Undoubtedly “2020” is one of the most abominative years ever we are facing. This year we have lost not only true gems but also many legends. The year “2020” made us hear aberrant news everyday. On 15 August, 2020 during the celebration of India’s Independence day, a very sad and heartbroken news of retirement by Mahendra Singh Dhoni from International Cricket was announced. Now, who is Mahendra Singh Dhoni? What was his journey behind a successful cricketer? How did he become a Legend?What records did he make? Let’s see –
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, commonly known as “M.S.Dhoni” or “Mahi” was born on 7 July,1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand). He was raised in Hindu Rajput family. His parents belonged to the village of Lwali in the Lamgara block of Almora District, Uttarakhand. His father Pan Singh Dhoni worked in a junior management position in MECON.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a right-handed batsman. He is known as the greatest cricketer of all time, having achieved more success than any other captain in the history of cricket till now. He always plays the role of wicket-keeper. He mostly plays shot in the back foot i.e. he plays shots shifting his body weight on the right leg. He has his own famous cricket shot called the “Helicopter”, which can pick balls and send them in the galleries for six runs. In the very beginning of his career as a cricketer, he was selected in 1998 by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Field Limited (CCL) team. This was the first time that Dhonistepped into professional cricket. Dhoni showed exceptional talent which impressed Deval Sahay who used his contacts in Bihar Cricket Association to push for his selection in the Bihar team.Then, Dhoni debuted for the senior Bihar Ranji Team for the 1999-2000 season. He was also included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998-99 season where he scored 176 runs in 7 innings from 5 matches. Dhoni, however, was not picked for East Zone U-19 squad (CK Nayudu Trophy) or rest of India squad (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinoo Mankad Trophy). Dhoni made his first class debut in Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in 1999-2000 season. He was just eighteen-year-old at that moment.
After playing Ranji Trophy for over three years, Dhoni was finally picked over international cricketer Deep Dasgupta to represent East Zone. It was then that Dhoni stepped into limelight. Dhoni was scouted by BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative TRDW and discovered by TRDO Prakash Poddar. Dhoni was selected for the Indian squad for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. His performance in that tour earned him the attention of the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri. He was named as the Captain of ICC World Test XI in 2019, 2010 and 2013. He has been selected a record of 8 times in ICC world ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain.
Dhoni‘s performance in ODIs against Sri Lanka opened the doors for Test Cricket for him. Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 and was the last man standing in his 30 run journey in his debut test innings. Dhoni went on to score his maiden half-century in the second Test. He was very aggressive with it too, as the half century came off 51 balls. We’ve witnessed Dhoni in making who was soon going to lead India to the number 1 spot in tests.
Dhoni was selected for India’s first ever Twenty 20 International match. The match was played against South Africa in December 2006. Although Dhoni was out for a duck, he contributed to India’s victory with one catch and a run out. The very next year, he was chosen to lead a young Indian team, in the first ever world T-20 in 2007. On 24 September 2007, Dhoniarrived on the international stage when Indian ODI team was struggling to find it’s Wicketkeeper-Batsman. We saw Rahul Dravid in the 2000s and then the arrival of wicket-keeper/batsman from the junior ranks such as Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik. But they didn’t fit the team combination well. Then Dhoni came in, who was picked for the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05.
Dhoni had the most disastrous start to his career which anyone can ever ask for. Getting run out for a duck on debut is the last thing you want. But,despite ordinary
performance in his inaugural series against Bangladesh cricket team, Dhoni was selected for the series against Pakistan. Dhoni scored his first century in his fifth one day international. He scored 148 in Visakhapatnam off only 123 deliveries and thus began the Dhoni era.
Dhoni‘s services were contracted by the Chennai Super Kings forUS $1.5 million in IPL’s inaugural season in 2008. He was the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions. Dhoni captioned Chennai Super Kings to victory in 2010, 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League title and in 2014 Champions League T-20 titles. After CSK was banned for two years, was subsequently bought by Rising Pune SuperGiants for US $1.9Million in 2016. He was the captain that year but his team finished in 7th place and he was replaced by Steven Smith.
Dhoni is India’s only two-timeWorld Cup Winning captain, leading the team to victory on two occasions which involved two different formats. He led a young Indian team to victory in South Africa in 2007. Dhoni then led India to their second ODI World Cup Victory in 2011. He was also awarded as the Man of Match in the finals against Sri Lanka for his score of 91 not out. The Bat which was used by Dhoni in the final match was auctioned for a whopping of Rs.72Lakhs.The entire sum of money went to Sakshi Rawat Foundation which was operated by his wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children.
Awards and Honours
1. ICC ODI player of the year:2008, 2009.
2. ICC World ODI XI:2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009,2011-14).
3. ICC World Test XI:2009, 2010, 2013.
4. Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011.
6. Most wins in T-20s as captain-41.
7. Most Matches as captain in T20Is-72.
8. Most Matches in the history of cricket as both captain and wicket-keeper.
9. Most Consecutive T20Is innings without a duck-84.
10. Dhoni holds the record for playing the most T20l innings-76 and scored the most runs-1,153 before scoring a fifty.
11. Most Dismissal as wicket-keeper in T20Is-84.
12. Most Catches as wicket-keeper in T20Is -54.
13. Most Stumpings as wicket-keeper in T20Is-33.
14. Most Catches as wicket-keeper in a T20Is innings-5.15. Most Not Outs in ODIs-82.
16. First Indian and fifth overall to hit 200 sixes in ODIs.
17. Highest score by wicket-keeper in ODIs-183*vs SL.
18. India’s highest eighth wicket partnership in ODIs-100 runs not out,Dhoni and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
19. Most unbeaten innings and highest average successful ODI run-chase.
20.Played most matches in the history of ODI as captain who has also served as a wicket-keeper-200
21. Most dismissals in an innings by an Indian Wicket-keeper-6.
22. Most dismissals in a career by an Indian wicket-keeper-432.
23. First wicket-keeper to take 300 ODI catches and fourth wicket-keeper in the world.
24. Most Stumping by any wicket-keeper in an ODI career-120.
25. 2018:Padma Bhushan,India’s third highest civilian award.
26. 2009:Padma Shri,India’s fourth highest civilian award.
27. 2007-08:Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna,India’s biggest honor given for achievement in sports.
28. MTV Youth Icon of the year:2006.
29. LG People’s Choice Award:2013.
30. Honorary Doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011.
MS Dhoni: The Untold Story Movie
In 2016, a biographical movie was made in Bollywood based upon the life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni namedM S Dhoni:The Untold Story. The movie depicted a dramatic translation of Dhoni. It was directed by Neeraj Pandey. Dhoni’s character was played by Late Sushant Singh Rajput and other casts were Disha Patani, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher,etc. This film was commercially very hit and a huge success. Later, the maker of the film had decided to make a sequel of the film but the shocking demise of the lead actor Sushant Singh Rajput, this project is being closed.