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Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Full Name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born: July 7 1981 , Ranchi, India
Country: India
Other teams: Asia XI, Bihar, Chennai Super Kings, Jharkhand
Test debut: India v Sri Lanka, Chennai, 2-6 Dec 2005
ODI debut: Bangladesh v India, Chittagong, 23 Dec 2004
T20 debut: South Africa v India, Johannesburg, 1 Dec 2006
Batting Style: Right-hand bat


A devastating batsman and highly dependable if slightly unorthodox wicketkeeper, Dhoni will go down as one of the most successful captains in India’s history. Never afraid to make bold decisions while leading his side, Dhoni skippered his country to World Twenty20 glory in 2007, the top of the Test rankings for 18 months from the end of 2009, and picked up the World Cup in 2011. Renowned for his helicopter shot, Dhoni is one of the great limited-overs batsmen – he averages over 50 in ODIs – but in the longest form could not prevent India falling away after a 4-0 series defeat in England i...

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