Before Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped into cricketing career, he excelled in badminton and football and was chosen to play at district and club level in these sports. Mahi used to play as a goalkeeper in his football team. Dhoni was sent by his football coach to play cricket for representing a local cricket club.
He made his debut in cricket by getting selected in Bihar cricket team, Jharkhand during the 1998-1999 cricket seasons as an eighteen year old.Later on, he was picked to represent India-A for a cricket tournament to Kenya in 2004. Apart from being a successful captain of Team India; he is a wicketkeeper, right hand batsman plus right hand medium paced bowler.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni grabbed spotlight of the spectators after the Zimbabwe tour and was picked for Bangladesh tournament in 2004-05. He played his first ODI opposite Bangladesh on December 23, 2004. Thereafter, he was selected for Pakistan ODI series and completed his first ever century in his fifth ODI with an excellent 148 off 123 balls.
However, he announced his arrival in International cricket with an excellent fast paced innings of 183 off just 145 balls while playing opposite Sri Lanka at SawaiMan singh Stadium in Jaipur. This particular inning broke various records and India won that game. Dhoni was declared the â€˜man of the matchâ€™as well as "man of the series"
.He made debuted his test cricket career by playing against Sri Lanka in December, 2005 and scored 30 runs in his first innings as a test cricket player. MS Dhoni also scored his maiden test century against Pakistan at Faisalabad.
From that time onwards various series followed and Dhoni kept on improving with every passing match. He was awarded the captaincy of Team India for the first ever T20 Cricket World Cup in 2007 in South Africa. Dhoni led Team India towards victory and received a lot of praises from the former players and cricket lovers. This led him to be appointed as the captain of ODI matches of Team India for the 7 match series opposite Australia in September 2007.
In the year 2011, MS Dhoni led India to its second ICC World Cup when under his captainship Team India got glorious victory over Sri Lanka in the final match played at Mumbai on 2nd April 2011. Dhoni and his team wrapped up the match in their own style with a Six over long on off bowler NuwanKulasekara.