Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: ‘Captain Cool’ turns 39 today.

MS Dhoni in CSK jersey

A once-in-a-lifetime cricketer was born today on 1981; named MS Dhoni. He turned 39 on Tuesday. Whether he’ll player for India or not in future; he will remain one of the greatest cricketers of all time. He has won million of hearts with his batting skills and captaincy skills.

A small town boy from Ranchi developed himself to become the best captain and wicketkeeper in the world. But his career didn’t start as expected. He started off with duck against Bangladesh; on December 23, 2004. But he silenced all his haters by scoring a century; a few games later.

Dhoni is well known for his calmness; in tough situations. He has numerously helped India win matches with his calmness and composure in tough situations. It is indeed Dhoni’s cool and composed nature that made him an icon with India’s youth. In fact; he became the only player in cricket; whose biopic was made; when he was still playing.

He’s the only captain in the world to have won all 3 major ICC tournaments; i.e. ICC Champions Trophy, ICC CWC and ICC T20 WC. Indeed; it is Dhoni’s cricketing wits that helped; India to win the finals of T20 WC and CWC 2011. He shocked everyone by; giving the last over to Joginder Sharma in T20 WC 2007; and coming out before Yuvraj to bat in the final of 2011 WC. These two decisions made India champions.

Describing Dhoni’s batting and keeping skills; there’s one word that comes to our mind is ‘Exceptional’. He has affected 123 stumpings; and holds the record of most stumpings in the world. MS has scored 4876 runs in Test cricket; 10773 runs in ODI with an exceptional average of 50.6; and 1617 runs in T20I.

MS Dhoni in IPL.

MS Dhoni holding IPL trophy
MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni was signed by Chennai Super Kings in 2007. Famously known as ‘Thala’; he has scored 4432 runs with a healthy strike rate of 137.85 in IPL. Under his captaincy; CSK won  20102011 and 2018 Indian Premier League titles and the 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles.

He has played every play-off in IPL except 2017 IPL; when Rising Pune Supergiants failed to qualify. His personal best in IPL was in 2018; when he scored 455 runs with a strike rate of 150.

As the future of IPL is in air due to COVID-19; it remains unclear when we will see Mahi back in action. Whether he plays more international cricket or not; he will definitely be seen as one of the greatest in this sport.

FACT: MS Dhoni has taken a wicket in ODI. The occasion of Dhoni taking a wicket came during the ICC Champions Trophy 2009 when he dismissed former West Indies’ batsman Travis Dowlin.

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