ක්‍රීඩා දැනුම

The Phoenix who rose from ashes in the World of Cricket

It was the 42nd over of the 1st ODI between India & Bangladesh which was played at MA Aziz Stadium on 23rd of December 2004 & after India had lost their 5th wicket, a 23 year old player who was making his ODI debut was at the crease. But alas! Within a couple of seconds, he was sent back to the pavilion, for a duck. That youngster was none other than Mahendra Singh Dhoni who went on to become one of the best players the game of Cricket has ever seen & the only captain to lift all the 3 ICC trophies which were there during the time which he played.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is now fondly referred to as MSD, Mahi & Captain Cool was born on 07th of July, 1981 in a small village called Ranchi in the state of Bihar (now known as Jharkand) into a lower middle class family. 

During his teenage days, he was a goalkeeper for his school football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, MS Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando Cricket club (1995–1998). Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well. In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Mr. Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. Playing for CCL, he got a chance to bat up the order. He grabbed the opportunity and scored centuries and helped CCL move to the A division. 

Within one year, MS Dhoni moved from playing in CCL to the Bihar Ranji team. Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season, as an eighteen-year-old.

He did not have an impressive 2000\01 Ranjhi trophy series apart from the single century he scored & also he had a string of low scores during the 2001\2002 Ranjhi trophy season. He managed to score a couple of half centuries during the 2002-2003 Ranjhi trophy and Damodhar trophy & he was recognized for his hard hitting batting style.

MS Dhoni’s talent was discovered through the BCCI’s initiation called Training Research Development Wing (TRDW) which aimed at spotting small town talent. Through this, MS Dhoni immediately caught the eyes of the selectors and was sent on to an A tour to Kenya where he showcased his talent and was able to secure a place in the Indian national team.

MS Dhoni’s International career got off to a not so good start, with a duck in his first ODI and with a string of low scores that followed. However, the selectors and the then- Indian captain Sourav Ganguly decided to retain him in the team and MS Dhoni repaid their faith with an exhibition of his extraordinary performance in his fifth ODI against Pakistan, who certainly didn’t see the smacking coming, as he scored 148 at Vishakhapatnam.

Later in 2005, he went one step further scoring a brutal 183* in Jaipur against Sri Lanka which showed his ability to hit the ball all over the park with monstrous power which till date is his highest ODI score & was awarded the Man of the Series award for his efforts. He had some impressive performances & he overtook Ricky Ponting to be number one in the ICC ODI Rankings for batsmen on 20th April 2006 becoming the fastest batsman to do so, in just 42 innings even though it lasted only for a week.

He made his test debut on 02nd of December 2005 & also made his T20 debut on 01st of December 2006. MS Dhoni was selected to lead a young Indian side for the Inaugural World T20 in 2007 & he proved himself as a brilliant captain in his very first assignment itself leading the Indian side to become world T20 Champions in 2007. MS Dhoni gave some brilliant performances throughout 2008 & 2009 & also MS Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for a couple of months in 2009. MS Dhoni led the Indian side in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 & led his team to become the Champions of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. He went onto become the first and only captain to have won all the ICC trophies by winning the 2013 ICC Champions trophy

MS Dhoni led the Indian team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 & he became the 1st Indian captain to win all the group stage matches & led his team to the semi-finals but was knocked out of the tournament in the semi-final. MS Dhoni when asked about his new-born daughter during a press conference during the 2015 world cup. He said “I am on national duty. Everything else can wait.” This goes onto say his love for his country and how passionate he is about serving his country. 

MS Dhoni is also famous for his lightning-quick glove work & he holds not only the record for the most stumping in International Cricket but also the fastest stumping which took him only 0.08 seconds.

MS Dhoni has also led his team Chennai Super Kings to win the Indian Premier League thrice in 2010, 2011 & also during their comeback season in 2018. MS Dhoni is known to be one of the best observers of the game and his ability to read situations and to make those decisions maintaining a calm and cool composure during tough times is appreciated even by legends of the game. He is one of those captains who takes the blame on him when the team has a bad day and who never fails to give credit to his teammates when they do well.

MS Dhoni’s last ODI was on 9th of July 2019 in the ICC world cup semi-final against New Zealand where he was run out just like his Debut. He chose the Indian Independence Day(August 15th) 2020 to announce his retirement from international Cricket. MS Dhoni is married to Sakshi Rawat & has a little daughter with her. 

MS Dhoni might have retired from International Cricket but he will forever remain to be one of the best finishes of the game, a cool captain who very well knew to analyze situations to perfection, a lightning quick wicket keeper & a very humble human being and his life story from a ticket collector in indian railways to a quintessential captain will continue to inspire generations to come.

Design by – Shanaka Vishwantha

Reference : 

Image :

 

  • Fascinated
  • Happy
  • Sad
  • Angry
  • Bored
  • Afraid

About the author

අෆ්ෆාදා අව්ෆර්

දෙවන වසර
කොළඹ විශ්ව විද්‍යාලයීය පරිගණක අධ්‍යනායතනය

Leave a Comment