Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 in Jharkhand. He was a right handed wicket-keeper batsman and the most succesful captain India has ever produced. He made his way to the international cricket and debut in 2004 against Bangladesh.
Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Cup Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ODI Cricket World Cup as well as the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He was the most succesful captain for India in term of ODI and T20 wins and holds the record of the most back-to-back wins by any Indian captain in ODIs. As a captain of the Indian national team, Dhoni has played the most number of matches than any other captain in international cricket. He has more than 100 ODI wins on his credit as a captain and the first non-australian cricketer; as well as the third in the world to achieve the aforementioned milestone.
In 2006, Dhoni was declared as the MTV Youth Icon of the year; and later in mid 2007, he was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (India’s highest honour for achievement in sports), followed by Padma Shri (India’s fourth highest civilian award) in 2009. In 2018, he was awarded with the Padma Bhushan award (India’s third highest civilian award], and was given the LG People’s Choice award in 2013.
In 2011, the 39 years old former Indian cricketer received a honorary doctorate degree by DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY as well as a honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel from the Indian Territorial Army.
In his 90 test matches for India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 4876 with 256 catches and 38 stumpings. In 350 ODI matches for his country, he scored 10773 runs with 321 catches, 123 stumpings and a wicket. Dhoni also played 98 T20’s for Team India, in which he managed to score 1617 runs with 57 catches and 34 stumpings.
Upon his retirement from international cricket, many fellow cricketers, celebs and colleagues expressed their thoughts and will wishes for him and acknowledged his services for the sports and his country.
Virat Kohli in his tweet wrote that Dhoni’s services for the country will always remain in everyone’s heart.
The former star cricketer of Pakistan Shahid Khan Afridi wished good luck to Dhoni for his future:
Shikhar Dhawan called him a legend:
Ajinkya Rahana On Twitter wrote:
For Shoiab Akhter, he was a legend
Indeed, Dhoni Inspired a generation of youngsters to follow their dreams and to never giveup. Dhone was a legend, leader and a great human being and indian cricket will never be the same anymore without him.
Dhoni was an Epitome of leadership, he buffled the opponents with his unorthodox shots and was a destructive player, he always brought hopes for millions in middle order batting to watch untill the last ball and finally dhoni , a light behind the stump retires.