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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He made his One Day International debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

M.S. Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni January 2016 (cropped).jpg
Dhoni in January 2016
Personal information
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born (1981-07-07) 7 July 1981 (age 35)
Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
Nickname Mahi, MS, MSD, Captain Cool
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Wicket-keeper, Indian Captain
International information
National side
Test debut 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 26 December 2014 v Australia
ODI debut 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 23 October 2016 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 7
T20I debut 1 December 2006 v South Africa
Last T20I 28 August 2016 v West Indies
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00–2003/04 Bihar
2004/05–present Jharkhand
2008–2015 Chennai Super Kings (squad no. 7)
2016–present Rising Pune Supergiants (squad no. 7)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC T20Is
Matches 90 283 131 73
Runs scored 4,876 9,110 7,038 1112
Batting average 38.09 50.89 36.84 35.87
100s/50s 6/33 9/61 6/47 0/0
Top score 224 183* 224 48*
Balls bowled 96 36 126
Wickets 0 1 0
Bowling average 31.00
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match
Best bowling 1/14
Catches/stumpings 256/38 264/91 364/57 41/22
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 16 September 2016

Mahendra Singh Dhoni ( ; commonly known as M. S. Dhoni; born 7 July 1981) is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats. An attacking right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He made his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

Dhoni holds numerous captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in Tests and ODIs, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the CB Series of 2007–08, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. In the final of the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni scored 91 not out off 79 balls handing India the victory for which he was awarded the Man of the Match. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In the Indian Premier League, he captained the Chennai Super Kings to victory at the 2010 and 2011 seasons, along with wins in the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League Twenty20. He announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014.

Dhoni holds the post of Vice-President of India Cements Ltd., after resigning from Air India. India Cements is the owner of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, and Dhoni has been its captain since the first IPL season. Dhoni is the co-owner of Indian Super League team Chennaiyin FC.

Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test XI and ICC World ODI XI teams for 2009. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to have received this honour. In 2011, Time magazine included Dhoni in its annual Time 100 list as one of the "Most Influential People in the World." In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world. In June 2015, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 23rd in the list of highest paid athletes in the world, estimating his earnings at US$31 million. In 2016, a biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was made on him.