Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a household name within the cricket fraternity. The mention of his name should bring memories to hard-core fans of the night of 2nd April 2011 when it all began, at least for Dhoni it did. This was the night MS Dhoni enchanted everyone watching the World Cup final when this Indian Captain took it home with a brilliant final strike. Mahi has since become the darling of his nation owing not only to his high scores but his calmness and level-headedness.
One of the reasons why Dhoni has captured so many hearts is his background. This makes it worth looking into, doesn’t it?
Basic Information About the Player
Full Name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Age: 40 years old (7th July 1981)
Bat Style: Right-Handed
Teams: Chennai Super Kings, Asia XI, India, Indians, Jharkhand, Rising Pune Supergiant, India A
Bowl Style: Right-arm medium
Hailing from Jharkhand, Mahi, as he is fondly called, started from a humble foundation. As a teenager, he made waves, even if little ones, when he competed against the best bowlers in the district. Having not been part of the wealthier states, the system didn’t favor him, and he failed to make the cut. The stars did finally align for Dhoni, and during a nationwide search for talent, he stood out among the rest. Soon, he was a national sensation and was chosen to be part of the tour of Bangladesh in 2004.
Leagues and Ranks
Mahi’s debut in the ODI in 2004 started his international career off, and just a year later, he played his first test match. He started his captaincy pretty early on when he led his team in limited-overs as early as 2007 and also captained in Test cricket from 2008. He was Captain of the Indian team for 10 years, his tenure ending in 2016.
His calm style of leadership earned him the nickname Captain cool because even in high-pressure situations, he surprisingly remained calm. His most iconic move was when he finished off the World Cup finals with a magnificent strike that won India the trophy.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World T20. He also led India to victory and took two Asia Cups, 2010 and 2016. As if that wasn’t enough, through his leadership, India took home the World Cup in 2011 after 28 years. The 2013 ICC Champions trophy was the cherry on top.
All this star power doesn’t come without a price. Dhoni has had a number of injuries in his cricket career. He had a finger injury that he tried to hide so much so that he avoided getting it scanned lest he missed out on training.
He also complained about back stiffness and spasms and said he wouldn’t hesitate to take time off to get himself ready for the World Cup.
Last Matches Played
To get a feel of how Mahendra Dhoni is currently doing, here are some of the most recent matches he played:
1. He played his last Test series on 26th December 2014 against Australia and pulled out a draw.
2. His last ODI was against New Zealand on 9th July 2019, which he lost by 18 runs.
3. On 27th February 2019, Dhoni played his last T20I series and lost to Australia by 7 wickets.