MS Dhoni's 33rd birthday: 33 facts about the Indian captain

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Updated: Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 10:52 [IST]
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Bangalore, July 7: Mahendra Singh Dhoni is celebrating his 33rd birthday today. More than the celebrations of this special occasion on Monday, Dhoni's mind will be occupied with the first Test against England which starts in two days' time in Nottingham.

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His records in the shorter formats make Dhoni one of the greatest captains in the history of cricket. He is also one of the best finishers in limited overs version.

MS Dhoni

On his 33rd birthday, take a look at 33 facts on Dhoni

1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born in Ranchi on July 7, 1981

2. Dhoni was a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) with the Indian Railways

3. Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in 1999-2000 as an 18-year-old

4. Dhoni's international debut was in a ODI game against Bangladesh on December 23, 2004

5. Dhoni's Test debut was against Sri Lanka on December 2, 2005

6. Dhoni was appointed as India captain in 2007 for the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa

7. India won World T20 in 2007 under his captaincy

8. Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all three ICC global titles - World T20 2007, 2011 World Cup (50 overs) and 2013 Champions Trophy (50 overs)

9. Under Dhoni's leadership, India became the number one Test side in ICC Rankings in December 2009

10. Dhoni holds the record in ODIs for the highest score by a wicketkeeper - 183 not out which he hit against Sri Lanka in October, 2005

11. Dhoni has won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award, India's highest honour for achievement in sports. He was the winner for the season 2007-08

12. Dhoni was named the ICC ODI Player of the Year twice - 2008 and 2009

13. Dhoni was part of ICC World ODI XI for five times in a row - 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

14. He was part of ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013

15. He won the ICC LG Peoples' Choice Award in 2013

16. Dhoni loves motorbikes. He owns over a dozen of bikes. His first motorbike was Yamaha Rajdoot

17. Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 24 victories

18. Dhoni holds the record for most Tests as India skipper - 53 so far

19. Dhoni holds the Indian record for wicketkeepers in Tests with 263 dismissals (226 catches, 37 stumpings)

20. Dhoni is also India's record-holding stumper in ODIs - 298 dismissals (224 catches, 80 stumpings)

21. Dhoni owns a motorbike racing team named Mahi Racing Team India which participates in World Supersport championships

22. Dhoni's India ODI jersey number is 7, same as his birth date

23. Dhoni has his own signature brand of perfumes - '7 By MS Dhoni'

24. Last month (June, 2014), Dhoni was named in the world's top 100 highest paid athletes list by Forbes. He was ranked 22nd with a total earnings of $30 million

25. Last year, Dhoni signed a bat sponsorship deal with Spartan Sports and Amit University for a combined worth of a record $4 million (Rs 25 crores)

26. Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni holds the joint record with Gautam Gambhir of winning two Indian Premier League titles (2010, 2011)

27. Dhoni has a habit of collecting stumps after winning matches. He has a big collection and plans to build a separate room for them after retirement

28. Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat on July 4, 2010

29. Before playing cricket, Dhoni was a goalkeeper of his school's football team

30. In 2011, Dhoni was conferred with the rank of honorary Lieutenant Colonel by the Territorial Army

31. In 2012, Dhoni was awared an honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in Britain

32. Dhoni holds the record for highest Test score by an Indian captain - 224 (Vs Australia in 2013). His 224 is also the highest by a Test wicketkeeper-captain in history

33. Dhoni is the first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 4,000 runs in Test cricket. He holds several other cricket records


Story first published:  Monday, July 7, 2014, 16:03 [IST]
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