23 December 2004 - Start of the Dhoni era

23 Dec 2016 | Written by Rishikesh Malkhede; Edited by Siripriya
12 years of Dhonism!

On this day, India's limited overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni had made his international debut 12 years back against Bangladesh.

It was not a debut one would hope for, with Dhoni getting run out for a duck, on the very first ball.

But, since then, Dhoni has went on to become one of the most successful players and captains of the Indian cricket team.

In context: 12 years of Dhonism!

2004Dhoni'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, his performance was average, 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

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.
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The captain of the ship

2007-2008The 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

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.

02 Apr 2011Dhoni 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.

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04 Jan 2017Mahendra Singh Dhoni steps down as ODI, T20 captain

Former Indian test captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as the captain of the One Day International and T20 team.

He took over the captaincy of T20 team in 2007 during the first World T20 in South Africa and was eventually appointed as the ODI captain in September 2007.

He will however be available for the upcoming England series.

09 Jan 2017Aditya Verma: BCCI joint secretary pressurized Dhoni to quit captaincy

Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) secretary Aditya Verma alleged that MS Dhoni's resignation as captain of India's ODI and T20 teams "was not spontaneous but under pressure."

Verma claims BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary had pressurized Dhoni about his "future cricketing plans" through chief selector MSK Prasad on January 4.

The whole episode left Dhoni hurt, prompting him to resign the same day.