MS Dhoni, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest finishers in limited overs cricket, one of the greatest captains, and one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsmen, was born on 7 July 1981 at Ranchi in Bihar. He made his international debut in an ODI match against Bangladesh in December 2004. Dhoni the star was born when he played an awesome knock of 148 runs in an ODI against Pakistan in April 2005 and in the same year he played another magnificent innings of 183* against Sri Lanka in Jaipur. In 2007, Dhoni was made captain of Team India for the inaugural edition of World T20 in South Africa which India won by beating Pakistan in the final. In his 10-year captaincy tenure, India also won the World Cup 2011, Champions Trophy 2013 and couple of Asia Cups.
A look at MS Dhoni's International cricket career on the occasion of his 37th birthday :
Batting career summary :
Debut - vs Sri Lanka at Chennai, 2005
- 3rd Most runs in the world and most for India by a wicket-keeper batsman.
- 224 is the highest Test score by an Indian wicket-keeper batsman.
- 4th best average in the world for a wicket-keeper batsman after Adam Gilchirst, Andy Flower and Matt Prior.
2. ODIs -
Debut - vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, 2004
- 2nd Most runs in the world by a wicket-keeper batsman.
- Only wicket-keeper batsman who averages 50+ in ODIs.
- MS Dhoni averages 102.88 in successful run chases - the highest average by any batsman in the world in successful run chases. (Min 1000 runs)
3. T20Is :
Debut - vs South Africa at Johannesburg, 2006
- 2nd Most runs by a wicket-keeper in the world after Mohammad Shahzad (1888).
- Most T20I appearances (92) for India and 3rd most in the world.
Captaincy career -
1. Test :
- Most Test matches as a captain for India (60).
- Most Test wins as an Indian captain (27).
2. ODIs :
- Most ODIs as a captain for India (199) and 3rd most in the world.
- Most ODIs wins as an Indian captain (110) and 2nd most in the world.
- Only 3rd captain to win more than 100 ODI matches as a captain after Ricky Ponting (165) and Allan Border (107).
- Only second captain to win both ICC Cricket World Cup (2011) and ICC Champions Trophy (2013) after Ricky Ponting.
3. T20Is :
- Most T20I matches as a captain in the world (72).
- Most T20I wins as a captain in the world (41).
- Only captain to win both World T20 (2007) and Asia Cup T20 tournament (2016).
Wicket keeping records :
- 294 dismissals (256 ct. & 38 st.) in Test cricket - the most for India and 5th most in the world.
- Joint 3rd most stumpings (38) in the world. Australia's Bert Oldfield (52) from and England's Godfrey Evans (46) had more stumping dismissals and India's Syed Kirmani also affected 38 stumpings in Tests.
. 404 dismissals (297 ct & 107 st.) in ODI cricket - the most for India and 4th most in the world.
. MS Dhoni also holds the record of most stumpings (107) in ODI cricket.
. 82 dismissals (49 ct & 33 st.) in T20I cricket - the most in the world.