MS Dhoni: The Man Who Changed India in a Decade


The small-town boy from Ranchi, MS Dhoni is now 10 years old in Indian Team. On December 23, 2004 he played his first international match representing India in an ODI against Bangladesh. Starting from a Golden duck and no success behind wicket after a decade, Dhoni’s name is enough to scare away a team, in shorter formats. As a cricketer, his achievement is less about himself more about the development of India as a cricket crazy nation. Besides international cricket, Dhoni has been the top-most star of IPL and the biggest Rockstar cricketer in Indian history.

Starting his career as a Ticket Collector, as an international player he has made it a habit to collect records and trophies. Name a Trophy, and you will find Dhoni’s imprint on that, including the elusive World Cup delivered directly through his attacking game and served to Indians by a “Helicopter”. The Only captain in World Cricket to win T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy has taken India to the top in ODI and Test matches both. He has played 389 internationals by 23rd December, 2014.

Dhoni’s Records in Cricket
ODI Keeping
For Matches till End of 2014

    1st Record was of equalling Indian record of maximum 5 dismissals (in his 3rd ODI). He repeated the feat thrice more.
    6 dismissals in an ODI saw him equalling the world record, which is the best by any Indian keeper.
    312 dismissals in 247 innings of 250 matches make him 4th best ODI keeper in the World.

ODI Batting
For Matches till End of 2014

    148 runs in 123 balls with 15 boundaries and 4 sixes vs Pakistan at Visakhapatnam in his 5th ODI on April 5, 2005 was his first of the 9 ODI centuries.
    183* runs, his highest ODI score, with 15 boundaries and 10 sixes on 145 balls vs Sri Lanka at Jaipur on 31 Oct, 2005 in 22nd ODI got him the entry to Test Matches.
    139* on 121 balls with 12 boundaries and 5 sixes vs Australia at Mohali on 19th Oct, 2013 was his last

For Matches before Dec 25, 2014

    Test Debut on Dec 2, 2005 vs Sri Lanka at Chennai.
    30 runs with 6 boundaries on 54 balls coming at No. 7 was his debut score in the only innings India played.
    51* vs Sri Lanka in 2nd Test is his first 50+ test score.

After getting Golden duck in first ODI, in the second test he opened his batting account with 18-ball 21 runs and wicketkeeping account by grabbing his solo catch of opener Nafees Iqbal on the ball of Agarkar. The third and final ODI of the series saw him hitting his first boundary, not surprisingly a six as he scored unbeaten 7 runs in 2 balls. In keeping he had 5 victims in the match with 3 catches and 2 stumpings. That was his first record in Cricket.

Dhoni’s International Batting record

    Test: 89 Test, 4841 runs, 6 100s, 33 50s
    ODIs: 250 ODIs, 8192 runs, 9 100s, 56 50s, 177 6s
    T20s: 50 matches, 849 runs, 48* highest score, 24 6s

He is the greatest captain India ever had as statistics prove it taking India to the top of the rankings in ODIs and Test matches as well as being the only captain in the World to win all three major ICC Championships.

    T20s: 2006 World Cup
    ODIs: 2007 from Rahul Dravid
    Test: 2008 from Kumble

Captaincy Record

    Home: 10, 5 won, 5 lost
    AWay: 38, 21 won, 15 lost, 1 Tie
    Total: 48 T20s, 26 won, 20 lost, 1 Tie


    Home: 60 ODIs, 36 won, 20 Lost, 1 Tie
    AWay: 102 ODIs, 55 won, 37 lost, 3 Tie
    Total: 162 ODIs, 91 won, 57 lost, 4 Tie


    Home: 30 Tests, 21 Won, 3 Lost
    AWay: 26 Tests, 6 won, 12 Lost
    Total: 56 Tests, 27 won, 15 lost

International Debut
He started his career under India’s Greatest test captain Sourav Ganguly when he was called to keep wickets against Bangladesh in ODIs.

    ODI: Dec 23, 2014 vs Bangladesh at Chittagong
    T20: Dec 1, 2006 vs South Africa at Johannesbergunder Sehwag as Captain.
    Test: Dec 2, 2005 vs Sri Lanka at Chennai.

Interesting Statistics

    Golden duck in his first innings of ODI and T20.
    148 runs is his first century in ODI as well as Test, both against Pakistan.
    18 Man of the Match Awards in ODIs.
    2 Man of the Match Awards in Test Matches.

Centuries and High Scores
ODI Centuries

    148 vs Pak at Visakhapatnam, 2005
    183* vs SL at Jaipur, 2005
    139* vs Africa XI at Chennai, 2007
    109* vs Hong Kong at Karachi, 2008
    124 vs Australia, at Nagpur, 2009
    107 vs Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2009
    101* vs Bangladesh, at Dhaka, 2010
    113* vs Pakistan at Chennai, 2012
    139( vs Australia at Mohali, 2013

Highest ODI Scores Outside India in ODIs
2 centuries outside India at Karachi and Dhaka.

    67* vs Zimbabwe at Harare, 2005
    88* vs SL at Brisbane, 2008
    94 vs SL at Colombo, 2009
    84* vs New Zealand at Napier, 2009
    95 vs West Indies at Kingston, 2009
    78* vs England at Lord’s, 2011
    56 vs Australia at Brisbane, 2012
    65 vs South Africa at Johannnesburg, 2013

Test Centuries

    148 vs Pakistan, Faisalabad, 2006 in 6th innings of his 5th test. It was his first innings abroad.
    110 vs Sri Lanka, Ahmedabad, 2009
    100* vs Sri Lanka, Mumbai (BS), 2009
    132* vs South Africa, Kolkata 2010
    144 vs West Indies, Kolkata 2011
    224 vs Australia, Chennai 2013

Highest Test Scores Outside India in ODIs

    74 vs West Indies, at Roseau, 2006
    51* vs Bangladesh, Dhaka, 2007
    92 vs England, The Oval, 2007
    76 vs Sri Lanka, Colombo (SSC), 2010
    90 vs South Africa at Centuron, 2010
    57* vs Australia at Sydney, 2012
    68 vs New Zealand, Wellington

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