It is the 39th birthday of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team. Famous as Mahi and 'Captain Cool', Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi. Dhoni is the first international cricketer from Jharkhand. Dhoni has been fit in every role for more than a decade as wicketkeeper, batsman, captain. MS Dhoni has made an impression in the cricket world, which will remain intact for years to come. Let's know about 10 cool things related to Dhoni:
1. Career journey started from 2004
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's career journey began on 23 December 2004 on the land of Bangladesh. Dhoni's career started badly. He scored 0 runs in his first international innings. He played at number 7 in the first match against Bangladesh and he was run out on the very first ball. Dhoni started his Test cricket career on 2 December 2005 against Sri Lanka. He scored 11 runs in the first innings of this match. At the same time, Dhoni played his first T20 International match against South Africa on 1 December 2006 in Johannesburg. In this match, Dhoni returned to the pavilion without opening an account. When Dhoni was out on zero in his debut match in 2004, no one thought that this player would make such a name one day, but in the 5th match after his debut, Dhoni played the entire world by playing 148 innings against Pakistan. Had given the news of
2. Helicopter shot Dhoni's special trademark
Mahendra Singh Dhoni began to see his vision of modern cricket. He gave opportunity to the youth from new and small cities and provided them a platform to prove themselves. He preferred fielding and fitness in the Indian cricket team. Dhoni created a distinct identity in the world of his trademark 'helicopter shot'. His shot is famous all over the world.
3. The first T20 World Cup won in 2007
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, took charge of the Indian cricket team in 2007. Dhoni added a new energy to Indian cricket. Under his captaincy, India won several major tournaments and it started with the T20 World Cup. After defeating Pakistan in the final in 2007, Dhoni made the first T20 World Cup in India's bag. After this, Dhoni's rank increased steadily and also got the captaincy of ODIs and Tests. Team India achieved the reigns in the first Test and then in ODIs.
4. 2011 World Cup win made India World Champion after 28 years
After winning the first World Cup in 1983, Team India made Dhoni once again a world winner after 28 years. Under Dhoni's captaincy, the victory started by defeating Bangladesh on the soil of Bangladesh. After this, the Indian team reached the quarter-finals by defeating Ireland, Netherlands, West Indies. Where India faced Australia and Team India defeated the Kangaroos by 5 wickets. After this, they defeated their arch-rivals Pakistan by 29 runs in the semi-finals and entered the final. They defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in the final and India won the second World Cup under the captaincy of Dhoni after 28 years.
5. Incident after winning the World Cup
Indian team had become the best team in the world after 2011 and Dhoni started ruling the hearts of crores of Indians. He fulfilled the dream not only of Sachin Tendulkar but of every cricket lover. Dhoni had vowed that he would shave his head after winning the World Cup, which was also seen on the second day of winning the World Cup. Earlier, Dhoni had cut his long hair short even after winning the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa.
6. Dhoni's first love has been football
Dhoni's first love has been football. He was the goalkeeper in his school team. Dhoni has played football at club and state level during his school days. The love of football is obvious and he has told many times about it. Along with cricket, Dhoni also loves sports like football, badminton, tennis, snooker, motor racing.
7. Sudden retirement from Test team
On 30 December 2014, Dhoni retired from Test team suddenly. Dhoni played 90 Test matches for India. Under his captaincy, the Indian team became the world's number one team in Tests. After which Virat Kohli became the captain of the Test team. Team India was on a tour of Australia at that time. The third Test match of the four-match Test series between the two teams was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The match ended on a draw and after this Test, Dhoni had announced his retirement from Test cricket to everyone's surprise.
8. Constant Wins
After winning the T20 and World Cup in the 2013 Champions Trophy, Dhoni was now eyeing the 'Champions Trophy' called the Mini World Cup. In 2013, Dhoni won the final against England and also put it in India's bag. The final match of the Champions Trophy 2013 was played between India and England in Birmingham and was reduced to 20 overs due to rain. The match reached the extent of adventure, India won on the strength of Dhoni's captaincy.
9. Era of Captain Cool
Dhoni left the captaincy of the one-day team . In this way, the Golden Era of 'Captain Cool' was also over. He captained a total of 199 ODIs and 72 T20 matches. After Ricky Ponting and Steffin Fleming, Dhoni is the only player to captain his country for the most ODI matches. Dhoni surprised everyone by leaving the captaincy just 11 days before the start of the ODI series against England.
10. Ground-breaking Records
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the first and only captain to win all three ICC trophies , has many records, but there is a record that is impossible for anyone to break. It is impossible for any captain to break this record now, because the ICC has ended the tournament after the 2017 Champions Trophy. No other captain will win all three titles of the World T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy. Dhoni is the only captain in the world, under whose captaincy the team has won all three ICC Trophies. India has won the titles of 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy under the captaincy of Dhoni.