MS Dhoni Biography

Biography of MS Dhoni

Biography: Mahendra Singh Dhoni or commonly known as MS Dhoni is an Indian cricketer who represents India on the international stage. At the domestic level, Dhoni plays first-class cricket for Jharkhand.

MS Dhoni Family 

Biography Begins: Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand). He grew up in a Hindu Rajput family. His parents belonged to Lovely village in Lamgara block of Almora district in Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s father Pan Singh was working as a junior management in Mecon.

Dhoni has a sister named Jayanthi Gupta and a brother named Narendra Singh Dhoni. On 4 July 2010, Dhoni married his school friend Sakshi Singh Rawat at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir. The couple gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on February 6, 2015 and named her Ziva.

MS Dhoni in Indian Army

MS Dhoni is a qualified paratrooper in the Indian Army after completing five parachute training jumps from an Indian Army aircraft at the Agra training camp in 2019.

MS Dhoni – Career

In 1995, he joined the Commando Cricket Club and stood behind the stumps for them for the next three years. He was then selected for the Vinu Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship in the 1997/98 season and performed well.

In 1998, Dhoni started playing for Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL). During his time in CCL, Deval Sahay used to gift him fifty rupees for every 6 runs scored in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket games. After that, Sahay pushed for Dhoni’s selection in the Bihar team.

Domestic career

Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahai in 1998 to play for Central Coalfields Limited (CCL). This was Dhoni’s first foray into professional cricket. Dhoni showed extraordinary talent which impressed Deval Sahay who used his contacts in the Bihar Cricket Association to press for his selection in the Bihar team.

Dhoni made his debut for the senior Bihar Ranji team for the 1999–2000 season. He was also included in the Bihar Under-19 team for the 1998–99 season where he scored 176 runs in 7 innings from 5 matches.

Dhoni, however, was not selected for the Eastern Division U-19 team (CK Naidu Trophy) or the Rest of India team (MA Chidambaram Trophy and Vinu Mankad Trophy). Dhoni made his first-class cricket debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy in the 1999–2000 season. At that moment he was only eighteen years old.

After more than three years of playing the Ranji Trophy, Dhoni was chosen to represent the Eastern Division instead of international cricketer Deep Dasgupta. Dhoni came into limelight only after that. Dhoni was scouted by TRDW and TRDO Prakash Poddar, BCCI’s small town talent spotting initiative.

Dhoni was selected in the India A squad for the tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya. His performance on that tour made him the favorite of Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri.

IPL career

Dhoni was signed by Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million in the inaugural season of the IPL in 2008. He was the most expensive player in the IPL in the first season auction. Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to 2010 and 2011, 2018 and 2021 Indian Premier League and 2010 and 2014 Champions League T20 titles.

After a two-year ban with CSK, Dhoni was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016 for US$1.9 million. He was the captain that year but was replaced by Steven Smith after his team finished 7th.

MS Dhoni’s CSK reached the final for a record 8th time in 2019 but were stopped by a resurgent Mumbai Indians team who won the final.

International career of MS Dhoni

ODI career

Dhoni arrived on the international stage when the Indian ODI team was struggling to find a wicketkeeper-batsman. We saw the arrival of junior wicketkeepers/batsmen in the 2000s like Rahul Dravid and then Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik.

But they didn’t fit the team combination. Then came Dhoni, who was selected in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05.

Dhoni had the most disastrous start to his career that anyone could ask for. The last thing you want is to be run out for zero on debut. However, Dhoni was selected for the series against Pakistan despite his average performance in the first series against Bangladesh cricket team. ‘

Dhoni scored his maiden century in his fifth ODI. He scored 148 off just 123 balls in Visakhapatnam. And thus the Dhoni era began.

His last ODI innings was against New Zealand in the 2019 WC semi-final where he ended his ODI journey the way it started – with a run-out. Although there were speculations that MSD would make a comeback after the 2020 IPL, MS Dhoni played his last international match without a bye due to unforeseen circumstances caused by COVID-19.

Dhoni in World Cup:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has played in four World Cups, 2 as captain. Under his leadership, India won the World Cup in 2011 and reached the semi-finals in 2015.

2007 ICC Cricket World Cup:

Due to his good performances in the middle order as well as behind the wickets, MSD was selected for the World Cup in the Caribbean. India had a disappointing campaign in two of the three group matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

Dhoni had a terrible innings as he got out for zero in both the matches. Along with Dhoni, the team was heavily criticized for their performance. After Bangladesh’s defeat, around 200 fans attacked Dhoni’s under-construction house in Ranchi.

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

Till 2011 WC, Dhoni captained all three Tests, T20Is and ODIs. Dhoni’s batting contributed a lot in the final against Sri Lanka. Chasing 275 runs at the Wankhede, Dhoni moved up the order after losing early wickets to Sachin, Sehwag and Virat Kohli.

Dhoni and Gambhir then formed a steady partnership to stabilize the Indian innings. Dhoni had scored 60 runs in 60 balls, then the pace started to pick up. He hit the winning six off Numan Kuleskar, which no one will forget, and won the man of the match award.

Muralitharan’s spin threat and right-arm combo showed why he was one of India’s best captains.

2015 ICC Cricket World Cup 

In the 2015 World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand, under Dhoni’s leadership, the Men in Blue managed to comfortably reach the semi-finals, defeating Bangladesh in the quarter-finals. However, they lost to hosts Australia in the semi-final at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In this World Cup, India had won 7 matches in a row and won 11 matches in total in the World Cup. After defeating Bangladesh, MSD became the first non-Australian captain to win 100 ODIs and the first Indian captain to achieve the record.

He scored 237 runs in 6 matches at an average of 59.25. His 45* and 85* against the West Indies and Zimbabwe helped India reach the semi-finals. He scored 65 runs against Australia in the semi-final, but could not prevent the Australian team from scoring against India.

2019 ICC Cricket World Cup

Dhoni played his last World Cup at the age of 38. This time, he was India’s wicketkeeper in the tournament. Despite his easy innings against South Africa, Australia and the West Indies, MSD was mainly criticized for his strike rate and ‘lack of intent’.

In the semi-final against New Zealand, Dhoni scored a fighting half-century and formed a promising partnership with Ravinder Jadeja after the top-order collapsed. India looked to be on their way to the finals. But, Dhoni was run out at the crucial stage, shattering the dreams of billions.

Test career

Dhoni’s performance in the ODI against Sri Lanka opened the door to Test cricket for him. Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 and was the last man standing on his 30-run journey on his Test debut.

Dhoni scored his first half-century in the second Test. He was also very aggressive as he scored a fifty off 51 balls. We saw the making of Dhoni who would soon lead India to number one in Tests.

T20 International Career

MSD has been a part of the Indian T20 team since its inception. He was one of the 11 players who played India’s first T20 International against South Africa in 2006. Despite that nil, lucky India won the match. However, when they faced the Proteas in the 2007 ICC T20 Championship, Dhoni scored 45 runs as India won the match.

Since then Dhoni led the Indian team to the inaugural T20 Championship and various T20 International victories. Apart from his role as wicket-keeper-captain, he played a vital role as a finisher for India in T20.

T20 World Cup

Ahead of the inaugural T20 World Cup 2007, MS Dhoni was named to lead the team. India won the trophy. Apart from his role as captain, MSD played an important role as the final batsman in the middle order. His knock in the semi-final against Australia helped India win by 15 runs and reach the final.

He was unable to push India to a satisfactory target. MSD’s captaincy and cool head in the final over led India to victory against Pakistan in the final. Dhoni was also instrumental in India’s run in the final of the 2014 T20 World Championship. He was named in the Team of the Tournament.

MS Dhoni’s double century

MSD has a double century which came in the first Test against Australia at Chennai. He scored 224 runs and India scored 572 runs on the scoreboard. India won this match by 8 wickets. Mahi broke three records in this match.

He posted the third highest score by an Indian captain, the highest Test score by an Indian wicketkeeper and the highest wicketkeeper-captain score.

MS Dhoni Retirement

MS Dhoni, who won all three ICC trophies for Team India, announced his retirement on August 15, 2020. Dhoni is expected to play the scheduled T20 WC after IPL 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, IPL 2020 has been rescheduled to play. Between September-November 2020.

Without any prior announcement, Dhoni and then Suresh Raina announced their retirement first to play IPL 2020. Although MSD has retired from ODIs, Tests and T20s, his love for CSK remains at its peak. where he confirmed his continued carrier in the yellow jersey.

MS Dhoni in other fields


  • MS Dhoni co-owns the Ranchi Rays (Ranchi-based hockey club) with the Sahara India family. Ranchi Rays is a franchise of the Hockey India League.
  • Along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC (Chennai-based football club). It is a franchise of the Indian Super League.
  • Along with Akkineni Nagarjuna, Dhoni co-owns the Supersport World Championship team, Mahi Racing Team India.


In February 2016, Dhoni launched his brand ‘Seven’. He owns the brand’s footwear, he is the brand ambassador of his company.

Production House

MS Dhoni has a production house called ‘Dhoni Entertainment’. The first show produced under this banner was a documentary web series that premiered on Hotstar-Roar of the Lion. MS Dhoni himself played the lead role in this series.

territorial military

In 2011, MS Dhoni was awarded the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Indian Territorial Army for his contribution to cricket. In August 2019, he completed a two-week stint with the Army in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

MS Dhoni Cars and Bikes Collection

car collection

MS Dhoni has a collection of cars like Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti SX4, Hummer H2, Toyota Corolla, Land Rover Freelander, GMC Sierra, Mitsubishi Pajero SFX, Mitsubishi Outlander, Porsche 911, Audi Q7 SUV, Ferrari Grand Jero 599, Ferrari 599.

MS Dhoni bought a vintage Land Rover Series 3 station wagon at an auction organized by Big Boy Toys.

bike collection

MS Dhoni who is a big fan of bikes has an excellent collection of bikes. Including Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate Hellcat, BSA, Suzuki Hayabusa, a Norton Vintage, Hero Karizma ZMR, Yamaha Rxz, Yamaha Thundercat, Yamaha Rx, Ducati 1098, Yamaha Rd 350, Tvs Apache, Xaki, Confed 350, Kawasaki 1098, Confederate, Confed 350, Kawasaki Harley Davidson Fat boy, Enfield Machismo, Customized Tvs Dirt Bike.

MS Dhoni: Net Worth

In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Dhoni as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. Dhoni owns a hotel in Ranchi named ‘Mahi Residency’. He became the highest paying sportsman in India for the years 2012, 2013, 2014. According to several sources, his net worth is estimated at US$103 million.

MS Dhoni: Argument

  • In 2007 there was a water crisis in Dhoni’s area. Meanwhile, 40 residents of their locality filed a petition against the Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) for wasting 15,000 liters of water in the daily maintenance of the swimming pool at MS Dhoni’s house.
  • He was embroiled in another controversy over tax evasion. His bike Hummer H2 was mistakenly registered as a Mahindra Scorpio, the registration fee is Rs 53,000 instead of Rs 4 lakh which Hummer H2 requires.
  • During the 2013 IPL spot-fixing, Dhoni’s name came up as he was in touch with Gurunath Meiyappan, who is named in the betting charge sheet.
  • In 2016, Dhoni resigned as the brand ambassador of Amrapali Real Estate Group after residents of one of its units faced logistical problems and launched a social media campaign.

MS Dhoni Record 


  • In 2009, MSD took India to number one in the Test rankings for the first time.
  • Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test victories.
  • He is the first Indian wicketkeeper to score 4,000 Test runs.
  • Dhoni’s 224 against Australia is the third highest score by an Indian captain, the highest Test score by an Indian wicketkeeper and the highest score by a wicketkeeper-captain.
  • Dhoni’s century against Pakistan (148) is the fastest century by an Indian wicketkeeper and the fourth century overall.
  • With 294 dismissals in his career, Dhoni tops the list of all-time dismissals by Indian wicketkeepers.
  • Dhoni has the most stumpings (38) by any wicketkeeper in Tests.
  • He holds the record for most scalps by an Indian wicketkeeper in one innings (6) and one match (9).
  • Dhoni is the third captain to win 100 matches.

ODIs and T20s

  • MS Dhoni is the fourth Indian to reach 10,000 ODI runs and only the second wicketkeeper to achieve this feat.
  • First player to cross 10,000 runs in ODI cricket with an average of over 50.
  • Dhoni has scored the sixth most runs in ODI cricket.
  • Only player to score a century while batting at number seven or lower in ODI cricket
  • Most Not Out in ODIs (82)
  • First Indian to hit 200 sixes in ODIs and fifth overall
  • Dhoni’s 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005 is the highest score by a wicketkeeper.
  • MSD’s 113 against Pakistan at Chennai in 2012 is the highest knock by a captain batting at No.7.
  • India’s highest partnership for the eighth wicket in ODIs with Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  • MSD holds the record for most appearances as a captain in ODI history and also as a wicketkeeper (200).
  • Most dismissals in an innings (6) and career (432) by an Indian wicketkeeper.
  • Dhoni has the most stumpings (120) by any wicketkeeper in his ODI career.
  • Achieved the feat of becoming the first Indian wicketkeeper and the fourth wicketkeeper in the world to achieve the distinction of taking 300 ODI catches.
  • Dhoni has the most number of wins in T20Is as a captain
  • He has played most matches as a captain in T20Is
  • MSD has played most matches as captain and wicketkeeper in T20 international history
  • Most consecutive T20I innings without a wicket (84)
  • Dhoni holds the record for the most T20I innings (76) and scored the most runs (1,153) before his half-century.
  • Most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in T20Is (87)
  • He has the most catches as a wicketkeeper in T20Is (54).
  • Dhoni has most stumpings as a wicketkeeper in T20Is (33)
  • Most catches as a keeper in a T20I innings

MS Dhoni: Awards and accolades

National honor 

  • 2018: Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award.
  • 2009: Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award.
  • 2007−08: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honor for achievements in sports.

sports honor 

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008, 2009
  • ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Captain in 2009, 2011-2014)
  • ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
  • Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year: 2011

Other honors and awards 

  • MTV Youth Icon of the Year: 2006
  • LG People’s Choice Award: 2013
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree by De Montfort University in August 2011

MS Dhoni Stats

MS Dhoni Batting Stats

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MS Dhoni Bowling Stats


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