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, 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.
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
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
- 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.
23 December 2004 - Start of the Dhoni era
- 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.
Mahendra 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.
Aditya 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.