BCCI Retires Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Iconic Jersey No 7

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) retired Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Iconic Jersey No. 7 to honor his contribution to Indian Cricket. Dhoni became the second player to have the jersey retired by the BCCI. Before this, Sachin Tendulkar is the only player whose jersey has been retired by BCCI in 2107. His jersey number is 10. Dhoni’s contribution to the sport, BCCI has decided to retire his jersey. The number 7 jersey will not be available for any player to use. This decision was taken 3 years after Dhoni retired from international cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Contribution to Indian Cricket

MS Dhoni led India to many memorable victories in all formats of the game, including the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He also holds many records and accolades, such as the most international matches as captain, the most stumpings in international cricket, and the Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most celebrated and influential cricketers in the history of Indian cricket. He is widely regarded as one of the best wicketkeeper-batsmen and captains of all time. He has played in all three formats of the game – ODI, T20, and Test – and has achieved remarkable success and records in each of them. He has led India to many glorious victories and trophies and has also been a prolific run-scorer and a record-breaking wicketkeeper. He is a true legend of Indian cricket and a role model for millions of fans and aspiring cricketers.

ODI Career

Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his ODI debut in 2004 against Bangladesh, but he did not have a great start. He scored only 19 runs in his first four matches and was dismissed for a duck in his first two. However, he soon proved his worth with a blistering 148 against Pakistan in his fifth match, which was then the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper.

He followed it up with a stunning 183 not out against Sri Lanka, which is still the highest score by a wicketkeeper in ODIs. He established himself as a hard-hitting and reliable finisher in the middle order and also improved his wicketkeeping skills.

He was also a part of the Indian team that won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, where he captained the side in the absence of regular skipper Rahul Dravid.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed as the full-time captain of the Indian ODI team in 2007, and he led India to many historic achievements, such as the number-one ranking in ODI cricket in 2009, the ODI World Cup title in 2011, and the Champions Trophy title in 2013.

He also guided India to series wins in Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa. He was known for his calm and composed demeanor, his innovative and unconventional tactics, and his ability to handle pressure and inspire his teammates.

He was also a prolific run-scorer and a record-breaking wicketkeeper, with over 10,000 runs and 400 dismissals in ODIs. He holds many records and accolades, such as the most international matches as captain, the most stumpings in international cricket, the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2007, the Padma Shri in 2009, and the Padma Bhushan in 2018.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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T20 Career

MS Dhoni made his T20 debut in 2006 against South Africa, and he scored 45 runs off 33 balls in a losing cause. He was soon appointed as the captain of the Indian T20 team, and he led India to the title in the first-ever T20 World Cup in 2007, beating Pakistan in a thrilling final.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni also captained India to the final of the 2014 T20 World Cup, where they lost to Sri Lanka. He was a consistent performer and a leader in the shortest format of the game, and he also excelled in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he captained the Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful and popular franchises.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won three IPL titles and two Champions League T20 titles with them. He has scored over 1600 runs and has made over 90 dismissals in T20 internationals, and he holds the record for the most matches as captain and the most stumpings in T20 internationals.

Test Career

MS Dhoni made his Test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka, and he scored 30 runs in his first innings. He soon became a regular member of the Indian Test team, and he scored his first Test century against Pakistan in 2006. He was a solid and aggressive batsman in the lower middle order, and he also kept wickets with agility and skill.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed as the captain of the Indian Test team in 2008, after Anil Kumble’s retirement. He led India to the number-one ranking in Test cricket in 2009, and also to series wins in New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka.

He also scored his highest Test score of 224 against Australia in 2013, which is the highest score by an Indian captain and the third-highest by a wicketkeeper in Tests. He retired from Test cricket in 2014, after leading India in 60 matches, the most by any Indian captain.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored over 4800 runs and made over 290 dismissals in Tests, and he holds the record for the most matches as captain and the most stumpings in Test cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is widely regarded as a legend of Indian cricket and one of the greatest players of all time. He has received many honors and awards, such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2007, the Padma Shri in 2009, and the Padma Bhushan in 2018.

He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army and has been conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Army. He is an inspiration to millions of fans and aspiring cricketers, who admire his skills, achievements, and personality. He is a true icon of Indian cricket and a pride of the nation.

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