MS Dhoni : Jharkhand’s first international cricketer, who got the news of being called to Team India at the age of 23. This wicket-keeper batsman did not miss the opportunity and left no stone unturned to make a splash on the field. He scored 148 runs in his 5th ODI and then 148 runs in the 5th Test as well.
Former India captain MS Dhoni celebrates his 40th birthday on Wednesday
With these two opening scintillating centuries against arch-rivals Pakistan, this enchanting cricketer made so much headlines that he went on to become the ‘future’ of Team India. Yes! It is being talked about Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the only captain to win all three ICC world tournaments, whose birthday is today (July 7). He turned 40 on Wednesday.
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Actually, MS Dhoni was the discovery of the Talent Research Development Department (TRDW) of BCCI. In view of his talent, the age rule related to this program had to relaxed. Before discussing this, let’s take a look at Dhoni’s international career.
India won the T20 World Cup in 2007 under Dhoni’s captaincy.
Dhoni was compare to Australian legend Adam Gilchrist as soon as he step into international cricket. Also, Mahi, who specializes in chasing victory till the last over, got a glimpse of Michael Bevan as a finisher. Within three years, Dhoni was appoint the captain of ODI and T20. Under his captaincy, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and won the final of the CB series in Australia the following year.
After this, Dhoni took over the Test captaincy in 2008 and registered memorable series victories over Australia, England and New Zealand in December 2009, India became No. 1 in Test cricket. But under his captaincy, India suffered eight consecutive defeats on the soil of England and Australia in 2011 and 2012 and these embarrassing defeats saw India lose the top ranking.
But MS Dhoni was not one to give up.
In 2011, he led India to the World Cup title. He washed Australia 4–0 at home in 2013 and then went unbeaten the same year to win the Champions Trophy in England and reach the final of the World T20 World Cup the following year.
In December 2014, Dhoni abruptly left the Test captaincy in the middle of the series against Australia. Not only this, he also announced his immediate retirement from Test cricket. In 2017, Dhoni decided to step down from the captaincy and made way to make Virat Kohli his successor.
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In the World Cup-2019, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sluggish batting was the target of critics.
He has been away from cricket since India’s semi-final loss. The speculation of his retirement was also in full swing. Dhoni finally retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020. After the news of his retirement, his fans around the world were disappoint.
When Dhoni had to break the ‘rule’ after seeing his talent
Dilip Vengsarkar is consider to one of the best selectors in India when it comes to spotting talent. The former captain’s tenure as the chairman of the selection committee from 2006 to 2008 became a benchmark for the selectors to come, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the captain while he was a selector.
Vengsarkar believes that he was able to do justice to the selection committee chairman’s post because he was associate with the Talent Research Development Department (TRDW) of the BCCI (Cricket Board of India), which had discovere the talent of a cricketer like Dhoni. TRDW however is no longer in existence.
Dhoni and Dilip Vengsarkar
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was include in the BCCI’s TRDW scheme at the age of 21, while the age of 19 was fix for it. There is a very interesting story behind it. Actually, Dhoni was include in TRDW at the behest of former Bengal captain Prakash Poddar. On Poddar’s request, Vengsarkar decided that the rules should not come in the way of a talented player.
Poddar had gone to Jamshedpur to watch an Under-19 match.
At the same time, the Bihar team was playing an ODI match in the adjacent Keenan Stadium and the ball was coming out of the stadium again and again. After this Poddar became curious as to who was hitting the ball so far. When he inquired, he came to know about Dhoni.
Vengsarkar said, ‘Dhoni was made a part of TRDW program at the age of 21 at the behest of Poddar.’ He told that TRDW was started by former president Jagmohan Dalmiya. However, it was closed after Dalmiya lost the election.
Dhoni’s international career
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 10773 runs in 350 One Day Internationals at an average of 50.57, including 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries. During this his highest score was an unbeaten 183 runs. There are 444 victims behind the wicket.
Dhoni scored 4876 runs in 90 Test matches at an average of 38.09. He scored 6 centuries and 33 half-centuries. His highest score was 224 runs. 294 victims behind the wicket.
He scored 1617 runs in 98 T20 Internationals for India at an average of 37.60, including 2 half-centuries. His highest score was 56 runs. Has 91 victims behind the wicket.
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