Personal information
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born 7 July 1981 (age 37)
RanchiBihar (now Jharkhand), India
Nickname Mahi, MSD, Captain Cool, Thala
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Batting Right-handed
Bowling Right-arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper batsman
                                             International information
National side ·         India (2004-present)
Test debut (cap 251) 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 158) 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 1 November 2018 v West Indies
ODI shirt no. 7
T20I debut (cap 2) 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 8 July 2018 v England
T20I shirt no. 7
                                            Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00–2003/04 Bihar
2004/05–present Jharkhand
2008–2015; 2018-present Chennai Super Kings(squad no. 7)
2016–2017 Rising Pune Supergiant(squad no. 7)
2018 Chennai Super Kings
                                                  Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20Is FC
Matches 90 332 93 131
Runs scored 4,876 10,173 1,487 7,038
Batting average 38.09 50.11 37.17 36.84
100s/50s 6/33 10/67 0/2 9/47
Top score 224 183* 56 224
Balls bowled 96 36 126
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 31.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 256/38 307/113 54/33 364/57
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 1 November 2018

 …Taken from Wikipedia. 


Let me start with a poem on MS Dhoni which speaks a lot about him.  The content of the poem is mostly the content of praises showered to him by cricketers, cricket fans and many others.  Let’s enjoy the poem…



Dear captain Dhoni…
You are an icon, you are a legend
It’s rare to find a player like you
You sparkle as a batsman, keeper, captain and finisher
Wow! All are in praise for a cool and smart captain like you.

Dear captain Dhoni…
You don’t show fear
You only inspire
On and off the field, you are smart, intelligent and tactful
Fame and failure can never spoil you.

Dear captain Dhoni…
You are a warrior, a great leader
You are a savior
You are a cool strategist
Also a great executionist

Dear captain Dhoni…
Hats off to you and your team
You are the world beater
Dhoni is Dhoni a fearless hero
Everybody will remember you today and tomorrow.

                                                                            …Ratikanta Singh



  1. Dhoni is the best Captain I have played under. …SACHIN TENDULKAR.
  1. Strike rate of 90+, Average of 50+…Stats show that MS Dhoni is the best finisher of this world. …MICHAEL CLARKE.
  1. The best compliment for me is when someone says they’ll pay to watch me play. And I can say that I’ll pay to watch MS Dhoni bat. MS is not the next Gilchrist.  He’s the first MS Dhoni. …ADAM GILCHRIST.
  1. When you compare the icons of the game, you have Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Dhone in the same bracket. …RAVI SHASTRI.
  1. He has done a pretty good job for the team. Leading a team to such a triumph just after taking over as a captain is a great achievement. …RICKY PONTING.
  1. Dhoni is one of the finest leaders in the game in the last 30 years and is at par with the likes of Imran Khan, Mark Taylar and Arjuna Ranatunga. …IAN CHAPPEL.
  1. Dhoni has the respect of all other playing nations. I’ve found him to be a really strong leader. …GLEN McGRATH.
  1. Dhoni is my hero. We talk a lot about Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, but this boy has as much as talent as anyone in the game. …KAPIL DEV.
  1. He is a great leader by example. Someone whom I have always admired for his ability to remain balanced and have the sense of equanimity about his captaincy. …RAHUL DRAVID.
  1. I don’t think one can question MS leadership. …VIRAT KOHLI.
  1. I am really gifted to play under the leadership of MSD. …MICHAEL HUSSEY.
  1. If 15 runs are needed of the last over, pressure is on the bowler…Not on MS Dhoni….IAN BISHOP.
  2. If you want to learn batting, bat with MS Dhoni. …RAVINDRA JADEJA.
  1. I would go to war with Dhoni by my side. …GARY KRISTEN.
  1. When I die, the last thing I want to see is the six that Dhoni hit in the 2011 World Cup Final. …SUNIL GAVASKAR.
  1. Dhoni is the greatest captain of our country. His record is proof of that. …SOURAV GANGULY.
  1. Dhoni has evolved as a leader, not just as a cricketer. In my opinion, if you see his records, he is definitely the best captain India ever had. …WASIM AKRAM.
  1. I don’t know why people say he has not left a legacy. He is the most successful Indian captain ever. That in itself is a legacy. …VIRAT KOHLI.
  1. If I am supposed to select a team, Sachin will be the opener and Dhoni will be the captain. …STEVE WAGH.
  1. As far is One Day Cricket is concerned, Dhoni is one of the greatest captains of all times. …SOURAV GANGULY.
  1. Need a six in pressure situation? Call MS Dhoni. …RAMIZ RAZA.
  1. You just can’t bowl spin to MS Dhoni in the death over. He is simply the best in the world. …ALASTAIR COOK.
  1. If Dhoni plays till the end, one thing is for sure… he will make his team win. …HARSHA BHOGLE.
  1. I pray that a tennis player should emerge from Ranchi as MS Dhoni emerged for cricket. …SANIA MIRZA.
  1. The coolest man in world cricket, MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters. …MICHAEL VAUGHAN.
  1. I am learning the ropes of captaincy from MS Dhoni. …DWAYNE BRAVO.
  1. I would love to have MS Dhoni in KKR. …SHAHRUKH KHAN.
  1. I hate it when Dhoni plays for CSK. I want him to play for RR. …RAJ KUNDRA.
  1. Unfortunately for us, Dhoni is in CSK. I would love to see him play for my IPL team. …PREITY ZINTA.
  1. We tried our best to buy Dhoni during IPL 1 but unfortunately failed to do so. …VIJAY MALLYA.
  1. For Dhoni we are even ready to spend our full amount. …RUSSEL RADHAKRISHNAN.
  1. When Dhoni is at the other end, you don’t need to worry as his partner. He takes the entire responsibility of finishing the game on his shoulders. …MIKE HUSSEY.
  1. MS Dhoni is the best finisher right now in world cricket. I look up to him and try to learn. …DAVID MILLER.
  1. MS Dhoni is the cleverest captain I have seen. …KEVIN PIETERSEN.
  1. MS Dhoni still the best bet as Test and ODI captain. No calmer finisher than Dhoni. …HARSHA BHOGLE.
  1. India is lucky to have Dhoni as captain. …TOM MOODY.
  1. Dhoni is a very smart man and intelligent captain and manages his resources perfectly. India is blessed to have someone as level headed as him at the helm. …SOHAIB AKHTAR.
  1. One inch here and there and a guy like Dhoni could take you apart. He is a great finisher, he is cool and calm and backs himself. He is a strong character. …MAHELA JAYWARDANE.
  1. Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the best captains we have ever produced. …GUNDAPPA VISHWANATH.
  1. It was a superb win. Hats off to Dhoni, I think he is the best captain we have got. Despite not having Sachin (Tendulkar) and Rahul (Dravid), Dhoni could get all the youngsters together and showed the team spirit within this unit.  This looks like a complete team and Dhoni is probably the best captain India has ever had. …AJIT WADEKAR.
  1. Dhoni has got this ability of rising from the ashes. It is his temperament where he has treated those two imposters – fame and failure – in just the same manner. …SUNIL GAVASKAR.
  1. He has that uniqueness to respond to a tough situation with ease. He does not involve much emotionally, and that’s his quality. India are lucky to have captain like Dhoni. …VVS LAXMAN.
  1. Dhoni played really well. He is a class player. And his statistics show that.  He is a very good striker of the ball and you saw that in the last over with that six that he hit off Clint Mckay. …MICHAEL CLARKE.
  1. Men like Adam Gilchrist (96.95), Viv Richards (90.20) and Kapil Dev (95.07) have better strike-rates than Dhoni. A few like Sachin Tendulkar (18176), Sanath Jayasurya (13430) and Ricky Ponting (13695) would always remain out of his reach by way of runs. But it’s difficult to think if those legends could have donned as many hats as Dhoni does – a batsman, keeper, captain and a finisher – and done as well over a period of time.  He also hardly misses a game. …TIMES OF INDIA.
  1. There are two types of captain in world cricket. One is MS Dhoni and other are the all others. …NAVJOTSINGH SIDHU.
  1. India are playing very good cricket under the leadership of MS Dhoni. …BRIAN LARA.
  1. Dhoni is one guy who doesn’t know the meaning of fear. …SOHAIB AKHTAR.
  1. Dhoni is an inspiration. …SARFARAZ AHMED.

Thank you friends,


….Ratikanta Singh.