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Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Personal information
Full nameMahendra Singh Dhoni
Birth Date (Y-M-D)1981-7-7
Place of birthRanchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand)
Country of birthIndia
NicknameMahi
Height5 ft 9 inch (1.7 m)
Batting styleRight-hand batsman
Bowling styleRight-hand medium
RoleWicket-keeper, India captain
CountryIndia
Test Debut2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test18 August 2011 2011 v England
ODI debut23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI3 September 2011 v England
ODI shirt no.7
Domestic team information
Bihar1999/00 2004/05
Jharkhand2004/05-present
Chennai Super Kings2008 present

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( ) (born 7 July 1981) is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team.

Initially recognised as an extravagantly flamboyant and destructive batsman, Dhoni has come to be regarded as one of the coolest heads to captain the Indian ODI side. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007 08, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008 and 2010 against Australia 2 0 and 2011 World Cup in which India beat every previous world cup winning team. His Test, ODI record is best among all the Indian captains to date. He also captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in the recent 2011 IPL and in the Champions League. He is now captain of India in all three forms of the game and also led the team to their first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Under Dhoni's captaincy India became the first team after a gap of more than 20 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. Dhoni also led the Indian team to the number one position in ICC rankings in Test cricket for the first time. Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2009. In 2009 Dhoni topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers compiled by Forbes. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009. In the final of the 2011 Cricket World Cup, he hit 91 not out of just 79 balls to lead India to victory. For his outstanding batting in the final, he was awarded as the man of the match.

The TIME magazine added him in its "Time 100" list of 100 most influential people of 2011.

According to the SportsPro magazine Dhoni is 10th most valuable brand in field of sports worldwide and number 1 among all Asian superstars.


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