Mahendra Singh Dhoni:1

Mahendra Singh Dhoni popularly known as Mahi was born at Ranchi in seventh July 1981. He is currently skipper in all three international forms of cricket. He is captain of test, one day international and T20 Indian national cricket team. At the beginning of his career, he was a clean and strong hitter of a cricket ball. He was attacking the batsman from the beginning of his innings. He had very unconventional style of batting. His helicopter shot is testimony of his talent and unconventional cricket. He had changed the way to play cricket by simplifying the game of cricket with the introduction of hit the ball style game play. Dhoni is a very positive thinker and speaks less, but speaks with conviction and determination. He had seen Indian cricketing glories as well as falling from the grace. He had burdened the legacy of Indian cricket with his broad Herculean shoulders without worrying about passing the buck to others. After a disaster world cup performance in 2007 under Dravid captaincy, where India failed to pass through preliminary stages, and defeated by minnows such as Bangladesh, Dravid had to leave captaincy and the buck shifted to Dhoni, as he was tasted for the first time in 2007, T20 world cup. He had a very young team as seniors opted out from this. Though at later times it came to light that Dravid might have suggested to clear seniors without acquiring consent of Sachin. Sachin expressed his mild dissatisfaction over the non inclusion of the team. Youthful team under Dhoni performs in excellent to win T20 world cup; it was so significant that India had won the next ICC world cup after 1983 won by England. Dhoni has won the ICC ODI player of the year for 2008 and 2009. He is famous as a great finisher in each aspect of international cricket. His average in one day worldwide has been nearing to fifty. It is an amazing feat considering his batting position and the state of the match situation he had been into the game of play.

His early life:

Name of his father is Pan Singh and his mother is Devaki Devi. His ancestors hailed from Almora district of Uttarakhanda. His father shifted his base from Uttarakhanda to Ranchi after getting the job from MECON company. He received his elementary education at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi. He was an excellent badminton and football goalkeeper in his school days. He had excelled in many forms of game play. Since his birth, it is evident that one day he would be an international sports star. He had shown his excellent mantle in keeping wickets and for this he was selected for Commando Club as wicket keeper. He performed excellently there for three long years from 1995 to 1998. His wicket keeping and batting added attractions for many and for this he was selected for 1997 to play in Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship. He is a right hand batter and wicket keeper. He was aggressive batsman and he can hit the long sky rocketing sixes with ease. Class is permanent. He was selected for Bihar Ranji Trophy regional team at a tender age of 17. He was selected for the India A tour to Kenya and there he performed beyond expectations and ultimately he was selected as wicket keeper of the national cricket team.

Dhoni is a back foot player and most of his shot making deals with bottom handed shots. At the beginning of his innings, he starts scoring slowly and after getting his eyes on the state of wicket. He starts his stroke plays all around the field. His shots mark the signs of plenty of brute power with shot making against the tide of game play and within a few minutes he can run away with matches from oppositions. Dhoni believes in playing fearless school of cricket. He respects seniors and also he wants continuous improvement of the class of cricket. He wants to play well in foreign pitches and short pitched deliveries. Dhoni replaced Dravid as wicket keeping batsman as it was evident the experiment with Dravid was going to be a flopped show in terms of wicket keeping. Dhoni earned his place with some masterful performances in domestic seasons. Emergence of Dhoni in India’s domestic circuit began from the year 1999-2000. He played Cooch Behar Trophy and reached his state team Bihar to the finals. They encountered Punjab in the clash of finals. Bihar batted first and with the help of a hurricane knock of 84. Bihar posted a promising challenge to Punjab in the first innings score of 357. Punjab batted brilliantly and posted over 800 runs in reply to Bihar. Yuvraj Singh scores 358, one run ahead of Bihar’s first innings score of 357. In this edition of Cooch Behar Trophy, Dhoni scored five fifties in nine matches as wicket keeper batter. He was brilliant in every sphere of innings and he had scored with determination and power throughout this tournament. Later on he was selected for eastern zone C.K. Naydu under 19 trophies, but he performed poorly in that tournament.

Dhoni was selected for Bihar Ranji team for the first time in the year 1999-2000. He scored a valiant unbeaten fifty in the second innings of his debut match against weaker oppositions Assam.  He scored his maiden first class century in the second Ranji season against the stronger opposition of the Bengal side. First two Ranji seasons’ performance was not so exceptional for him. In the third season, he scored five 50s in four matches. In the subsequent season, his fourth Ranji season he mastered three 50s. Apart from this in that season in the Deodhar Trophy, the one day domestic tournament, he scored two 50s. His best season began at the commencement of 2003-04 domestic championships. In the opening match, he smashed a century against Assam. He was instrumental in making the east zone champion in prestigious Deodhar Trophy one day domestic tournament. He played wonderfully in Duleep Trophy finals. It is a tournament consisting of five zonal teams. He batted with passion and played a fighting century but could not prevent the eastern zone from defeat.

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