to victory in the 2016 Asia Cup where India remained unbeaten. Dhoni stepped down as captain of India in January 2017. He was added to India's Cricket World Cup squad in April 2019. In the semi-final defeat to New Zealand on July 9, 2019, Dhoni participated in his 350th and final One-Day International. After losing to Pakistan in the 2019 World Cup semi-final, Dhoni didn't take part in any international cricket matches. On August 15, 2020, he announced his retirement from the game.

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MS Dhoni Records and achievements:-


⏩ The highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper (4876 runs).
⏩ The maximum sixes scored by an Indian captain
⏩ fifth most dismissals of any wicketkeeper and the greatest number by an Indian (294).
⏩ Most Indian wicket-keeper dismissals and fifth-highest total of any wicket-keeper (294)


⏩ Second most overall and most victories by an Indian captain (110).
⏩ 6641 runs, the second-most as captain.
⏩ most matches played as captain in third place (200).
⏩ The first player with an average of more than 50 runs per game to reach 10,000.
⏩ 84 times the most not-outs.
⏩ Record-breaking eighth-wicket partnership for India (100* with Bhuvneshwar Kumar).
⏩ Highest wicket-keeper score (183*)
⏩ Maximum dismissals in a career (432) and an innings (6) for an Indian wicketkeeper.
⏩ most stumpings are committed by a wicketkeeper.


⏩ Most T20II matches as captain (72) are ranked second.
⏩ Most runs (1,153) and innings (76) in T20I before a fifty is scored.
⏩ As the wicketkeeper, the most stumpings (34).
⏩ Maximum catches made while keeping wickets in a T20I match: five total.
⏩ most games as captain for an international team (332).
⏩ Only one wicketkeeper has made 150 stumpings, and the most (195).
⏩ third-highest number of wicket-keeping dismissals.
⏩ Third most career a six (359).


⏩ ICC World T20: 2007
⏩ Asia Cup: 2010, 2016, 2018
⏩ Cricket World Cup: 2011
⏩ ICC Champions Trophy: 2013
⏩ Chennai Super Kings
⏩ Indian Premier League(IPL): 2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, 2023
⏩ Champions League: 2010,2014

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⏩ 2006's MTV Youth Icon of the Year
⏩ De Montfort University awarded an honorary doctorate in 2011
⏩ CNN-News18 2011's Indian of the Year
⏩ The 2008 Major Dhyanchand Khel Ratna Award
⏩ 2009 saw the Padma Shri.
⏩ 2011 Honorary Lieutenant Colonel, Indian Territorial Army's Parachute Regiment
⏩ 2011's Castrol Indian Cricket Player of the Year
⏩ ICC 2013's People's Choice Award
⏩ Padma Bhushan: 2018
⏩ 2008 and 2009's ICC ODI Player of the Year
⏩ 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011–2014): ICC Men's ODI Team of the Year
⏩ ICC Men's ODI team of the decade: wicket-keeper and captain, 2011–2020
⏩ The 2011–2020 ICC Men's T20I team of the decade (captain and wicketkeeper)
⏩ 2011–2020 ICC Spirit of the Cricket Award of the Decade.
⏩ The south stand of the Jharkhand Cricket Association stadium bears Dhoni's name