15 years in international cricket, MS Dhoni, 2011 World Cup, 2007 World Twenty20 Cup, Sourav Ganguly, Chennai Super Kings, Indian Premier League
MS Dhoni, the creator of the ‘helicopter shot’ and powerhouse of Indian cricket, completes 15 years in international cricket. Photo: @BCCI/Twitter

MS Dhoni birthday special: ‘Captain Cool’ and his interesting records

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Former India captain MS Dhoni is celebrating his 41st birthday today (July 7). The wicketkeeper-batsman is currently in London and his wife Sakshi posted a video of the birthday bash on social media.

Dhoni, arguably one of the greatest captains in the history of the game, continues to be popular among cricket fans. His supporters have inundated social media with birthday wishes, videos, and pictures.

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The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain was at Wimbledon on July 6 to watch Rafael Nadal’s match. The official Twitter handle of Wimbledon posted a picture of Dhoni at the All England Club and it has gone viral.

The ‘Captain Cool’, who has retired from international cricket, continues to ply his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL). In IPL 15, he was back as CSK captain after handing over the reins to Ravindra Jadeja before the start of the tournament.

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Though CSK did not qualify for the playoffs this year, it was good news for the franchise and the fans that Dhoni announced that he will return to play in IPL 2023. He is likely to lead the team next year as well.

Looking back at his international career, Dhoni made his debut in 2004 and later went on to become India’s captain in all three formats of the game. He played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is for the country.

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First, he retired from Test cricket in December 2014 during the Australian tour. On August 15, 2020, a year after the ICC World Cup in England, he bid adieu to international cricket. During his illustrious career, Dhoni set many records as wicketkeeper, batsman and captain.

Here, on his 41st birthday, let us look back at some of Dhoni’s records.

  1. Dhoni is the only captain in cricket history to have won all the three ICC trophies. First, he lead India to the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa in 2007, then took the side to 2011 World Cup (ODIs) glory at home. Two years later, under his leadership, India won the Champions Trophy 2013 in England.
  2. In 2005, Dhoni hit a blistering 183 not out off 145 balls (15 fours, 10 sixes) against Sri Lanka in Jaipur. This is the highest individual score in an ODI by a wicketkeeper-batsman.
  3. Dhoni holds the record for leading India in most number of ODIs and T20Is. He led the country in 200 ODIs and 72 T20Is. Earlier, he had the record in Tests too with 60 matches but Virat Kohli surpassed him by leading in 68 Tests.
  4. Dhoni holds the Indian record for most number of catches (256) as a wicketkeeper. He also holds the Indian record for most dismissals as a stumper in all three formats. He has 438 dismissals in ODIs, 294 in ODIs and 91 in T20Is.
  5. In 2013, Dhoni became the first Indian wicketkeeper-batsman to score a double century in Test cricket. He achieved the feat against Australia in Chennai. He made 224.
  6. Dhoni is the only wicketkeeper in Test history to have led his country in most number of matches (60).
  7. Dhoni holds the world record for most stumpings in an international career. He finished with 195 stumpings in 538 matches.
  8. He is the only Indian captain to have led the taken in more than 100 ODI wins. His overall win record in the 50-over format is 110 victories in 200 games as skipper.
  9. As a Test captain, Dhoni has scored 3,454 runs. This is the highest among wicketkeeper skippers in the history of the game. Dhoni has accumulated 4,876 runs in Test cricket, the most by an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman.
  10. Dhoni, who has finished many games, holds the record for remaining not out on most occasions – 84 – in ODIs.

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