Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s birthday is today. He became 37 on Saturday. Dhoni is considered one of Team India’s most successful captain. He has given the team many memorable wins. Let’s have a look at some interesting things that you might not remember about Dhoni’s extraordinary cricket career.
Dhoni Birthday Special: 11 Interesting Facts About Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain in the world who scored a hundred in the ODI batting at number seven and that too in December 2012 against Pakistan.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who won the World Cup 2011 final against Sri Lanka, and that cricket bat of Dhoni was sold for 72 lakh rupees.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the first cricketer from the Jharkhand to come out on the Indian map, as a new state separated from Bihar, which got a place in Team India.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his first hundred in one-day and Test career against Pakistan In both these formats, Dhoni scored 148-148 runs in 2005-2006.
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Dhoni scored his first Test century in Faisalabad in January 2006 in Pakistan. This is also the fastest century in any Test played by an Indian wicketkeeper.
In the captaincy of Dhoni, Team India made an Indian record of making the highest runs in an innings of Test cricket. During the India tour of Sri Lanka in 2009, Team India had scored 726 runs (inning declared) on 9 wickets.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s name in Test cricket as a wicketkeeper-captain is the world’s highest record for stumping. He has stumped 18 batsmen in the 26 test matches he won from 2008 to 2013.
In the name of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has given Team India two World Cups and a Champions Trophy, is also the most unsuccessful Indian captain on foreign soil. India has lost 11 matches in the captaincy of Dhoni on foreign soil.
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In the captaincy of Dhoni, India defeated Australia by a huge margin of 320 runs on October 21, 2008, in Test cricket. It is also India’s biggest victory in terms of runs in this Test.
Dhoni is India’s most successful wicket-keeper in Test cricket. He has so far dismissed 248 batsmen.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a 218-run partnership for Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene against Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene against Asia XI in June 2007, which is a world record. Both of them also scored a century in this partnership.