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MS Dhoni’s Journey From School Days To Lifting 2011 World Cup – Unknown Facts

Indian cricketer MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, a day after reaching Chennai. Dhoni who had numerous records under his name made this decision after a long controversy.

Here we provide Dhoni’s journey starting from his school days to lifting 2011 world cup along with some unknown facts regards him.

  • MS Dhoni attended DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi. Played badminton & basketball too. Was goalkeeper & once his school coach KR Banerjee asked him if he would like to keep wickets for the cricket team. MS agreed & that’s how his cricketing journey began.
  • MS Dhoni made a name for himself & was selected in the Bihar U-19 team for Cooch Behar Trophy in 1998-99. In the tournament, Dhoni scored 185 runs in 5 matches at an avg of 37 with 1 fifty! The next year was his last chance of getting in the India U-19 team!
  • MS Dhoni scored 488 runs in 9 matches in the 1999/00 Cooch Behar Trophy which included 4 fifties! He scored 84 in the final against Punjab. He was hoping to make it in the India U-19 side for the World Cup in Sri Lanka. It was so close, yet so far for MSD.
  • For the wicket-keeper spot in the squad, it was a three-way race between Ajay Ratra, MS Dhoni, and Amit Deshpande from Vidarbha. MSD was aggressive of the three but didn’t score much in the CK Nayudu Trophy. Ratra made it to the team.
  • MS Dhoni made his List A & FC debut v Assam at Jamshedpur in 2000. On his FC debut, MSD’s first victim as a ‘keeper was Parag Das who was stumped. 19 years later, MSD caught Parag Das’ son Riyan Parag in the IPL game in Jaipur!

  • Before Dhoni played for Bihar, he represented Central Coal Limited. MSD scored a double hundred in school match & put 378* with Shabir Hussain. He was picked in CCL under sports quota. MSD would get a monthly stipend of 2K + 200 extra (for being a match-winning player).
  • Dhoni scored his first FC century at the Eden Gardens against formidable Bengal. MSD scored 195 runs in 4 Ranji Trophy games in the 2000/01 season. He was picked in the East Zone side for the Duleep Trophy game v South Zone in Agartala. MSD came to know about this news very late.
  • With just 20 hours to go for the game, MSD needed to go from Ranchi to Agartala. MSD couldn’t reach on time & had to miss the game. He went with the team to Pune where MSD first saw Sachin Tendulkar–one of his idols. Sachin even asked MSD for water during the drinks break.
  • Dhoni moved to Kharagpur as a train ticket examiner. He was part of the South Eastern Railways team. In 2002, MSD went for a selection of the Railways team. The selectors weren’t impressed with his batting or ‘keeping skills.

  • Dhoni also played tennis ball cricket for Durga Sporting. He learned a helicopter shot (called ‘thappad’ shot) from his childhood friend Santosh Lal. MSD was fond of Santosh’s aggressive batting style. Unfortunately, Santosh succumbed to pancreatitis & died in 2013.

  • Talent Resource Development Wing was an initiative by the BCCI to fast-tack talent around India. Dhoni was discovered by TRD Officer Prakash Poddar (former Bengal skipper) & his report was sent to the National Cricket Academy. The year 2004 was the turning point in MSD’s life.
  • Dhoni hit his 1st List A ton v Assam (128*) & hit 114 v CZ in the Deodhar Trophy 2004. His consistent performances earned him a place in the India A team on the tour of Kenya and Zimbabwe. Dhoni hit 2 tons v Pakistan A in the quadrangular series & was Player of the Tournament.
  • In 2004, Dhoni was part of the Indian side which took part in the Hong Kong Super Sixes. His Indian teammates – Pravin Amre, Subroto Banerjee, Iqbal Siddiqui, Nikhil Chopra, Debasis Mohanty.
  • Dhoni was included in the Board President XI side v the visiting South Africa at Jaipur. MSD scored 39 in a 3-day game. In Ranji Trophy 2004/05, he scored 48 v J&K, (97, 6*) v Kerala, (128 & 9) v Orissa. His name was announced in the Indian team for the Bangladesh ODI series.
  • On December 23, 2004, MS Dhoni became India’s 157th ODI cricketer. He made his debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong. He was run-out off the very first delivery in international cricket. MS Dhoni scored 12 & 7* in the next two ODIs. 3 ODIs, 19 runs.
  • Before MSD made his India debut he was struggling to find sponsors for his cricket kit. His friend Paramjit Singh helped him get a sponsor. In 2004, in an Inter-Railway Cricket tournament in Nagpur, MSD had a great tournament. His name had created a buzz in the cricketing circles.
  • MSDhoni hit 148 off 56 & 124 off 48 in the tournament. When a photographer asked him to pose Dhoni said: “Mera photo paper mein aaye na aaye, iss bat ka zarur aana chahiye.” Dhoni wanted to make sure his bat logo was clicked by the photographer.

  • In 2005, Dhoni was part of the India Seniors team led by Sourav Ganguly in the Challenger Trophy. In the game v India B, Seniors needed 276 to win. Dhoni scored 102*(96)–10 fours & 4 sixes–opening the innings.
  • Dhoni failed in his 4th ODI, scoring just 3 v Pakistan at Kochi. In the four ODIs he batted low down the order. Ganguly had seen MSD’s fearless strokeplay in the Challenger Trophy at the top of the order. Ganguly decided to promote MSD at No.3 in Visakhapatnam.
  • MS Dhoni scored 148 in his 5th ODI batting at No.3 MSDhoni became the second Indian wicket-keeper to hit a ton in ODIs. The first one–Rahul Dravid — was the non-striker when Dhoni completed the milestone.
  • In 2005, Dhoni was part of the Bradman XI in Bradman T20 Cup. He opened with Dean Jones v KSCA XI. In the next game v Chemplast Recreation Club he scored 91*(61) opening the innings as Bradman XI chased 133!
  • In the ODI series v SL, Dhoni scored 183* in Jaipur which included 15 fours & 10 sixes. This is still the highest individual score by ‘keeper in ODIs. Dhoni scored 346 runs in 5 inns & was named the Player of the Tournament-his 1st in international cricket.
  • MS Dhoni became India’s 251st Test cricketer when he made his debut v Sri Lanka at the Chepauk in 2005. In 2006, playing only his 5th Test, Dhoni scored 148 v Pakistan in Faisalabad. He scored 148 in his 5th ODI v Pakistan as well!.
  • India lost 4-0 in ODI series v SA, lost the Test series 2-1, and won the one-off T20 match. In 2007, India was knocked out of the 50-over WC with Dhoni getting out on ducks v Ban & SL. A mob of angry fans attacked his new house. But soon there was going to be a big change.
  • After the senior players decided to take rest, a young team was selected to go to the World T20 in South Africa. MS Dhoni was chosen as the captain of this young side. India won the WT20 & soon things changed for the better.
  • During the 2008 IPL auction, MS Dhoni was picked by CSK for USD $1.5 million. CSK had in fact kept 1.1 mn USD for MSD but were okay to pay till 1.8 mn USD. This was the highest amount bid for any cricketer in the 2008 IPL auction.
  • India won the first-ever tri-series in Australia under MS Dhoni. Soon Dhoni became the captain in all three formats. India became the World No.1 in Test cricket in 2009 when they beat Sri Lanka at the CCI. This was a pinnacle of glory for Team India.
  • During the CCI Test, MSD spotted his old Railways coach. MSD went up to him & asked the coach if there was any problem in his game. The coach had no answers & he passed the buck to the selectors. MSD was rejected by the Railways.

MS Dhoni as a bowler

His only international wicket: Travis Dowlin Dismissed Wriddhiman Saha in the Challenger Trophy 2009 in Nagpur Kevin Pietersen (Lord’s 2011) & Mahela Jayawardene (CT 2013) were given out off MSD’s bowling but the decisions were overturned!.


Led Chennai Super Kings to the Playoffs every single IPL season. CSK won the titles in 2010, 2011 and 2018 Played under Suresh Raina in only ONE game for CSK v Yorkshire in Champions League 2012 at Durban.

MS Dhoni, who made his international debut under Sourav Ganguly, did something special for his first captain on his final Test. Dhoni asked Ganguly to lead for a few overs — v Australia at Nagpur in 2008.

NEWEST MEMBER HOLDING THE WINNERS’ TROPHY MS Dhoni would hand over the winning trophy to the newest member of the squad — a tradition which he started & continues. This is followed by Team India even now.

In 2015, Jharkhand beat Railways by 115 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Dhoni wanted to play for the Railways but was rejected in 2002. As per the then Jharkhand physio, Dr. Amit Dubey, MSD was like a debutant eagerly waiting for his turn to bat.

Like this evening, on December 30, 2014, India drew the Boxing Day Test v Aus. MSD attended the press conference & answered the questions normally. After a few mins there was a press release stating MSD’s retirement. This shocked the cricketing world. No one saw that coming!.

MS Dhoni when he stayed unbeaten in ODI run-chase:

Occasions: 50

India won: 47

India lost: 2

Match tied 1

MS Dhoni — Player of the Match in the final of the 2011 World Cup final. Scored an invaluable 91* to see India home after Gambhir set the foundation with his 97. Only captain to win all ICC events – WT20 2007, CWC 2011 & CT 2013.

MS Dhoni in ODIs:

Matches 350 Runs 10773 Average 50.57 Strike Rate 88 100s/50s 10/73 First player to reach 10000+ ODI runs at an average of 50+.

MS Dhoni has two 200+ partnerships in ODIs: 256 with Yuvraj Singh for 4th wicket v England at Cuttack (2017) 218 with Mahela Jayawardene (Asia XI) v Africa XI at Chennai (2007) Highest p’ship in Tests: 259* for 7th wicket with VVS Laxman v SA at Kolkata (2010).

MS Dhoni has played with 107 teammates across formats- 99 Indians & 8 from Asia XI His Asia XI teammates: Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Mohammad Asif, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mohammad Rafique, Mohammad Yousuf, Dilhara Fernando & Upul Tharanga.

Captains MS Dhoni has played under in international cricket:

  • Sourav Ganguly
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Virat Kohli
  • Rohit Sharma
  • Anil Kumble
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Mahela Jayawardene

His highest Test score of 224 came against Australia on a rank turner at the Chepauk. His innings comprised 24 fours and 6 sixes! This is the highest individual score by an Indian wicketkeeper in Tests.

During the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, the internal flights had a limited number of business class seats and MS Dhoni (the Indian captain) inevitably handed over his seat to the pace bowlers, wrote Sharda Ugra in Cricinfo.

MS Dhoni was quite impressive as No.3 batsman in ODIs. Had great ability to pierce the gaps and played lofted shots too. Quite effective in the middle overs—good player of spin + great runner. Innings of 148 & 183* were special. Could play a big shot at any time.

MS Dhoni Could’ve easily excelled as a No.3 batsman in ODIs. Instead, he did the tough job of batting at 5 & 6. Finished games for India. Adapted so well in the ODIs. Averaging 50+ in ODIs batting at 5/6 is special. MSD & Yuvraj won so many matches for India in the mid-2000s.

MS Dhoni has done charity work and supported the young athletes in the country. He also donated funds for COVID-19.

MSD captaincy record:

ODI Matches 200,

Won 110,

Lost 74,

Tied 5

Tests: Matches 60,

Won 27,

Lost 18,

Draw 15 T

20Is: Matches 72

Won 41 + 1 Bowl out win,

Lost 28

MS Dhoni Awards:

  • ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 & 2009 – the first player to win successive awards.
  • Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 2007 – second Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar to receive the award.
  • Padma Bhushan in 2018.

Dhoni’s Career from the beginning:

On ODI debut: Was run-out for a duck Last ODI innings: Was run-out for 50 Between those two innings hit 10773 runs which include 10 tons & 73 fifties. Had the penchant for finishing games with sixes – None better than the six off Kulasekara in WC 2011 final!

MSD’s Unforgettable moments:

Took off his right glove & beat Mustafizur of Bangladesh — such a street smart cricketer.

Even in WT20 2007 nominated Harbhajan, Sehwag & Uthappa for the bowl-out v Pakistan. Tactically astute

Finally, MS Dhoni made the billions of dreams come true by lifting the ICC World cup for India after 28 years in 2011 with an impressive smile in his face.

Also read: List of 47 Interesting MS Dhoni Career Records in All formats

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