MS Dhoni is a highly praised cricketer in India. Here we see some Short biographical notes on MS Dhoni.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a popular Cricketer and was a Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. Dhoni was born on 7th July, 1981 in Ranchi. He has a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. He studied in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Jharkand. During his childhood, he excelled in badminton and football initially. He was sent to play as a wicket keeper in a local cricket club. He impressed with his skills and played as wicket keeper at Commando cricket club from 1995 to 1998. He focused on cricket after his 10th standard. He was a Travelling Ticket Examiner at Kharagpur from 2001 to 2003. He was recognised and got a chance in Indian A team on tour to Zimbabwe and Kenya. Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his schoolmate in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Uttarkhand, on 2010. He became a father on 2015 to baby girl named Ziva.
Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Initially, he appeared as a lower-order batsman but gradually changed his playing style to deal with high pressure. Because of his explosive style of finished matches, he is nicknamed as “The Finisher”.
As an Indian cricketer, he got an opportunity to play Pakistan ODI series. He scored 148 in 123 deliveries. This match became an eye opener for him in the cricket career. He set some records on the series. He was elected as the Captain of the Indian team for the World Twenty20 in 2007. He was a part of India’s first ever Twenty20 International match. He made his captaincy debut against Scotland. Indian team won the final against Pakistan and this made Dhoni the Second Indian captain to have won a World Cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev. He topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months in 2009. During 2011 World Cup, India beat Australia in quarter finals. In the Finals, Dhoni played a knock of 91* against Sri Lanka and lifted the cup. In 2013, Dhoni became the second India Batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to aggregate 1,000 or more ODI-runs against Australia. He stepped down as a captain of India in January 2017.
Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for 1.5 million USD. Under his captaincy, Chennai Super Kings won 2010, 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League t20 titles. After the suspension of CSK for 2 years, he bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for 1.9 million USD in 2016. In the 2018 IPL season, CSK returned to IPL and he scored 455 runs in the tournament and led his side to their 3rd IPL title.
Dhoni became captain for ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in 2007. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to no.1 in the ICC Test Rankings in 2009. His final game as the Indian limited-overs captain was on January 2017. He is the only one captain, who was massively praised by even his contemporary players like Sachin and foreign players. Also, the Indian cricket lovers adore him. He is fondly called as “Mahi”, “MSD” and “Thala”. Despite any pressurised moments or edgy moments in matches, he maintains his calm and subtle attitude. For this quality, he is nicknamed as “Captain Cool”. Many captains had ruled the team, but the captain cool rules all the people’s heart by his subtleness and simplicity.
He received Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award in 2009. He was also honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honour given for achievements in sports in 2007-08. He was appreciated by De Montfort University with Honorary doctorate degree in 2011. He also awarded with Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India in 2018. He has won several Man of the Match awards in many matches including ODI matches and ODI series.
Other than Cricket:
Dhoni is the co-owner of Ranchi based Hockey club Ranchi rays, of Hockey India League. Along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, he is a co-owner of Chennai based Football club Chennaiyin FC, of Indian Super League. He has more interests in bike, so he co-partnered with Akkineni Nagarjuna in buying a Supersport World Championship team Mahi Racing Team India. In 2016, he launched lifestyle brand SEVEN, where he owns the footwear side and is also the brand ambassador of SEVEN. A biographical film based on the life of Dhoni, titled “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” was released on 2016 and got a massive hit.
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