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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.