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M S Dhoni
Dhoni at a promotional event in January 2013
Personal information
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born 7 July 1981 (1981-07-07) (age 40)
Ranchi, Bihar, India
Nickname Mahi, MS, MSD, Mass Strong Destruction
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-hand medium
Role Wicket-keeper, India captain
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 251) 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26-30 December 2013 v South Africa
ODI debut (cap 158) 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 13 December 2013 v South Africa
T20I debut (cap 2) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 28 December 2012 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00–2004/05 Bihar
2004/05- Jharkhand
2016 [Rising Pune Supergiants]]
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC T20Is
Matches 80 238 119 43
Runs scored 4,303 7,774 6,413 772
Batting average 39.39 52.88 37.72 32.16
100s/50s 6/28 9/49 9/42 0/0
Top score 224 183* 224 48*
Balls bowled 78 36 108
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 31.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 212/36 215/76 320/55 22/8

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), commonly known as M. S. Dhoni, is a cricket player and the captain of the current Indian cricket team. Dhoni is a right-handed batsman. He is known as the greatest captain of all time, having achieved more success than any other captain in the history of cricket.

The Indian cricket team won the 2011 Cricket World Cup under his captainship. His Test cricket and One Day International records are the best among all Indian captains to date. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first ever inter-country ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Dhoni also holds the post of Vice-President of India Cements Ltd. after resigning from Air India. India Cements is the owner of the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings, and Dhoni has been its captain since the first edition of IPL.

Dhoni has also been given many awards, such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India's fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2009.

On 6 February 2015, Dhoni's daughter was born.

Playing style

M.S Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and also plays the role of a wicket-keeper. He mostly plays shots in the back foot, that is, he plays shots shifting his body weight on the right leg. He has his own famous cricket shot, called the "Helicopter", that can pick balls and send them in the galleries for six runs.

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