July 7th, 1981 was the day when a superstar (Dhoni) took birth in a lower class family at Ranchi, Jharkhand which is located in the east edge of India. He was admitted to DAV school and there he played badminton and football as his favourite sports. Dhoni belongs to a classic family. Pan Singh, his father worked for MECON and his mother is a house wife. He is having an elder brother who is indulged in politics and a sister indulged in teaching profession. He used to be the goal keeper of his school football team and even played for his school football team at district and state level. He went out to try cricket after the insistence of the coach. As he was the goal keeper of his football team, so he was asked by his coach to learn wicket keeping but his main interest was in batting.
He entered into commando cricket club especially through his wicket keeping skills for a period of three years i.e. 1995-1998. He also performed excellently in Under 16 championship and selector’s started eyeing him. He then made it into the Bihar u-19 team and played superbly well which led him to Bihar RANJI trophy team for the year 1999/2000. He played his first match against the Assam team and scored an unbeaten knock of 68 runs. He scored his first hundred in the next season. He was then selected in India A team who went to Kenya to participate in a tri-series championship against Kenya and Pakistan. He played well in that tournament and scored more than 360 runs with an average of 72+ by scoring back to back tons against Pakistan. He continued to play well in these tournaments.
When Dhoni came back to India after giving stunning performances in domestic and international tournaments, he was selected in the Indian ODI team to play against Bangladesh in 2004/05. The first four matches were very disappointing as he scored less than 10 runs in every match and even got out on duck in his debut match. He was in a fear whether he will be selected in playing XI or not but to his good luck, he was allowed to play the last ODI against Bangladesh and he took that chance as his last chance to play for Team India and played exceptionally well by scoring 148 runs in 123 balls. He was given a title of match winning player in the Indian team. This innings registered a record of highest score by an Indian wicket keeper and he established his place in this side. In November 2005 he again displayed his class while chasing an almost impossible target of 299 runs. He played a match winning innings of 183 runs of 140 balls and led his team to victory. He also got man of the series award in that tournament for scoring 346 runs. The start of 2007 year was not as good but he was back in his form very soon and was made the captain of Indian T20 team. He proved all his critics wrong by winning the first ever T20 world cup held in South Africa by beating Pakistan with 5 runs in the breathtaking final. This performance forced selectors to take decision of appointing Dhoni as captain of Indian ODI team in 2007 and Test team in 2008. In 2009, he was awarded highest runs scorer of the year in ODI’s for scoring 1198 runs in 24 innings at an average of 70+. He was awarded with Rajiv Gandhi KHEL RATNA award which is the highest sports award by the government of India in 2008. In his captaincy India scored 726/9 against Sri Lanka in 2009 which was the highest test total ever. 2010 was the year, when India was declared as no 1 test team in the world under Dhoni’s captaincy. He was not satisfied with this, so he moved on his cart and bagged 2011 world cup. He played an outstanding knock of 91 runs as a match winning innings against Sri Lanka in a tough final and led his team to lift the world cup after 28 years and he is the second Indian captain after KAPIL DEV. In 2011 He was declared as the only captain to win both the two ICC trophies. In 2013, he flew with his team to England for ICC champion’s trophy 2013. His Amazing captaincy again proved all his critics wrong and he became the only captain in this world to have all the three ICC trophies in his pocket.
In 2013 he was declared as one of the most marketable player of this world for doing advertisement for 15 different products and he was also declared as 16th highest paid sportsman in this world. In 2014-15, He took his retirement from test cricket and on 4th January 2017, He left the captaincy of India’s limited over cricket. He again proved his class by taking this decision in order to provide younger players like VIRAT KOHLI a chance to lead Team India to a high level.
Dhoni is the most successful Indian captain as he has 27 test victories, 107 ODI victories and 40 T20 victories out of 60 test matches, 194 ODI matches and 70 T20 matches respectively as a captain. Though he is available as wicket keeper batsman for India but he will always be remembered as the most successful Indian captain in the history of sports.
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