MS Dhoni      

Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Current age 37 years 38 days

Major teams India, Asia XI, Bihar, Chennai Super Kings, Jharkhand, Rising Pune Supergiants

Also known as Mahi

Playing role Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium

Fielding position Wicketkeeper

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
    August 16 and 19, 2004
    An "A" tour
    Scores consecutive centuries against Pakistan A, which guide India A into the final of the triangular tournament. Is named Man of the Series.
    December 23, Chittagong
    An uncharacteristic start
    At 23, makes his ODI debut in Chittagong, and is run out for a duck. Finishes the three-match series with 19 runs.
    February 8, 2005
    Missing Test selection
    Smashes an unbeaten 102 off 96 balls for India Seniors against India B in the Challenger Series. However, Dinesh Karthik is picked to keep wicket for the forthcoming Test series against Pakistan.
    April 5, 2005
    Hello, India
    Picked for the home ODI series against Pakistan, captures the imagination of the country by plundering 148 off 123 balls at No. 3 in only his fifth ODI innings. This is the first one-day century by an Indian wicketkeeper - barring Rahul Dravid. India pile up a mammoth 356, and take a 2-0 lead in the series.
    October 31, 2005
    Double the fun
    Having established himself in the one-day side, shatters records by smashing 183 not out off 145 balls with 15 fours and 10 sixes in Jaipur, as India successfully chase Sri Lanka's 298. It is the highest ODI score by a wicketkeeper, and spurs India to a 3-0 series lead. Is adjudged Man of the Series after India beat Sri Lanka 6-1.
    December 2, 2005
    Tests, here I come
    Makes his Test debut in Chennai, and scores 30 in a rain-ruined match against Sri Lanka.
    December 12, 2005
    Early to rise
    Scores his maiden Test half-century - 51 off 51 balls - in the second innings of the Delhi Test against Sri Lanka, and adds unbeaten 104 runs for the seventh wicket with Yuvraj Singh, a partnership that puts the Test beyond Sri Lanka's reach.
    January 23-24, 2006
    Have shots, will play
    First Test century. At 281 for 5 in reply to Pakistan's 588 in Faisalabad, India are facing a charged-up Shoaib Akhtar and a follow-on looms large. Plays an array of memorable hooks, and blitzes his way to 148 off 153 balls, and gives India a 15-run lead.
    February 6, 13, 19, 2006
    Finishing moves
    Continues his excellent ODI form in Pakistan, and develops a reputation of a finisher, scoring 68 off 53 balls, 72 off 46 balls, and 77 off 56 in the five-match series in Pakistan, which India win 4-1.
    April 20, 2006
    At the top of the world
    With an average over 52 after 42 matches, at a strike-rate of 103, displaces Ricky Ponting as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI rankings.
    May 10, 2007
    Winning on one leg
    Battles cramps and saves India further ODI embarrassment after the World Cup. Chasing Bangladesh's 250 in Mirpur, India are in a disarray at 63 for 3, but he steers them home with 91 off 106 balls.
    July 23, 2007
    Serene saviour
    Saves the Lord's Test with a dour innings by his standards. Chasing a target of 380 in the first Test, India are 145 for 5 with the best part of the final day remaining. Shelves his cavalier approach, rides his luck, bats for over three hours, and faces 159 balls for his 76 not out. Manages to hang on until rain forces a premature end to the Test with India on 282 for 9. India go on to win the three-Test series 1-0.
    August 7, 2007
    One who will
    Is named India's captain for the ICC World Twenty20, after Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly have opted out of the competition.
    September 18, 2007
    Natural progression
    Following Rahul Dravid's resignation as captain, is chosen to lead India's ODI side.
    September 24, 2007
    Sensational in South Africa
    No-one gives India a chance, but leads the to the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 title. His captaincy comes in for plenty of praise.
    February-March, 2008
    His own man
    Comes in for criticism for bold non-selections of Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid for the CB Series. Is vindicated as India go on to win the Australian triangular event for the first time, beating Australia 2-0 in the final series.
    April 11-13, 2008
    Test captain
    In Anil Kumble's absence, captains in Tests for the first time, and India beat South Africa in three days on a Kanpur minefield to level the series 1-1.
    December 6, 2009
    On top of the Test world
    India beat Sri Lanka in Mumbai to win the series 2-0 and take over as the No.1 Test team for the first time. Dhoni the captain also enjoys his time as batsman, scoring two centuries in three innings in the series.
    April 2, 2011
    World Cup comes home
    India become the first host nation to win the World Cup, as Dhoni leads his team to a magnificent triumph, beating Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka in consecutive knockout matches. Dhoni shows the way with the bat too, scoring a supremely composed unbeaten 91 in a difficult run-chase in the final.