Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography: Birth, Age, Family, Education, Cricket Career, Stats, Awards and Honours

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an international cricket player of India who has now retired from cricket, but what he did while being the captain for India, no captain could do for India till date. Today we will talk about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Biography. In which we will know about Dhoni’s early life, personal life, education, career and family.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain in the world who has won all the ICC trophies. For India, he won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champion Trophy in 2013. Under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Team India won the Asia Cup title twice. He played for India for 15 years during which he contributed with his batting and wicket-keeping in very important matches for India, including his unbeaten 91* against Sri Lanka in the 2011 final. Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography is very interesting with more intense, happiness, controversies, game spirit and moreover motivational story for us.Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography:

Birth July 7, 1981 (Ranchi, Bihar)
Age 40 years
Full Name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Father Pan Singh
Mother Devki Devi
Nickname Mahi
Earned Name Captain Cool, MS, MSD
Nationality Indian
Education  DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi
Height 5’ 9”
Profession Cricketer(Wicketkeeper-batsman)
Batting style Right-handed batter
Bowling style Right-arm medium bowler
Wife Sakshi Dhoni
Daughter Ziva Dhoni
Siblings Jayanti Gupta (Elder-sister)

Narendra Singh Dhoni (Elder-Brother)

Movie M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016 movie)

Roar of the Lion (2019 web series)

Atharva: The Origin (upcoming web series)


Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography: Birth, Age, Family and Education:

MS Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981, in Ranchi, Bihar to Pan Singh and Devki Devi. His paternal village is in the Lamgara block in Almora, Uttarakhand. His father, Pan Singh, moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi and worked in junior management positions in MECON.MSD  has a sister and a brother– Jayanti Gupta (Elder-sister) and Narendra Singh Dhoni (Elder-Brother, Politician).

Dhoni did his schooling at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Ranchi, Jharkhand and excelled in multiple sports such as badminton, football and cricket. He played as a goalkeeper for his football team. Once Dhoni’s football coach sent him to take the position of wicketkeeper, he impressed everyone with his wicketkeeping skills and thereafter Dhoni secured a permanent spot as a wicketkeeper at Commando Cricket Club Team for three years during 1995-98. MS Dhoni also worked as a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur Railway Station which is under South-Eastern Railway in Midnapur District in West Bengal during 2001-2003.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography: Cricket Career

He was in the school football team as a goalkeeper. Once Dhoni’s football coach sent him to take the position of wicketkeeper, he impressed everyone with his wicket-keeping skills and thereafter Dhoni secured a permanent spot as a wicket-keeper at Commando Cricket Club Team for three years during 1995-98.

MS Dhoni keep doing his wicket-keeping job well and was finally selected for Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under16 Championship during 1997-98.

In the year 1998, MS Dhoni was selected for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. Till 1998, he played for the school cricket team and club cricket. Whenever Dhoni hit a six in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches, he was gifted Rs 50 by Deval Sahay, who selected him for CCL. Deval Sahay was impressed by Dhoni’s performance and pushed for his selection in the Bihar Team. In 1999-2000, when he was 18 he got selected in the Senior Bihar Ranji Team.

Later, he was selected for the East Zone Under-19 squad for the CK Naydu trophy. Dhoni finished last in the tournament as East Zone lost all the matches. During 2002-2003 Dhoni got recognition for his lower-order contribution as well as his hard-hitting batting style while he was playing in the Jharkhand team for the Ranji Trophy and Deodar Trophy. In the Duleep Trophy Finals, Dhoni was picked over International Cricket Deep Dasgupta to represent the East Zone.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni International Career

After displaying awesome cricketing skills in the Kenya tour, he was selected for the India team’s Bangladesh tour in 2004. It was a big achievement for this middle-class boy from Ranchi. But life had planned more hurdles for him. The MS Dhoni debut at ODI began with a duck, followed by low scores. However, the then-captain, Ganguly did not lose faith in his teammate. He insisted on keeping Dhoni on Team India. It was in his 5th ODI that Dhoni gave a record performance of 148 runs at Vishakhapatnam against Pakistan. From then on, he showered Team India with runs.

On 20 April 2006, Dhoni was ranked as the number one batsman in the ICC ODI rankings sidelining Ricky Pointing. India crashed out of the 2007 Cricket World Cup and Dhoni was out for a Duck in the matches against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Due to Dhoni’s poor performance in the 2007 World Cup, his house was vandalised by activists of JMM. After India exited from the World Cup in the first round, Dhoni’s family was provided police protection.

Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa and England. In June 2007, Dhoni received an A Grade contract from the BCCI. In September 2007, for the World Twenty20 matches, Dhoni was elected as the captain of the Indian team. In September 2007, Dhoni shared a record with his idol Adam Gilchrist– most dismissals in an innings in an ODI.

The biggest breakthrough of his career was the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup. India did not have any victory in the World after the iconic 1983 World Cup, under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. The 2007 T20 World Cup was the aggressive captaincy debut of Dhoni. The 2007 T20 World Cup was a breath-stopping game between India and Pakistan. Dhoni’s young team India was not only playing a stressful game against Pakistan but they also had the pressure to bring the World Cup back home. And they did not disappoint the nation. They won an incredible victory.

In the first season of IPL, Dhoni was contracted by Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million and became the most expensive player in the first season auction.

In 2009, during the series between India and Australia, Captain Cool scored 124 runs off 107 balls in the second ODI and 71 runs off 95 balls in the third ODI. On 30th September 2009, Dhoni took his first wicket in International cricket against West Indies in the Championship Trophy 2009.MSD topped the batsman ranking.

In 2011, Dhoni led India to the finals with a victory over Australia in the quarter-finals., Dhoni got the Man of the Match for his outstanding position in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and led India to the finals. Dhoni finished the match with a historical six with a score of 91*.

In 2013, India won the ICC Champions Trophy and Dhoni became the first and the only captain in the history of cricket to claim all the ICC trophies. In the same year, he became the second Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar to score 1,000 or more ODI runs against Australia.

During the 2015 World Cup, Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all the group-stage matches in such a tournament. In the 2014-15 season, Dhoni played his last test series against Australia and captained the second and third test matches. Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test format, following the 3rd  test in Melbourne. After him, Virat Kohli took the responsibility to lead the India Test Team.

In January 2017, Dhoni stepped down as the captain of the Indian team in all the limited-overs formats.

Four years ago, on July 10, 2019, MS Dhoni made his last international appearance for the Indian men’s cricket team in the 2019 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand. After that, Dhoni Couldn’t play for India, and he retired to the International Cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Debut and Last Matches

Format Debut Last
ODI 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh 9 July 2019 v New Zealand
Test 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka 26 December 2014 v Australia
T20I 1 December 2006 v South Africa 27 February 2019 v Australia


Mahendra Singh Dhoni Stats

Batting Summary


Matches Innings Runs Highest Score 100s 50s
Test 90 144 4876 224 6 33
ODI 350 297 10773 183* 10 73
T20 98 85 1617 56 0 2
IPL 250 218 5082 84* 0



Wicketkeeper Summary

Format Catches Run outs Stumpings
Test 256 3 38
ODI 321 22 123
T20 57 8 34
IPL 142 23 42


Bowling Summary

Format Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets
Test 90 7 96 67 0
ODI 350 2 36 31 1
T20I 98
IPL 250


Mahendra Singh Dhoni Wife and Daughter

Mahendra Singh Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his school friend from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, on July 4, 2010. At the time of their marriage, Sakshi was studying a hotel management course at Taj Bengal in Kolkata as a trainee.

On February 6, 2015, the couple gave birth to a baby girl named Ziva. At this time, he was in Australia and the 2015 Cricket World Cup was a week later. He didn’t travel back and quoted ‘I am on national duty, other things can wait’.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Biography: Awards and Honours

National Awards

  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007)
  • Padma Shri (2009)
  • Padma Bhushan (2018)

Sports honours

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009.
  • The 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 honours and awards 

  • MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006.
  • LG People’s Choice Award: 2013.
  • Honorary doctorate degree from De Montfort University in August 2011.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Records

  1. ICC World Twenty20 2007: Captain Dhoni guided India to their first ICC World Twenty20 title
  2. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011: Dhoni led India to victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup, scoring the winning runs in the final.
  3. ICC Champions Trophy 2013: Dhoni captained the Indian team to victory in the ICC Champions Trophy.
  4. ODI Record: He holds the record for the most wins as captain in ODIs for India.
  5. T20I Record: Dhoni is the first Indian captain to win 10 T20I matches in a row.
  6. Most Sixes as Captain: He hit the most sixes as captain in international cricket.
  7. Stumpings Record: Dhoni holds the record for the most stumpings in international cricket.
  8. Test Cricket Milestone: He is the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to cross 4,000 runs in Test cricket.
  9. Consecutive Wins in ODIs: Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India achieved a record 9 consecutive ODI wins.
  10. IPL Success: Dhoni is the captain with the most IPL titles, leading the Chennai Super Kings to multiple championships.
  11. Most IPL Matches as Captain: He has captained the Chennai Super Kings in the most IPL matches.
  12. Highest Score by a Wicketkeeper: Dhoni’s unbeaten 183 against Sri Lanka is the highest score by a wicketkeeper-batsman in ODIs.
  13. Longest Innings as Captain: He captained India in ODIs for 199 matches, the longest by any captain in the format.
  14. Most Centuries by a Wicketkeeper: Dhoni holds the record for the most international centuries by a wicketkeeper-batsman.
  15. Most Catches in T20 World Cup: He has taken the most catches as a wicketkeeper in ICC T20 World Cup history.
  16. ODI Batting Milestones: Dhoni is known for numerous records as an ODI batsman, including the most not-outs in successful ODI run-chases.
  17. Captain Cool: His calm and composed demeanour earned him the nickname “Captain Cool.”
  18. Padma Awards: He has received both the Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards for his contributions to cricket.
  19. Record Partnership: Dhoni was part of a world-record partnership in ODIs with Yuvraj Singh, scoring 256 runs against England.
  20. Most Runs as Captain in IPL: Dhoni holds the record for the most runs as captain in IPL history.
  21. CSK’s Success: He led CSK to the playoffs in every IPL season they participated in under his captaincy.
  22. MS Dhoni Foundation: Outside of cricket, Dhoni’s philanthropic efforts through the MS Dhoni Foundation have made a significant impact on education and healthcare in rural India.
  23. Gloves Ambassador: Dhoni’s iconic wicketkeeping gloves were auctioned to raise funds for charity.
  24. Forbes’ Highest-Paid Athletes: He consistently featured in Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid athletes.
  25. Cricketer of the Year: Dhoni was named the ICC Cricketer of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
  26. Honorary Lieutenant Colonel: He holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
  27. Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: Dhoni received India’s highest sporting honour, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award.
  28. Global Icon: Dhoni’s popularity transcends borders, making him a global icon in the world of cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Cars and Bikes Collection

Cars Collection

MS Dhoni has a collection of cars including Mahindra Scorpio, Mitsubishi Pajero Sfx,  Land Rover Freelander, Maruti SX4, Hummer H2, Toyota Corolla, GMC Sierra, Mitsubishi Out Lander, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ferrari 599, Porsche 911, Audi Q7 SUV.

Bikes Collection

MS Dhoni who is a great admirer of bikes has an outstanding bike collection. Which includes Kawasaki Ninja H2, Customized Tvs Dirt bike, Yamaha Rxz,  Confederate Hellcat, BSA, Suzuki Hayabusa, a Norton Vintage, Yamaha Rx, Ducati 1098,  Hero Karizma ZMR, Yamaha Thundercat, Yamaha Rd 350, Tvs Apache, Kawasaki zx14r Ninja, Confederate Hellcat X 132, Harley Davidson Fat boy, Enfield Machismo.

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