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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 43rd birthday Today

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 43rd birthday Today

Won 3 ICC titles for India; Record of most stumpings, captaincy in most matches

Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 43 today. Dhoni celebrated his birthday with his wife at midnight and cut a cake. His wife Sakshi Dhoni has posted a video of this on social media.

Born on 7 July 1983, Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020, but he continues to play IPL. Dhoni is the only captain to win 3 ICC trophies for India under his captaincy. This record still stands.

On 29 June, India won the T20 World Cup for the second time under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Team India won the World Cup of this format for the first time under Dhoni's captaincy 17 years ago.

Stopped playing Tests in 2014

On April 11, 2008, Dhoni captained for the first time in Tests against South Africa in Kanpur. This series of 3 Tests was drawn 1-1. Dhoni played his last Test against Australia in Melbourne on December 26, 2014. As soon as this match was drawn, Dhoni said goodbye to this format. India won 27 Tests under his captaincy. He is the second most successful Test captain of Team India.

First Indian wicketkeeper to score a double century

On December 2, 2005, Dhoni made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in Chennai. He scored 30 runs. In 2013, on the same ground, he scored 224 runs against Australia. Which was the first double century by an Indian player as a wicketkeeper. Dhoni scored 4876 runs in 90 Tests.

Won the first T20 World Cup in 2007

In 2007, ICC started the first World Cup of T20 format. India did not send its senior players in the tournament. The command of the young Team India was handed over to MS Dhoni. Dhoni led the team very well and also won the trophy for the country.

India played the last World Cup in 2016 under Dhoni's captaincy, but the team was eliminated after losing the semi-finals to West Indies. Dhoni captained T20 for the last time in 2016 on the US ground against West Indies. Dhoni captained India in the most number of 72 T20s. This record has not been broken till now. Rohit Sharma retired after captaining in 61 T20s.

Could score only 2 fifties in 98 T20s

Dhoni played his first T20 against South Africa on 1 December 2006. This was also India's first T20. In this format, he played the role of a finisher right from the beginning. That is why even after playing 98 T20s, he could score only 2 fifties. On 27 February 2019, Dhoni played his last T20 match against Australia. India lost in this.

Left ODI captaincy in 2017

In 2007, India was eliminated from the group stage of the ODI World Cup. Rahul Dravid left the captaincy of this format. Due to this, Dhoni, who won the T20 World Cup, also got the captaincy of the ODI format. Dhoni captained the ODI for the first time in Bengaluru against Australia.

Under Dhoni's captaincy, India won the 2011 ODI World Cup and won the ICC title of ODI format after 28 years. Dhoni did not stop here, he also won the Champions Trophy title for India in 2013. This also proved to be the last ICC title of his career. After the ODI series against New Zealand in 2016, Dhoni handed over the captaincy of all three formats to Virat Kohli.

Got run out in the last ODI, India lost

On 23 December 2004, Dhoni made his ODI and international debut against Bangladesh. He could not even open the account and was run out. However, Team India gave him further opportunities, which Dhoni capitalized on very well. After starting at number-3 position, Dhoni played most of the matches in his career at the finisher's position. Despite this, he scored more than 10 thousand runs.

In the ODI World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2019, Dhoni was run out after scoring 50 runs off 72 balls. India lost the match by 18 runs and the team's hopes of winning the World Cup also ended. Dhoni did not play any international match after this match and announced his international retirement through a social media post on August 15, 2020.

Won 5 titles for Chennai in IPL

MS Dhoni not only won 3 ICC titles for India under his captaincy in international cricket, his captaincy was also excellent in IPL. He captained the CSK and RPS teams in 226 matches. Chennai won 5 titles under his captaincy. After the start of IPL 2024, Dhoni also handed over the captaincy of CSK to Rituraj Gaikwad.

Still not retired from IPL

Dhoni has been playing IPL since 2008, he has not yet retired from this tournament. So far he has scored 5243 runs in 264 IPL matches. These include 2 fifties. Dhoni has not yet said goodbye to IPL, so it is possible that at the age of 43, he can also be seen playing the 2025 IPL.

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