Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Profile

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the current captain of the Indian ODI and Twenty20 team.

updated: August 29, 2008 13:51 IST
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the current captain of the Indian ODI and Twenty20 team.

Born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand, Dhoni entered the ODI team through the ranks of junior and India A cricket teams to represent the national team. He made his debut in the Bihar cricket team during the 1998-99 cricket season. He then represented India-A for a tour to Kenya in 2004.

Called Mahi by his friends and fans, this right-handed batsman and wicket- keeper came into limelight when India won the ICC World T20 in 2007 and CB Series of 2007-8, under his captaincy.

On the basis of good performance against the Pakistan-A team in a tri-nation series, Dhoni was selected in the national team.

In 2005, Dhoni made his highest score of 148 against Pakistan in his fifth ODI match. This was also the highest score made by a wicketkeeper in India.

In the same year, Dhoni broke his own record for the highest score and scored 183 (not out) in an ODI against Sri Lanka in the second innings. It was Dhoni's continuous success in the ODI format that made him earn a secure position in the test team.

By the end of the 2005-06 season, Dhoni became the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI ratings for some time leaving likes of Rickey Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar behind. He regained the top spot on Thursday after his stupendous show in the Asia Cup and Sri Lanka series.

However, his splendid form could not stay for a long period and dipped in 2006. India could not clinch ICC Champions trophy, DLF Cup, West Indies and South Africa series.

Though Dhoni regained his form in early 2007 in the series against West Indies and Sri Lanka at home. But the form failed to make its mark as India was knocked out in the first round of World Cup 2007.

Dhoni never looked back after the World Cup and won the Man of the series award in the ODI series defeating Bangladesh. In a tour to England, Dhoni was named vice-captain of the ODI team.

He was appointed captain of the Twenty20 squad for the World Championship in South Africa. He guided the team towards an exhilarating win that also carved out a leader for the team. In September 2007, when Rahul Dravid resigned as captain, Dhoni was handed over the reins of the ODIs.

He proved the selectors' decision right by winning India's first tri-series win in Australia. In the Asia Cup, India finished as the runner-up to Sri Lanka. But he avenged the Asia Cup defeat and led his side to the first ever ODI series win in Sri Lanka. He led from the front and regained the number one position in the ICC rankings.

With time, Dhoni has become mature in his game and responsible enough to meet the need of the situation.