Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), is an Indian international cricketer who captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective “finisher” in limited-overs formats. He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket.
Full Name– Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Nickname(s)– MSD, MS, Mahi, Captain Cool
Profession – Cricketer (Wicket-keeper)
Born-7 July 1981 (age 38) Ranchi, Bihar(now in Jharkhand), India
Bowling– Right-arm medium
Role– Wicket-keeper batsman
Jersey no. :- 7
Zodiac sign/Sun sign– ♋ Cancer
Hometown– Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
School– DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand
College/University– St. Xaviers College, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Educational Qualifications- College Dropout
Food Habit– Non-Vegetarian
Address – Harmu Housing Colony, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Hobbies -Biking, Playing Football and Tennis, Swimming
Marital Status– Married
Affairs/Girlfriends – Priyanka Jha (died in 2002)/Sakshi Singh Rawat (Sakshi Dhoni)
Wife/Spouse– Sakshi Dhoni Children Daughter– Ziva
Father- Pan Singh (MECON employee; worked at Junior Management position)
Mother– Devki Devi
Brother– Narendra Singh Dhoni (Elder, Politician)
Sister– Jayanti Gupta (Elder)
Favorite Cricketer(s) Batsmen: Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist
Bowlers: Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee
Favorite Cricket Ground(s)- Lord’s Cricket Ground, London
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
Favorite Food(s)- Chicken Butter Masala, Chicken Tikka Pizza, Kebabs, Yellow Dal, Sonpapdi, Gulab Jamun and Rasgullas
Favorite Football Player- Cristiano Ronaldo
Favorite Tennis Player- Rafael Nadal
Favorite Actor(s)- Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham
Favorite Actresses- Angelina Jolie, Deepika Padukone
Favorite Film(s)- Agneepath, Sholay
Favorite Musician- Kishore Kumar
Favorite Colour(s)- Blue and Black
Favorite Destination(s)- Sri Lanka, Goa
Physical Stats & More:-
Height (approx.) in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.) in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.) –
Chest: 42 inches
Waist: 32 inches
Biceps: 14 inches
Eye Colour -Dark Brown
Hair Colour- Black
Open Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti SX4, Hummer H2, Toyota Corolla, Land Rover Freelander, GMC Sierra, Mitsubishi Pajero Sfx, Mitsubishi Out Lander, Porsche 911, Audi Q7 SUV, Ferrari 599, Jeep Grand Cherokee
Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate Hellcat, BSA, Suzuki Hayabusa, a Norton Vintage, Hero Karizma ZMR, Yamaha Rxz, Yamaha Thundercat, Yamaha Rx, Ducati 1098, Yamaha Rd 350, Tvs Apache, Kawasaki zx14r Ninja, Confederate Hellcat X 132, Harley Davidson Fat boy, Enfield Machismo, Customized Tvs Dirt bike
Dhoni net worth:-
Dhoni is among the highest-paid sportsperson in the world, with a net worth of approximately 105 million USD which is 760 crores rupees in Indian currency, and that too has been achieved by him in very few years. It has been observed that Dhoni has achieved a hike of 32% in his net worth over the past few years.
Estimated Net Worth- Rs.760 Crores
IPL Salary- Rs.15 Crores
T20 Match Fee- Rs.2,00,000
Personal Investments- Rs.620 Crores
Luxury Cars – 7- Rs.12.5 Crores
National side-India (2004–present)
Test debut (cap 251)-2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test-26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 158)-23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI-9 July 2019 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.-7
T20I debut (cap 2)-1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I-27 February 2019 v Australia
T20I shirt no.-7
Domestic team information:-
|1999–2004||Bihar cricket team|
|2008–2015||Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 7)|
|2016–2017||Rising Pune Supergiant|
|2018–||Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 7)|
Awards and accolades:-
2018: Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.
2009: Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
2007−08: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honor given for achievement in sports.
ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009
ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011-2014)
ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011
Other honors and awards:-
MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006
LG People’s Choice Award: 2013
Honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011
Early life and background:-
Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), and he identifies as a Hindu Rajput. His paternal village Lwali is in the Langara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, where his father Pan Singh worked in junior management positions in MECON. Dhoni has a sister Jayanti Gupta and a brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni is a fan of Adam Gilchrist, and his childhood idols were cricket teammate Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.
Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports. Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998). Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well. Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard. Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore (W), a district in West Bengal. His colleagues remember him as a very honest, straightforward employee of the Indian Railways. But he also had a mischievous side to his personality.
2007 World Cup-Preparations for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded identical 3–1 victory over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had averages in excess of 100 in both these series. India unexpectedly crashed out of the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the group stage. Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored just 29 runs in the tournament. After the loss to Bangladesh in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalized and damaged by political activists of JMM. The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World Cup in the first round.
Dhoni put his disappointing performances in the World Cup behind him by scoring 91* against Bangladesh after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase. Dhoni was declared the Man of the Match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket. He was also later adjudged the Man of the Series after the third game of the series was washed away. Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, scoring 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.00, with a blitzkrieg 139 not out off 97 balls, a Man of the Match innings, in the third ODI.
Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England seven-match ODI series. Dhoni, who received a ‘B’ grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an ‘A’ grade contract in June 2007. He was also elected as the captain of the Indian squad for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. On 2 September 2007, Dhoni equaled his idol Adam Gilchrist’s international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching five English players and stumping one.
2011 World Cup-Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2011 World Cup. In the final against Sri Lanka, chasing 275, Dhoni promoted himself up the batting order, coming before an in-form Yuvraj Singh. When he came to bat, India needed more than six runs per over with three top-order batsmen already dismissed. He started building a good partnership with Gautam Gambhir. Due to good strokeplay and active running between wickets, they kept up with the required run rate. Dhoni was on 60 off 60 balls but later accelerated with a greater frequency of boundaries, ending with 91 not out off 79 balls. Befitting the occasion, he finished the match off in style with a huge six over long-on off bowler Nuwan Kulasekara and won the Man of the Match award. Later in the post-match presentation, he admitted that he came up with the order so as to counter the Muralitharan spin threat, as he was very familiar with Murali’s bowling, who was his teammate in the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. He had come after the dismissal of Virat Kohli, also a right-handed batsman. By partnering with the left-handed Gambhir, he ensured a right-left combination at the crease that makes it difficult for bowlers to settle into a rhythm. The bat used by Dhoni in the final match was sold for ₹ 72 Lac. The money goes to Sakshi Rawat Foundation, operated by Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Rawat to help orphan children.
2015 World Cup-India’s preparation, going into the tournament, looked poor as India failed badly in the Carlton Mid Triangular Series in Australia, failing to win a single match. Dhoni himself managed just 70 runs from three innings averaging 23.34. During the 2015 World Cup, Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all group stages matches in such a tournament. India achieved wins against arch-rivals Pakistan, South Africa (whom they hadn’t beaten before in a World Cup game), the United Arab Emirates, the West Indies, Ireland, and Zimbabwe. In the match against Zimbabwe at Eden Park, he made 85 not out chasing 288 and had an unbeaten partnership of 195 with Suresh Raina. This is the highest score by an Indian captain on New Zealand soil. Beating Bangladesh in the quarter-finals, he became the third overall and the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODI matches. In an unsuccessful effort against eventual champions Australia in the semi-finals, he made 65 as India were unable to defend their title.
2019 World Cup-Dhoni was named in the 15 man squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup held in England and Wales. Dhoni scored some handy knocks in the tournament against South Africa, Australia, and West Indies, although he was criticized for his strike rate and ‘lack of intent’ in the match against Afghanistan and England. In the semi-final against New Zealand, Dhoni scored a fighting half-century in the second innings but was unfortunately run out at crucial stage thus ending India’s World Cup run
Indian Premier League-Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million. This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season auctions. Under his captaincy, Chennai Super Kings won the 2010 and 2011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles. After the suspension of CSK for two years, he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for US$1.9 million in 2016 and was named captain. However, his team finished in 7th place. In 2017, his team reached the final, where they lost to Mumbai Indians. In the 2018 IPL season, Chennai Super Kings returned to IPL, and Dhoni was again selected to lead the franchise. Dhoni scored 455 runs in the tournament and led his side to their third IPL title. In the 2019 IPL, Dhoni again captained CSK, which emerged to be one of the strongest teams in the season. Dhoni was the leading run-scorer for the team, which included 3 fifties – 75* and 58 against RR in winning causes and 84* against RCB in a losing cause, in which CSK lost by a run.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Mahendra Singh Dhoni:-
*Does Mahendra Singh Dhoni smoke?: No
*Does Mahendra Singh Dhoni drink alcohol?: Yes, occasionally
*Dhoni was born to a middle-class Rajput caste of rulers. He secured 65% in his 10th Board exams.
*In 1993, he was first spotted as a goalkeeper by KR Banerjee, the cricket coach at his school, who later asked him to try his hand in wicket-keeping. *It was PC Poddar, the former cricket captain of Bengal, who saw great potential in him during the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) match in Jamshedpur. After which, he was selected in the Bihar U19 team in the 1998/99 season, where he scored 176 runs in 5 matches.
*In 2002, when Dhoni was trying for a place in the India team, he fell in love with a girl named Priyanka Jha. But, unfortunately, Priyanka died in an accident, the same year.
*Though he played as a senior for Bihar from 1999 to 2003, his consistent performance was ignored by East Zone selectors, after which he was moved to West Bengal, where he started working as a ticket collector at Kharagpur railway station for 3 years (2001-2003).
*In 2003, Sourav Ganguly approached him to move to Kolkata, but he denied the offer and went back to Bihar, where he went to the National Cricket Academy.
*His life took a turn in 2004 when he got selected for India A tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya, where he performed exceptionally well.
*On his ODI debut against Bangladesh on 23 December 2004, he was out for a duck. *Dhoni made his 1st ODI century against arch-rival Pakistan in Vishakapatnam, where he smashed 148 runs from 123 balls.
*Earlier, he used to have long hairs for two reasons, first, he is a huge fan of John Abraham, secondly, he used to consider it lucky. *In 2006, he was voted as the MTV Youth Icon. Even after achieving such a huge success in his early career, he remained grounded and spends time with his childhood buddies. *It was Sachin Tendulkar who recommended his name for India’s skipper in 2007, after which Indian cricket team reached the heights like never before.
*He and his wife Sakshi knew each other since their childhood, but their love ignited in winters of 2007 when they met in Kolkata through Yudhajit Dutta (Dhoni’s manager and friend). It was Dhoni who asked for her number from his manager, and when he later messaged her, she didn’t believe it initially. They dated each other for 3 years and got married in a low-profile ceremony in 2010.
*In 2011, he was honored with the rank of Lt. Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army. *He was the highest taxpayer sportsperson in India for the year 2012, 2013, 2014.
*Dhoni is a good friend of the actor, John Abraham. *He is counted among the best finishers in modern cricket, and known for finishing the ODI match by hitting six, popular among them was the winning six in the 2011 ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka. *Dhoni learned his signature shot, ‘The Helicopter Shot’ from his childhood friend Santosh Lal, who passed away in July 2013.
*In 2012, he became one of the world’s top-earning sportsperson (#31 in the world) by Forbes magazine, beating popular sportspersons such as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and the World’s fastest man Usain Bolt.
*He announced his Test retirement after the Melbourne test match in December 2014 during the Australia tour, where he was just 1 test match defeat away for equaling the record of being captain of most defeated test matches abroad.
*He owns a hotel in Ranchi called ‘Mahi Residency.’ *Dhoni is a pet lover and has 2 pet dogs, a Labrador named Zarah and an Alsatian named Sam.
*He is a bike lover and is the co-owner of ‘Mahi Racing Team India‘ in Supersport World Championship. *In 2016, he launched a fashion brand ‘Seven’ with Rhiti Group.
*It was rumored that he took ₹40 crores from the makers of his biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), starring Sushant Singh Rajput.
*He loves “camouflage” clothes and accessories.
*On 2 April 2018, he received Indin’s 3rd highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan‘ from President Ram Nath Kovind. Dhoni made this prestigious moment even more special by wearing a military uniform and by marching past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.