- Mahi retired from International Cricket.
- ICC shared a video on YouTube dedicated to MS.
“Dhoniiiii finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lift the World Cup after 28 years. The party’s started in the dressing room. And it’s an Indian captain, who’s been absolutely magnificent, in the night of the final.”
Ravi Shastri’s most dramatic voice still enough to feel those emotions, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni enchanted the Wankhede on the night of 2nd April 2011.
MS Dhoni, former Captain of Indian cricket team announces retirement from cricket on 15th august 2020. Dhoni also has nicknames like- Mahi, Captain Cool, Thala.
After Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is probably the most popular cricketer from India. A wicket-keeper batsman who taught the whole world that how to finish a game of cricket. Dhoni is the most successful Captain and wicket-keeper for India.
Dhoni has a special place in the hearts of cricket fans, that’s why ICC shared a video on YouTube dedicated to MS on his retirement “ A Tribute to MS Dhoni.”
MS Dhoni was considered as the most dangerous middle-order batsman, as he won matches single-handedly for his team many times. He is the most successful batsman in the run chase, that’s why he knows as the best match finisher in the cricket world.
Dhoni is the only captain in the world who won all ICC Events in every format, even in test format team, India ranked 1 for a long time under his captaincy.
Mahi was born in a middle-class family at Ranchi, Jharkhand. Initially, he played as a goalkeeper in the football team but his P.E. teacher selected him as a wicketkeeper in the school cricket team. Dhoni created news in the cricketing circles of Ranchi as he easily clearing boundaries against some of the best fast bowlers of the district.
However, he found it difficult to make impact against candidates of the more rich and powerful states. Consequently, he joined the Railways cricket team and started to work as a ticket collector at the Kharagpur railway station.
After some time, BCCI started a Training Research Development Wing in the whole country to find talent from the financially backward states. Dhoni immediately impresses the selectors and find a spot India-A team for the tour to Kenya, where he shows his batting talent against the world-class bowlers in alien conditions. He immediately selected to the national side for the tour of Bangladesh in November 2004.
International Career –
The Indian ODI team was looking for a wicket-keeper/batsmen in the early 2000s. Dhoni was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004. Dhoni scored a duck in his first ODI and had an average series. However, the selectors and the then-captain Sourav Ganguly decided to pick him for the Pakistan ODI series.
In the second match of the series against Pakistan, Dhoni scored 148 in 123 deliveries in his fifth one-day international match.
Mahi was promoted to No. 3 against Sri Lanka in the bilateral ODI series (October–November 2005) to accelerate the score. He scored a brutal 183* in Jaipur in a 300-run chase. That was the highest individual score by a wicket-keeper and the highest individual score in the second innings in ODI cricket, a record only was broken after seven years by Shane Watson. That inning was described as ‘Uninhibited, yet anything but crude’ by Wisden Almanack (2006).
Due to his consistent ODI performances, Dhoni ranked number one in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen in 2006 becoming the fastest batsman to do so, in just 42 innings.
Dhoni established himself as a reliable batsman in Tests too, with an unorthodox technique. In his 5th Test, he scored 148 runs against Pakistan to save the match. MS become a mainstay in the Team India – a reliable batsman and powerful hitter towards the end of the innings, and a more-than-reliable wicketkeeper in the team.
Dhoni was recommended by senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid for captaincy. He was elected the captain of the Indian squad for the World T-20 in September 2007.
MS and his young team-mates won the World T-20 title, bringing the T-20 revolution in India. Dhoni’s calm and composed leadership was lauded by the cricketing fraternity, earning him the label of ‘Captain Cool’. He was soon handed the ODI and Test leadership too after World T-20 win.
Dhoni had a golden run as captain, leading team to the top-ranked Test team in the world. Test win outside the subcontinent, and most importantly 2011 ODI World Cup win.
In The ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, India was the “favorites”. Dhoni-led India faced the Sri-Lankan team in the finals of the world cup. while Chasing a target of 275, Mahi rescued his team along-with Gautam Gambhir, and Yuvraj Singh to help India lift their second World Cup title since 1983. He scored 91 not out, finishing the game with a historical six and claiming the Man of the Match award. Gambhir scored 97 runs in the final. Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Tournament award, while Zaheer khan was the leading wicket-taker bowler for India.
Captain Cool became the best finisher of the world. He batted at lower middle order and ensure victory for team India many times. He has average of 102 in successful run chases.
After the 2011 World Cup
After the 2011 World cup win team India saw a re-building period as some senior players announce retirement from international cricket. India lost consecutive test series against England and Australia.
However in ODIs Dhoni had a fine run as captain, He leading India to their second ICC Champions Trophy win, became the first and the only captain in international cricket to claim all ICC trophies.
He led Team India to the final of the 2014 World T20, and the semi-final of the World T20 in 2016. Thala also is the captain of Chennai Super Kings since the beginning, one of the most successful teams in the history of the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni stepped down from the test captaincy in 2014 and announces retirement from test cricket.
However, Dhoni successfully led India to the 2015 World Cup semi-final. In January 2017 Dhoni stepped down as the captain of the Indian ODI and T20I team and decided to play as a pure batsman. Dhoni completed 10,000 ODI runs in 2018 against England.
After the semifinal heartbreak of the 2019 World Cup, Mahi did not play an international game for Team India. On August 15, 2020, on the day of India’s 74th independence, MS announcing his international retirement through an Instagram video post that read. “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
The journey that started with a run-out and ended with a run-out.
Some famous comments about Dhoni
Gary Kirsten – I WOULD GO TO WAR WITH DHONI BY MY SIDE.
Steve Waugh – IF I’M SUPPOSED TO SELECT A TEAM, SACHIN WILL BE THE OPENER AND DHONI WOULD BE MY CAPTAIN.
Shoaib Akhtar – “INDIA IS BLESSED TO HAVE SOMEONE AS LEVEL HEADED AS DHONI AT THE HELM.”
Adam Gilchrist – I WILL PAY TO WATCH MS DHONI. HE’S NOT THE NEXT GILCHRIST, HE IS THE FIRST MS DHONI.
Sunil Gavaskar – WHEN I DIE, THE LAST THING I WANT TO SEE IS THE SIX THAT DHONI HIT IN THE WC FINAL.
Sachin Tendulkar – DHONI IS THE BEST CAPTAIN I HAVE EVER PLAYED UNDER.
Ian Bishop – IF 15 RUNS ARE NEEDED IN THE LAST OVER, PRESSURE IS ON THE BOWLER, NOT ON DHONI.
Ramiz Raja – “NEED A 6 IN PRESSURE SITUATION? CALL MS DHONI”
SRK – I AM READY TO SELL MY PAJAMA TO BUY DHONI .
SIR RAJAMOULI – I AM READY TO PAY $10MILLION TO MEET MS DHONI.