Captain Cool, Great Finisher, Legend: 10 key facts as Dhoni turns 39 today

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First Century

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It was on April 5, 2005, when Dhoni had registered his first international century. The former skipper registered the feat against Pakistan in the second ODI of the six-match series. The match was played at the Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.

ODI debut

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Dhoni had made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004. However, he did not have a good outing as he scored just 19 runs in the three-match series. 

ODI records

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Dhoni has so far played 350 ODIs with his highest score being 183 against Sri Lanka.

World Cups

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2011 World Cup

He remains the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).

Dhoni Review System

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He is known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the 'Decision-Review System's' name to 'Dhoni-Review System'.

Test Retirement

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Wriddhiman Saha plays a shot during 2nd day of 2nd Test Match against New Zealand at Eden Garden in Kolkata

In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Tests and gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.

Captaincy handover

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In 2017, he handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli in the 50-over format. However, the wicket-keeper enjoys a great camaraderie with the latter and the duo have been seen often taking decisions together on the field.

Numero Uno

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CSK rejoice with the IPL 2018 trophy on May 27

Under Dhoni's leadership, India managed to attain the number one ranking in Test cricket. His Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has also won the tournament thrice under his leadership.

The Covid impact

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Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL's opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians. However, the tournament has been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Last outing

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2019 World Cup

The 39-year-old has been currently enjoying some time away from the game. He last played competitive cricket during the 2019 World Cup.


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