A to Z about the inspiring cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni

The Indian cricket board has nominated Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country's third highest civilian award, the Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the game. MS Dhoni has been one of the greatest names in the game of cricket. Dhoni's acknowledgements and credentials are seamless and he has reached here with lot of hard work and determination.  Here is A-Z on Mahandra Singh Dhoni.

A : Also known as Mahi

B : Born on July 7, 1981 in a Hindu Rajput family in Ranchi, Bihar (Now in Jharkand)

C : Captaincy & Captian Cool tag

Dhoni is popularly known as the captain cool and is rated amongst the best captains. He became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). In 2009, Dhoni captaincy skills led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings and with time under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. He has kept himself composed and cool in the most stressful times.

D : Debut

Till 1998 Dhoni, who was in class 12th in school, had played only school cricket and club cricket and no professional cricket. MS Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000. Dhoni's performance impressed many throughout including in Deodhar Trophy and in the Duleep Trophy. In was in 2003/04 he debut the one day format and was picked for the India A squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya.

E : Excelled in sports like badminton and football and was also selected at district and club level in these sports. Dhoni was pursuing football before he was suggested to get into cricket by his school coach.

F : Family

MS Dhoni's father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. His wife name is Sakshi Singh Rawat and they both are parents to a baby girl named Ziva.

G : Gloomy Captaincy Times

In December 2009 Dhoni was banned for two ODI matches against Sri Lanka by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe as India was three overs short of the specified rate. In January 2012 Dhoni was banned for the fourth Test match against Australia in Adelaide as India was two overs short during the third Test in Perth. In the CB Series Dhoni faced a one match ban for slow-over rate against Australia.

H : Honorary awards and recognitions includes

  • ICC ODI Player of the Yearin 2008 and 2009
  • ICC World ODI XI in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013
  • LG People's Choice Awardin 2013
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2007-08.
  • Padma Shri Awardee, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.
  • Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011
  • In 2011, Time magazine included Dhoni in its annual Time 100 list as one of the "Most Influential People in the World.
  • In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world.
  • In June 2015, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 23rd in the list of highest paid athletes in the world.

I : International Records

  • First wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals in three forms of the game(combined ODI, test and T20I) .
  • Dhoni has played maximum matches as captain (combined ODI, test and T20I).
  • Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 Test runs.
  • First Indian and fifth overall to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.
  • Ms Dhoni is the only captain to win all ICC tournament cups.
  • Holds the record of hitting the maximum international sixes as captain.

J : Jovial Side

Most of Dhoni's colleagues term Dhoni as a very honest and a straightforward person but very few know his jovial and playful side to his persona. While he was serving as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station he was staying at the railway quarters and one fine day, Dhoni and a couple of his friends covered themselves in white bedsheets and walked around in the complex late in the night making a fooling everyone into believing that there were ghosts moving around in the complex.

K : Keen admirer of Adam Gilchrist. His childhood idols were cricket teammate Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.

L : Life of Dhoni inspired a biopic fim, titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story that was released on 30 September 2016.

M : Made an announcement of his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014

N : Not so good times were faced by his family when India unexpectedly crashed out the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in 2007 Cricket World Cup, his house was attacked, smashed  by political activists and were provided police protection.

O : Outside Associations

  • Dhoni is a Co-owner of Ranchi Rays, Ranchi based Hockey club Ranchi Rays, a franchise of the Hockey India League.
  • He is also the Co-owner of Chennaiyin FC, Chennai based Football club Chennaiyin FC, a franchise of the Indian Super League.
  • His interest in bikes led him co-parternered Akkineni Nagarjuna in buying a Supersport World Championship team Mahi Racing Team India.

P: Promotional Ratification

The endorsements signed by Dhoni include Pepsico, Reebok, Exide, TVS Motors, Boost (health food), Dainik Bhaskar and many more. In February 2016, Dhoni launched lifestyle brand SEVEN. Dhoni owns the footwear side of the brand and is also the brand ambassador of SEVEN

Q : Quit as captain of India in the limited over formats in January 2017, just ahead of the ODI series at home against England.

R : Recorded as the most successful Indian Test captain

S : Sakshi Rawat Foundation is managed by Dhoni's wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children

T : Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal.

U :  Under his captaincy, India won the World Cup in 2011 and reached the semifinals in 2015.

V : Vice-President of India Cements Ltd.

W : Worthiest wicket-keeping skills makes him one off the best wicket keepers in world cricket and is known to have very fast hands

X : eXtra strengths as compared to other cricketers are that he is a wicketkeeper, right hand batsman as well as right hand medium paced bowler. 

Y : Youth's icon and suggest of vigorousness and freshness in his persona

Z : Zestful attitude of his is surely what makes him a favourite.



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