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                  Mahendra Singh (MS) Dhoni

(born July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand) is an Indian cricketer. He is an aggressive right-handed batsman and wicketkeeper. He is currently ranked second in the official ICC cricket rankings for batsmen in Limited over internationals (as of February 25, 2007) and 65th in the official ICC rankings for batsmen in Test matches.

He was picked to play for the Indian cricket team in December 2004 and has been a regular member of the Indian one-day international team since then. His success in the limited overs format has also secured him a Test spot, and he is rapidly becoming one of the most famous & marketable icons in India, noted for his shoulder length hair.

               Career

Dhoni (affectionately known as Mahi), made his debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000 season as an eighteen year old. He started off his career with modest performances at the local level. He was noticed by the national team selectors in 2004 after his performances in first class tournaments such as the Deodhar Trophy and the Duleep Trophy. Dhoni was selected to represent India 'A' on a tour of Kenya and his performances were good enough to win him selection in the Indian national team, making his one-day international debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong in December of that year.

Dhoni's best performance for India thus far is an unbeaten score of 183 off 145 balls against Sri Lanka at Jaipur on 31 October 2005, equalling the second best score by an Indian in ODIs. It was also the highest innings recorded by a wicket-keeper, and the highest number of sixes in an innings for a wicketkeeper with ten (all-rounders Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi have hit 11). He also broke Saeed Anwar's record of most runs scored off boundaries by scoring a total of 120 runs off 4s and 6s eclipsing the previous record of 118. [1] This has broken the record for the highest individual score for a team batting second. This has also established the new Indian record of number of sixes in a match, overtaking previous record holders, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (both hit seven sixes in a match). Earlier, in 2005 he scored 148 against Pakistan in Vishakapatnam, in his fifth one-day international; the score came off only 123 deliveries

                           Records

  • On 31st October 2005 Mahendra Dhoni scored 183* runs of just 145 balls, accompanying that there are a list of records which he broke
    • He hit 10 Sixes, the most by an Indian in an Innings, and the second highest in ODI cricket (The highest is 11 by Sanath Jayasuriya and Shahid Afridi)
    • He broke Adam Gilchrist's record of 172 for the highest score made by a wicket keeper
    • He is the second highest in scoring maximum runs in boundaries after Herschelle Gibbs of South Africa
      • In this match Kumar Sangakkara also made a century, making it the first match in which both wicket keepers scored a century
  • He has an average of 46.61, giving him the ninth highest average in the history of ODI cricket. Among contemporaries, only Mike Hussey and Kevin Pietersen average more.
    • The highest Indian average
    • Highest average for a wicketkeeper.
    • 2nd Highest average among those who have made more than 1200 runs in one day international cricket
    • Highest strike rate among the top 5 averages
  • He has a strike rate of 99.83 giving him the seventh highest strike rate overall
    • The highest by an Indian
    • The third highest among players who have made more than 1000 runs in International Cricket
  • In April 2006 Dhoni was briefly ranked No.1 in the ICC one day Batsmen's ratings. He is currently ranked No. 2 after the series against Sri Lanka.

 Career highlights

 One-day internationals

  • Debut: vs Bangladesh, Chittagong, 2004-2005
  • Highest batting Score: Dhoni's best ODI batting score of 183* was made against Sri Lanka, Jaipur, 2005-2006

   Test Matches

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