MS Dhoni: Amazing Journey of The Small Town boy to world legend

First, let us tell you, Why did we write this article and Why would you read this article “MS Dhoni and his amazing journey of the small-town boy to remarkable life story”? Because MS Dhoni is the most successful captain of the Indian cricket team. One of the Great influencing personality in Indian sports. Everyone loves him due to his calmness in the cricket field, his captaining techniques. Not only fans but also cricket legends, cricket experts, players praises him for his captaining techniques.

It’s a story about how Ranchi’s small-town poster boy became a cricket legend. He is a small town revolutionary. His story is an inspiration for millions of people across this country. He played 90 tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is.

Let’s read MS Dhoni’s biography to know about his inspiring life, work, and achievements.

Quick Facts

Full NameMahendra Singh Dhoni
Born Date7th July 1981
Born PlaceRanchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Best known forBest Finisher, Captain cool, Mahi
AchievementsPadmashri, Padma Bhushan, Rajiv Gandhi Khela Ratna and many more
Family & RelationShipPan Singh (Father), Devaki Devi (Mother), Jayanti Gupta (Sister), Narendra Singh Dhoni (Brother), Sakshi Singh Dhoni (spouse), Ziva Dhoni (Daughter)
DebutODI: Decmber 23, 2004, T20I: December 1, 2006, Test: December 2, 2005
CaptaincyODI: September 2007, T20I: 13th September 2007, Test: November 2008
RetirementTest: December 2014, ODI & T20: 15th August 2020

MS Dhoni Biography

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a former Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national cricket team and achieved many successes for the team. He is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Dhoni is best known for his playing with high-pressure situations, How he takes responsibility and finishes the match in his own way. In difficult times, Dhoni controls situations with patience and a cool mind. That’s why he is popularly known as Captain Cool. He is also called as the best finisher due to his finishing style. He has a huge fan following in India. Legends, fans, old age people, young Indian, everyone loves him. Everyone is a fan of his helicopter shot. He has the quickest wicket keeping skill. England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler is a huge fan of Dhoni’s wicket-keeping skill.

He won trophies for India like the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy.

Dhoni has received many prestigious awards like ICC ODI Player of the Year award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, Padma Shri, and Padma Bhushan.

MS Dhoni Early Life and Family

  • MS Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand from a Hindu Rajput family. His father Pan Singh who worked in junior management positions in MECON Limited, Mother Devaki Devi, a sister Jayanti Gupta is a school teacher and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni is a politician. Dhoni is the youngest of three siblings in his family.
  • Dhoni married his schoolmate Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4 July 2010. Dhoni has a daughter named Ziva who born on 6 February 2015.

MS Dhoni Education & Early Career

  • Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali in Ranchi. In his school, Dhoni was selected at the district and club level in badminton and football.
  • Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and but he was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. He impressed with his wicket-keeping skills in that match and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club. For his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship.

MS Dhoni Job Career

  • Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003. He got this job for his sports quota.
  • He was very honest about his job. But he was not satisfied with that job. He wants to play cricket for India.

MS Dhoni Cricket Career

Dhoni was included in 2011 in Time magazine’s annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” Read below his Influential journey of cricket.

Starting of the career

  • In 1998, After seeing his playing techniques, Deval Sahay selected him to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. Deval Sahay was an ex Bihar Cricket Association Vice-President.
  • Dhoni wanted to bat in top order and while he was playing for CCL, he got a chance to bat up the order. He utilized that chance in the right way and scored a century and helped his team CCL to move to the A division.
  • After seeing Dhoni’s hard-hitting batting shots and dedication, Deval Sahay approached the Bihar Cricket Association for Dhoni’s selection in the Bihar team.
  • Dhoni was included in the Bihar U-19 squad team in the 1998-99 season. His performance was not well, his team did not qualify for quarterfinals, and for this reason, He was not picked for the team like East Zone U-19 squad or Rest of India squad.
  • Dhoni made his debut in Ranji Trophy in 1999-2000 season. He scored 68* runs in his debut match in the second innings against the Assam cricket team.
  • In 2002-03 season, Dhoni became more popular for his hard-hitting batting style in lower-order position.

Selection for India A Squad

  • Dhoni’s talent was discovered by BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW (Talent Resource Development Wing) in Deodhar trophy.
  • Dhoni played Deodhar trophy in 2003-04 season for East Zone squad and won it. He played well for his team and contributed 244 runs in 4 matches. He caught the attention of the selectors of TRDW and his name was suggested to the National Cricket Academy.
  • After his good performance in Deodhar Trophy Dhoni was selected for India A ODI squad for the tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya in the 2003-04 season. He showed his best wicket-keeping skill in a match against the Zimbabwe XI.
  • Again Dhoni selected for India A squad for Triangular Tournament between India A, Pakistan A, and Kenya. Dhoni opened the innings against Kenya. He failed in that match, scored only 8 runs and Kenya won the match by 20 runs.
  • Dhoni played well against Pakistan and scored back to back centuries. India played 2nd match against Pakistan, Dhoni scored 70 runs and helped India A to chase down their target of 223. He played century knocks of 120 and 119 not out against Pakistan. He was the highest scorer of that series, scored 362 runs in 6 innings with an average of 72.40 and received the attention from Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and other members of the selection committee.

International Cricket Career

  • After his remarkable performance, Dhoni was selected in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in the 2004-05 season. On Dec 23, 2004, Dhoni made his ODI Debut but he did not have a great start. In the first match, he got run out for a duck in the first ball. In the second match, he scored 12 runs from 11 balls, in the third match scored 7 runs from 2 balls. He scored only 19 runs in 3 matches at an average of 9.5 in the series.
  • Dhoni was picked for the Pakistan ODI series in 2004-05, again he failed in the first match and scored only 3 runs from 7 balls. But in the second match of the series, he scored 148 runs from 123 balls, and hold the record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper.

ODI Career

  • Dhoni showed his talent by scoring 148 runs from 123 balls against Pakistan in his 5th match on April 5, 2005.
  • In Srilanka tour 2005/06 season, Dhoni promoted to No. 3 in the third ODI, he scored unbeaten 183 off 145 balls and helped India to chase down a target of 299. In that match, he held the record of hitting most sixes in an innings (10 sixes) by an Indian batsman. Later Rohit Sharma broke this record by hitting 16 sixes.
  • In September 2007, Dhoni become the ODI captain of the Indian team.
  • He has a legendry ODI cricket career. He won many matches on his own capabilities and batting technique. He won the 2011 world cup for India.
  • In 2013, under his captaincy, India won the 2013 Champions Trophy. India reached the semifinal in the 2015 world cup under his captaincy.

Test Career

  • In December 2005, Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik as the Indian teams’ Test wicket-keeper. In April 2008, Dhoni became the Part-time captain led the Indian Test team.
  • In November 2008, Dhoni makes his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final Test against Australia at Nagpur.
  • In the 2014-15 season, Dhoni played his last test series against Australia. In December 2014, after the third Test in Melbourne, Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test format.

T20I Career

  • In December 2006, MS Dhoni made his T20I debut against South Africa. On 13 Sep 2007, MS Dhoni debut as Captain of Indian T20 team against Scotland.
  • MS Dhoni has led India in the first-ever World T20 in 2007 and won the T20 World cup title for India.

Captaincy of the Indian Team

  • Captaincy in T20I: On 13th September 2007, Dhoni became the captain of the Indian T20 team against Scottland. He led India in ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and won it. He captained India in all 6 T20 World cups from 2007 to 2016. He left captaincy in January 2017.
  • Captaincy in ODI: In September 2007, Dhoni becomes the ODI captain of the Indian team. He won the 2011 world cup for India. India won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy. He also captained India in the 2015 ICC World cup. He left his captaincy in January 2017 and give all the responsibility to Virat Kohli with the aim that Virat Kohli can build his team for the 2019 world cup. Dhoni holds the record of the third captain in cricket history to win 100 matches. He won 110 matches as captain out of 200 matches in ODI cricket. He is the only captain who captained India 200 matches, most matches as an Indian Captain.
  • Captaincy in Test: In November 2008, he made his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final Test against Australia. Under his captaincy, India reached No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009. In March 2013, Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain and he crossed Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 victories from 49 Tests. He left his captaincy and retired from test cricket in December 2014.

IPL Career

  • In IPL, MS Dhoni is a part of Chennai Super Kings. He is in CSK from 2008, from the first edition. Dhoni captaining CSK from the starting of the IPL. In the year 2016 & 2017, when CSK was banned for 2 years, he was a part of Rising Pune Supergiant.
  • Under his captaincy, CSK won 3 IPL titles in 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2 Champions League T20 titles in 2010 and 2014.
  • Dhoni holds another record in IPL. Under his captaincy, his team CSK made spot in playoffs in all edition of IPL.
  • CSK is the team who played final match 8 times. 5 times runners up and 3 times winner.

Awards & Achievements of MS Dhoni

A small information about Achievements of MS Dhoni like Awards, Records and more.


  • MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006
  • ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: 2007
  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • Padma Shri: 2009
  • ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011
  • Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University: 2011
  • LG People’s Choice Award: 2013
  • Padma Bhushan: 2018

Achievements & Records in T20I

  • Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20I innings (76) and scored the most runs (1,153) before scoring a fifty
  • Most matches as captain in T20Is (72 matches)
  • Most wins in T20Is as captain (41 matches)
  • Most dismissals as wicket-keeper in T20Is (91)
  • Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is (57 catches)
  • Most stumping as wicket-keeper in T20Is (34)
  • Most catches as wicket-keeper in T20I innings (5 catches)
  • Most consecutive T20I innings without a duck (84 matches)

Achievements & Records in ODI

  • Dhoni’s 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005 has the record of the highest score in an innings by a wicketkeeper.
  • Dhoni has 444 dismissals in wicket-keeping, is the third highest in world cricket, and number 1 in Indian cricket.
  • Dhoni has the record of most stumpings (123) by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career and is so far the only keeper to pass 100 stumpings.
  • Most number of not outs in ODIs. 84 times.
  • First Indian wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches (321 catches) and fourth wicket-keeper in the world to achieve the record.
  • Record of 3rd player in world cricket and 1st player in Indian cricket to captain a team for 200 matches.
  • Record of 2nd player in world cricket and 1st player in Indian cricket to win most matches as captain. Ricky Ponting 165 matches and Mahendra Singh Dhoni 110 matches.
  • Record of playing highest matches as captain and wicket keeping for 200 matches.
  • Dhoni scored 6641 runs as captain which is second highest in world cricket and highest in Indian cricket.
  • Fourth Indian to reach 10,000 ODI runs (10773 runs) after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid.
  • The first player to cross 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with a career average of over 50 (50.57).

Achievements & Records in Test

  • Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings In 2009.
  • In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.
  • Dhoni was the 2nd most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins after Virat Kohli (33 Test).
  • Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to complete 4,000 test runs.
  • Dhoni’s 224 against Australia in Chennai is the third-highest score by an Indian captain and highest Test score by an Indian wicket-keeper.
  • Most dismissals by an Indian wicket-keepers with 294 dismissals.

Achievements & Records in IPL

  • 3rd player to hit most sixes in IPL career (209 sixes).
  • Most dismissals as a wicket-keeper (132 dismissals)
  • 2nd highest playing matches (190 matches)
  • Most matches as a captain (174 matches)
  • Most stumpings in a career (38 stumpings)
  • Most win as a captain (104 wins)

Other Important Achievements & Records

  • India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his Captaincy. He became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies.
  • The first player to win the award ICC ODI Player of the Year twice (2008, 2009).
  • Selected as Captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010, and 2013.
  • Selected a record of 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014) and 5 times as captain (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014).
  • The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honor.
  • Dhoni also holds numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.
  • Won 3 titles of IPL Trophy(2010, 2011, 2018), 2nd after Rohit Sharma (4 titles), and 2 titles of Champions League Twenty20 (2010, 2014).
  • 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.
  • Dhoni is the co-owner of Indian Super League team Chennaiyin FC.
  • Dhoni named as a wicketkeeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ at the 2017 Champions Trophy by Cricbuzz.
  • He was also named in the ODI XI of the year by Cricbuzz.
  • He has played the most international matches as captain (332 matches).
  • M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, a biographical film based on the life of Dhoni, was made and released on 30 September 2016.
  • In February 2016, Dhoni launched a brand called SEVEN.

MS Dhoni Fighting Innings

List of some fighting innings of MS Dhoni.

  • 148 runs from 123 balls against Pakistan on April 5, 2005.
  • 183 runs from 145 balls against Sri Lanka on October 31, 2005.
  • 67 runs from 74 balls against Sri Lanka on February 14, 2007.
  • 50 runs from 68 balls against Sri Lanka on February 19, 2008.
  • 76 runs from 80 balls against Sri Lanka on August 24, 2008.
  • 95 runs from 130 balls against West Indies on Jun 28, 2009.
  • 101 runs from 107 balls against Bangladesh on January 7, 2010.
  • 91 runs from 79 balls against Sri Lanka on April 2, 2011.
  • 75 runs from 69 balls against England on October 25, 2011.
  • 44 runs from 58 balls against Australia on February 12, 2012.
  • 58 runs from 69 balls against Sri Lanka on February 14, 2012.
  • 56 runs from 84 balls against Australia on February 19, 2012.
  • 113 runs from 125 balls against Pakistan on December 30, 2012.
  • 54 runs from 89 balls against Pakistan on January 3, 2013.
  • 45 runs from 52 balls against Srilanka on July 11, 2013.
  • 139 runs from 121 balls against Australia on October 19, 2013.
  • 92 runs from 86 balls against South Africa on October 14, 2015.
  • 45 runs from 68 balls against Sri Lanka on August 24, 2017.
  • 65 runs from 87 balls against Sri Lanka on December 10, 2017.
  • 50 runs from 72 balls in ICC Cricket World Cup against New Zealand on July 9-10 2019.

MS Dhoni magical moments

  • Winning the match against Pakistan in the bowl-out method on September 14, 2007, in 2007 ICC World Twenty20.
  • Winning the match against Pakistan and winning the trophy of 2007 ICC World Twenty20 in last over thrilling.
  • Winning the 2011 ICC World Cup with a historic six and the billions dream come true.
  • 2013 Champions Trophy, when India desperately needed wickets and 2 wickets fall down in Ishant Sharma’s last over. India won the trophy in a low scoring match.
  • Dhoni’s last ball run out against Bangladesh in 2016 ICC world cup.

Interesting Facts About MS Dhoni

Read interesting facts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni

  • In the year 2009, Dhoni was named as captain and wicketkeeper of the World ODI XI by the ICC for his performance.
  • In the 2011 World cup, Dhoni only scored 150 runs in 7 innings at an average of 30 just before the final match. But in the final match, Dhoni made a good partnership along with Gautam Gambhir and rescued India from a tough situation. And later Yuvraj Singh helped Dhoni to win the second World Cup title. He scored 91* runs, finished the game with a historical six.
  • 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.
  • He is the first player to win the award ICC ODI Player of the Year twice. He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010, and 2013.

Best Quotes about MS Dhoni

Also Read Quotes about MS Dhoni

  • “Sometimes I like to follow my own instinct as well, but whenever I ask Him anything 8 out of 9 times he always tells you things that work.” – Virat Kohli
  • “He is extremely calm, he is positive, he reads the game well, he tries to be a step ahead of the opposition.” – Sachin Tendulkar
  • “I have enjoyed playing cricket with him and playing under him.” – Sachin Tendulkar
  • “Ms Dhoni reads the game very well.” – Suresh Raina
  • “I know 3 cricketers who have great romantic stories in cricket. B. S. Chandrasekhar, Sachin Tendulkar, and MS Dhoni.” – Ayaz Memon
  • “MS Dhoni is an emotion that is there in you, in me. We just have to discover the emotion that connects us with our dream that is MS Dhoni.” – Sushant Singh Rajput

Best MS Dhoni Quotes

Read Inspiring quotes said by MS Dhoni

  • “Once job security enters the frame you really have to weigh everything carefully.”
  • “Being prepared will always keep you cool.”
  • “It is very important to stay focused, have short-term goals, not look too much in the future, If you don’t really have a dream, you can’t really push yourself, you don’t really know what the target is.”
  • “What I learnt from my senior players was how to be humble, how to conduct yourself when you’re successful, and how to figure your way out of tough times.”
  • “In a team environment, you have to deal with a lot of love and affection at some time, but also there times when we push the individuals.”
  • “Everybody is different, you need to address every Individual in a different way.”
  • “To be a successful captain, you need to know the strength of your team, you need to know the weakness of your team. You need to know all the individuals who are part of the team, which means you have to know how they react to different situations. These are a few basic things you need to know.”

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