Hearing the name, M.S. Dhoni, the first through that comes to your mind is ‘a cool, calm and unperturbed person’ who does not show his emotions whether it is success or failure as captain of Indian team. Though he, as a captain, has steered his team through many matches, he tackles every match with his calm composure.
1. His Early Life
At DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, he proved his excellence in badminton and football to the level of participating in district-level games. His passion for the bat turned him to be a wicket keeper that took him to perform well at under -16 category and later started pursuing it after the 10th grade.
2. Baby Steps Into Career
His early cricket experiences began at Central Coal Field Limited where Deval Sahay motivated him through various schemes for him to improve upon his six that moved the CCL to the next level. His dedication and hard work prompted Deval Sahay to recommend for Dhoni to be selected into Bihar team. There was no looking back as he progressed from CCL to Ranji team.
3. Debut at Ranji Trophy
He was 18 when he stepped into Ranji Trophy tournament making a score of half a century against Assam cricket team. This was followed by scoring a maiden century at the match between Bihar and Bengal in early 2000. Hereafter his journey commenced with hitting centuries.
4. Recognised for Low Order Contribution
Dhoni started being recognised for his half-centuries as seen in Deodhar trophy, Ranji trophy, Ranji ODI tournament and Duleep trophy. His shots were recognised by the then captain of Bengal team, Prakash Poddar, through town talent-spotting initiative, who recommended him to the National Cricket Academy.
5. Entering ODI
His ability as being young wicket-keeper/batsman pushed him to be among the ranks as Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik. This allowed him to participate in Bangladesh tour, Pakistan ODI series, and Sri Lanka bilateral ODI series.
6. There was no Stopping
Having a few setbacks, he set himself the target of crossing the highest score that he achieved. He came to be known for breaking records of the highest individual score, highest run aggregated that landed him with a B-Grade contract with BCCI. His consistent performances at ODI series prompted him to replace Ricky Ponting.
7. Rise to Position
Named as Vice-captain for ODI team who were to participate in S.Africa series and England matches. His grading changed from ‘B’ to ‘A’ and became the captain of the India team for World Twenty20 matches. During this phase, he equalled with Adam Gilchrist international record and won World cup match against Pakistan making him the second captain after Kapil Dev. He maintained his top position among the ODI Batsman rankings that are declared by ICC.