Hailing from Jharkhand, Dhoni went on to become India’s most decorated captain. His first big achievement as captain was leading India to the 2007 World T20 title in its inaugural edition. The whole Nation woke up to the phenomenon that was ‘Mahi’ as India clinched the title, beating archrivals Pakistan in the final.Four years later India clinched their second ODI World Cup title, under Dhoni’s captaincy. MSD finished off the final vs Sri Lank in style with a magnificent six at the Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011. His knock of 91 not out in the final will always be remembered as one of the finest ever played in a crunch World Cup final encounter.
Dhoni broke into the Indian ODI team in December 2004 on the back of his explosive batting but it was in his fifth ODI – against Pakistan at Visakhapatnam on April 5, 2005 – when ‘Dhoni the star’ was born, as he smashed the Pakistan attack to pulp, scoring a blitzkrieg 148.
There was no looking back for Dhoni after that match and he went on to become one of the most popular cricketers in India. In 2008, under Dhoni’s captaincy India won the CB series ODI tri-nation tournament in Australia, which was a big series win for the Men in Blue.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India also won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Dhoni in fact is the only captain in world cricket who has won all three ICC limited overs titles (T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy)
Dhoni was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), the Padma Shri (2009) and the Padma Bhushan (2018)