” Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd. India lifts the world cup after 28 years. The party’s started in the dressing room. And it’s an Indian captain who has been absolutely magnificent in the night of the final.” These lines could easily give you some major goosebumps regardless of the time and place. MS Dhoni, one of the greatest cricketers to have ever played the game, made history on the night of April 2nd, 2011 in Wankhede.
A great batsman, a highly gifted wicket-keeper and above all an exceptionally talented leader, MS Dhoni has undoubtedly been an epitome of greatness for the cricket fraternity and the Indian cricket.
Without an iota of doubt, MS Dhoni has been the greatest servant of the Indian cricket till date. Discipline, Determination and Dedication, those would be 3 D’s that aptly define MS Dhoni and his stature he has received in international cricket.
Let’s have a look at 13 scintillating facts about MS Dhoni which have made him a gem of a kind for the Indian cricket!
The only Captain in the history of the game to have all 3 ICC trophies under his belt
Mahi bhai is people fondly call him by, has the distinction of being the only captain in cricketing history to have led his side to mammoth victories in the ICC tournaments. It was under his captaincy, that India won the T20 World cup in 2007, World Cup 2011 and the 2013 champions trophy. All in a span of 6 years of captaincy.
Wicketkeeper with most stumpings in the International arena
Ms Dhoni has a total of 178 dismissals under his name at the international level, which is the most by any player in the history of the game.
Most wins as an Indian captain
He is regarded as one of the most successful Indian captains to have played till date. With 110 wins in ODI ( Win percentage 55.2 %), 48 wins in T20 internationals ( Win percentage of 58.33) and 27 wins in test cricket ( Win percentage of 45 %) he is one hell of a captain!
First Indian cricketer to hit 200 sixes in ODI
Fishing the match with a six is my aim, MS Dhoni is my name.
This line fits in with Mahi’s reputation of being the first Indian player to have smacked 200 biggies in the ODI cricket.
2nd Richest cricketer in the World!
Dhoni’s net worth is expected to be around 110 million USD which makes him the 2nd richest cricketer in the World. If he’s second, then who’s the richest? None other than the GOD of Cricket Sachin Tendulkar himself with 160 million USD!
Wonder what they do with that much money!
Most expensive bat in the history of World cricket
The bat that Mahi played within the night of the 2011 World Cup finals went for a whopping 100 Euros at an auction in London.
P.S.- 1 Euro is equivalent to 80.83 rupees. For those who aren’t aware of the conversions.
MS Led Indian team to 1st rank in ICC test rankings within 2 years of captaincy
Under Mahi’s leadership, the Men in Blue stayed at the top position for good 21 months of International cricket.
Only captain to whitewash Australia in their home soil in any format of the game
Mahi created history when Kohli’s scintillating innings helped him make history on the Australian soil in the past 140 years of cricket.
Fastest to Number 1 position in ICC ODI Rankings
Dhoni made the world record by reaching the number 1 rankings in ODI cricket in just 42 innings of the game.
Mahi was the most expensive player in the inaugural edition of IPL
He was sold for a jaw-dropping 1.5 million dollars, way back in 2008 for Chennai based franchise CSK.
Mr Notout in ODI cricket
The 37-year-old has the world record of most not outs in the history of the One day cricket. He has remained unbeaten on the crease for 78 innings till date. Mr Notout for a reason!
Highest individual score by any Wicketkeeper batsman in One day international
His knock of 183* gets him the title of the most runs in an innings as a wicketkeeper in ODI cricket.
Maximum number of centuries when batting at 7
Out of 10 centuries that Mahi has under his name, 2 of them have come while batting at 7. This guy is a genius!
Indian cricket will never find Dhoni’s replacement, that’s for sure. Happy 37th MS!