Mahendra Singh Dhoni – A Quick Biography & Profile of MS Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni-A Biography:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni {Nicknamed “Mahi”} was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Dhoni is the current the captain of India’s One Day International (ODI) team and Twenty20 (T20) team. Born to Mr. Pan Singh and Mrs. Devaki Devi, he has a sister, Jayanti, and a brother, Narendra. Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished his schooling from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali Ranchi.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-Cricket Style & History:
Dhoni excelled in badminton and football when in school and was selected to play these sports at the district and club level subsequently. Despite being a goalkeeper for his football team, Mahi switched his interest to cricket and became a regular wicketkeeper-batsman. He is known as an extravagantly flamboyant right-handed batsman with a right-arm medium bowling style. MSD made his Test debut against the West Indies at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, on December 2, 2005.Here is an excerpt of his early cricketing profile: Playing in the second Test against Sri Lanka, he made his first half-century in just 51 balls. During India’s tour of Pakistan in January 2006, he scored his first Test century in just 93 balls, a crucial century that helped India avoid follow-on, in the second Test at Faisalabad. He also scored a quick and aggressive 69 runs against West Indies, in the first Test at Antigua, and finished the series with 13 catches and 4 stumping. By October 2008, he had made a spectacular score of 1,418 runs in 29 Tests including one century and nine half-centuries. That also included 68 catches along with 14 stumping, at an average of 33.76. His highest score at the present level is 148.

In 2008 Chennai Super Kings signed Mahendra Dhoni for 1.5 million USD, making him the most expensive player to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the inaugural season, in which he led his team into the finals against Rajasthan Royals. In his fourteen T20 matches, he has scored 295 runs with a best of 73 not out, and as a wicketkeeper he has dismissed 3 players at this level. In 2009 Indian skipper he topped the list of world’s 10 top earning cricketers compiled by Forbes.

In his Cricketing Career he has been the recipient of many national & international awards including the Prestigious ICC ODI Player of the Year award {2008-09}which also made him the first Indian player to attain this feat, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, in 2009. In 2009, he became the highest ranked ODI batsman on the ICC Rankings List. He was also named as captain of Wisden’s first-ever Dream Test XI Team in 2009. Mahi topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers in 2009 compiled by Forbes. He was subsequently selected as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009. He also has a couple of other records to his credit. Interestingly, he was voted as the MTV Youth Icon 2006 and was the amazing icon of the Pogo TV amazing kid’s awards.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-Fun Facts:
He draws his inspiration from Adam Gilchrist, the former wicketkeeper-batsman of Australia, and his favorite actors include popular movie stars Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham, Katrina Kaif, and Salman Khan among others.

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