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Dhoni's ODI debut

2004
Dhoni's ODI debut
  • After making his mark in the Indian A team, Dhoni was selected for the ODI squad for Bangladesh Tour in 2004/ 2005.
  • Although, he had performed averagely in the series, he got selected for the Pakistan ODI series.
  • In the 2nd match of the series, he scored 148 off 123 deliveries, surpassing the record of the highest score by an Indian wicket keeper.

Dhoni's test cricket debut

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Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik as the Indian Test wicket keeper in December 2005. Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match which was terminated due to rains.

The captain of the ship

2007-2008
The captain of the ship
  • Dhoni was made the Captain of the Indian team for the 1st ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007 wherein India became the champions.
  • He then became the ODI Captain of the Indian team for the series against Australia.
  • He debuted as the full-time test Captain of India during the final test against Australia in November 2008 after Anil Kumble's retirement.

Dhoni's personal life

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Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, a Dehradun girl on 4 July 2010. They were blessed with a baby girl named Ziva on 6 February 2015.

Dhoni gifts India the World Cup

12 Feb 2011
Dhoni gifts India the World Cup
  • Dhoni ended the 2011 World Cup with an epic six against Nuwan Kulasekara, crowning India as champions for the first time since 1983.
  • He finished at 91 not out from 79 balls against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai (India).
  • With 15 required from 17 balls, he battled Lasith Mallinga in all his glory by hitting consecutive boundaries through midwicket.

Dhoni retires from test cricket

30 Dec 2014
Dhoni retires from test cricket
  • Dhoni retired from test cricket with immediate effect after the long drawn test match against Australia in Melbourne.
  • The announcement was made through a BCCI press release stating "the strain of playing all formats" as the reason.
  • India had become number one in test cricket under his captaincy.
  • He was succeeded by Virat Kohli for the final test match of the series against Australia.

Dhoni's long list of endorsements

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Currently, Dhoni has 20 endorsements in his kitty. Only Shahrukh Khan, who has 21 beats his score in endorsements. Some of the brands Dhoni endorsed are Aircel, Pepsico, Titan Sonata, Big Bazaar etc.

Captain cool among the highest paid athletes

Nov 2014
Captain cool among the highest paid athletes
  • Dhoni became the only Indian sportsperson to make his place in Forbes Magazine's list of 100 highest paid athletes in the world.
  • Dhoni ranked 22 on the list with a total income of $30 million; his endorsements were worth $26 million as recorded on June 2014.
  • American boxer, Floyd Mayweather topped the list which also featured golfer, Tiger Woods and tennis legend, Roger Federer.

Sushant Singh Rajput as Dhoni

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Sushant Singh Rajput will be playing MS Dhoni in the biographical film titled, "M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story". The film, directed by Neeraj Pandey was supposed to be released in 2015.

Dhoni ranks 9th in the Most Marketable Sportsperson list

26 Jul 2015
Dhoni ranks 9th in the Most Marketable Sportsperson list
  • MS Dhoni features as the 9th most marketable sportsperson in the world in the power list prepared by the London School of Marketing.
  • He is the only cricketer to secure a position in the top 20 of the list and is placed higher than legends such as Lionel Messi, Usain Bolt and Christiano Ronaldo.
  • Tennis players rule the list with Roger Federer ranking first.