Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most reputed and famous Indian cricketers who served as the former captain as well as wicket keeper of the Indian National Cricket Team. However, he was and still a gem to the Indian cricket team even in the hard situations. He made his debut in the One Day International (ODI) in December 2004 which was played against Bangladesh. After then, he debuted in test cricket against Sri Lanka.

Family Background

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is well known by his nick name Mahi, born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Coming to his parents, his father name is Pan Singh Dhoni and mother is Devaki Devi with his two siblings namely Jayanti (sister) and Brother Narendra Singh Dhoni. Besides, his family belonged to Almora district of Uttarakhand where he studied at the DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir School in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Apart from his family ground, when he was in school, he used to play badminton and football and was the goalkeeper of his football team.

Awards

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards which include the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (he was the first player to win the award twice and his record isn’t beaten yet), then he got the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour in 2018. Moreover, he was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Plus, he has been selected a record of 8 times in the ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. Apart from these awards, the Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Mahendra Singh Dhoni on 1 November 2011 and become the second Indian after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.