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The super player in the cricket world is Jack Kallis and His International Career

"The greatest popular player of South Africa is Jacques Kallis and Career Achievement"

Jacques Henry Kallis
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Personal information
Full name Jacques Henry Kallis
Born 16 October 1975 (age 35)(1975-10-16)
Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa
Nickname Jakes
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right arm fast-medium
Role All-rounder
International information
National side South Africa
Test debut (cap 262) 14 December 1995 v England
Last Test 20 November 2010 v Pakistan
ODI debut (cap 38) 9 January 1996 v England
Last ODI 8 November 2010 v Pakistan
ODI shirt no. 3
Domestic team information
Years Team
1993 – present Western Province / Cape Cobras
1999 Glamorgan
1997 Middlesex
2008- Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I
Matches 142 307 16
Runs scored 11,449 11,002 512
Batting average 55.84 45.84 34.13
100s/50s 38/54 17/80 0/4
Top score 201* 139 73
Balls bowled 18,097 10,270 186
Wickets 267 259 5
Bowling average 31.90 31.90 45.80
5 wickets in innings 5 2 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0
Best bowling 6/54 5/30 2/20
Catches/stumpings 161/– 116/– 6/–
Source: Cricinfo, 26 November 2010

Jacques Henry Kallis (born 16 October 1975 in Pinelands, Cape Town, South Africa) is a South African cricketer. As an all-rounder he is a formidable right-handed batsman and fast-medium swingbowler. He is the only cricketer in the history of the game to hold more than 10,000 runs and 250 wickets in both one day and Test match cricket. From October-December 2007 he produced a streak of five centuries in four Test Matches; he has 38 in total. He was named Leading Cricketer in the World in the 2008 Wisden for his performances in 2007 in addition to being the "ICC Test Player of the Year" and ICC Player of the Year in 2005. He has been described by Kevin Pietersen and Daryll Cullinan as the greatest cricketer to play the game.
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The senior All-rounder (2008-present):

In 2008 more responsibility was placed on Kallis as an all-rounder due to the retirement of Shaun Pollock. Despite the pressure an all-rounder began to emerge in Wayne Parnell who did some good lower-order batting. Kallis endured an uncharacteristically poor 2008 with the bat, averaging well under thirty for much of it. Against the ninth-ranked Bangladesh, he averaged just 25.75 in four Test outings. He also played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, where he averaged 16.85 runs per innings with the bat and 55.5 runs per wicket with the ball at an economy rate of 9.65  in the 7 matches he played before he was dropped.

Injuries but continued greatness & records-

Kallis then participated on the tour of the West Indies in which he scored his 35th test cricket century. Kallis injured his neck during the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore he missed the Twenty20 and ODI series against Zimbabwe but returned for the ODI series against Pakistan in which he scored 66 before having to retire hurt with cramps. He did however manage to lay the foundations for an eight-wicket victory. In the same ODI Jacques Kallis scored his 129th ODI six. The most by a South African in the format. He overtook the record from Herschelle Gibbs. Kallis however did pickup an injury and was a doubtful starter for the second ODI. In December 2010, On the 3rd day of the first test against India Kallis scored his maiden double century finishing on 201* not out.

He is very happy in his won career he always try to do better something in his game so this is help to him get anything from any where.

Home and away series against Australia (2008–09):

South Africa toured Australia for a three-match Test series and five-match ODI series starting in December 2008. The tourists had a successful 9–2 Test win-loss ratio in 2008; however, Australia had just come off a 2–0 away series defeat against India, and had a 5–3 ratio for the calendar year. Prior to the series, Kallis had a batting average of 38.32 in 18 Tests against the number one ranked team, substantially lower than his overall average of 55.06. In spark of an average of 124.50 in 12 Tests against lowly ranked Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, former Australia fast-bowler Rodney Hogg labeled the all-rounder "a flat-track bully, who dishes it out to the minnows like Bangladesh and Zimbabwe but goes missing against the Australians." In the First Test starting on 17 December, Kallis scored 63 in South Africa's first innings, before he was dismissed by Mitchell Johnson, in the midst of a bowling spell consisting of 5/2 in 20 balls. After failing to make a breakthrough in Australia's first innings, Kallis took 3/24 in their second, while completing four catches in the match. He then scored 57, while being involved in a 124 run partnership with AB de Villiers, as South Africa chased down 414, the second-highest fourth-innings run-chase in Test history. In the second Test in Melbourne starting on Boxing Day, Kallis struggled to be potent in Australia's first innings, taking 1/55. While making a start in his teams first dig, he managed only 26, before taking 2/57 when the home-side batted again. Chasing just 183, Kallis was not required to bat, as South Africa completed their first Test series victory in Australia. In Australia's 103 run Third Test victory in Sydney, Kallis struggled, taking 1/54 and 0/13 with the ball, while scoring 37 and four with the bat.

The win was South Africa's 11th in a year in which they drew with India in India, defeated England in England, Australia in Australia and also recorded series wins over West Indies and Bangladesh. Kallis featured in all of those matches and remains an integral part of the champion side's set-up.

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Scholarship Foundation-

The Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation was established in Kallis' benefit year with the aim of combining the academic and life skills programmes of existing school structures with funding and mentoring support from Jacques Kallis. In so doing, the Foundation with its partners, hopes to provide talented youngsters from all walks of life the opportunity to reach their full sporting and academic potential .

Currently, the Jacques Kallis Scholarship Foundation sponsors 2 boys from Pretoria Boys High School, 2 from Maritzburg College and 2 from Selborne College. Jacques Kallis partakes in annual fundraising events for his Foundation, to which he invites fellow South African celebrities and cricketers like Mark Boucher and Andre Nel.


Test Centuries Of Jacques Kallis-

Jacques Kallis's Test Centuries

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 101 7  Australia Melbourne, Australia Melbourne Cricket Ground 1997
[2] 132 17  England Manchester, England Old Trafford 1998
[3] 110 23  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 1999
[4] 148* 26  New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand AMI Stadium 1999
[5] 115 29  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 1999
[6] 105 33  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2000
[7] 160 40  New Zealand Bloemfontein, South Africa Basin Reserve 2000
[8] 157* 51  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2001
[9] 189* 52  Zimbabwe Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Bulawayo Athletic Club 2001
[10] 139* 62  Bangladesh Potchefstroom, South Africa North West Cricket Stadium 2002
[11] 105 65  Pakistan Durban,South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2002
[12] 158 72  West Indies Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2003
[13] 177 73  West Indies Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2003
[14] 130* 74  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2004
[15] 130* 75  West Indies Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2004
[16] 150* 76  New Zealand Hamilton, New Zealand Seddon Park 2004
[17] 121 82  India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 2004
[18] 162 84  England Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2004
[19] 149 85  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2005
[20] 136* 87  England Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2005
[21] 109* 90  West Indies Georgetown, Guyana Bourda 2005
[22] 147 93  West Indies St John's, Antigua Antigua Recreation Ground 2005
[23] 111 96  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2006
[24] 114 98  Australia Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2006
[25] 155 108  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium 2007
[26] 100*
[27] 107* 109  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2007
[28] 186 110  New Zealand Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2007
[29] 131 111  New Zealand Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2007
[30] 132 118  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2008
[31] 102 131  Australia Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2009
[32] 120 132  England Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2009
[33] 108 134  England Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2010
[34] 173 136  India Nagpur, India VCA Stadium 2010
[35] 110 139  West Indies Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis Warner Park 2010
[36] 135 141  Pakistan Dubai, United Arab Emirates Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2010
[37] 105 142  Pakistan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium 2010
[38] 201* 143  India Centurion, South Africa SuperSport Park 2010


 One Day International Centuries-

Jacques Kallis's One Day International Centuries

Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
[1] 111 32  New Zealand Perth, Australia WACA Ground 1998
[2] 109* 37  Pakistan Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 1998
[3] 113* 50  Sri Lanka Dhaka, Bangladesh Bangabandhu National Stadium 1998
[4] 100 59  New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1999
[5] 100 64  New Zealand Auckland, New Zealand Eden Park 1999
[6] 100* 117  Sri Lanka Paarl, South Africa Boland Bank Park 2001
[7] 107 123  West Indies St George's, Grenada Queen's Park 2001
[8] 104* 141  Australia Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2002
[9] 107 175  England London, England The Oval 2003
[10] 125* 176  Zimbabwe Canterbury, England St Lawrence Ground 2003
[11] 109* 186  West Indies Cape Town, South Africa Sahara Park Newlands 2004
[12] 139 190  West Indies Johannesburg, South Africa Wanderers Stadium 2004
[13] 101 201  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka Sinhalese Sports Club Ground 2004
[14] 119 239  India Durban, South Africa Sahara Stadium Kingsmead 2006
[15] 128* 248  Netherlands Basseterre, St Kitts Warner Park 2007
[16] 121* 272  West Indies Port Elizabeth, South Africa St George's Park 2008
[17] 104 298  India Ahmedabad, India Sardar Patel Stadium 2010


Jacques Kallis has achieved the following career best rankings in the Cricket ratings as determined by the International Cricket Council 3:
  • Test Batting: career best 1st; career high points 935
  • Test Bowling: career best 6th; career high points 742
  • Test All-rounders: career best 1st; career high points 615
  • ODI Batting: career best 1st; career high points 817
  • ODI Bowling: career best 11th; career high points 641
  • ODI All-rounders: career best 1st

From Wikipedia-

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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Personal information
Full name Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Born 7 July 1981 (age 29)(1981-07-07)
Ranchi, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Nickname Mahi
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Batting style Right-hand batsman
Bowling style Right-hand medium
Role Wicket-keeper, India captain
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 251) 2 December 2005 v Sri Lanka
Last Test 9 October 2010 v Australia
ODI debut (cap 158) 23 December 2004 v Bangladesh
Last ODI 20 October 2010 v Australia
ODI shirt no. 7
Domestic team information
Years Team
1999/00 – 2004/05 Bihar
2004/05- Jharkhand
2008– Chennai Super Kings
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC List A
Matches 46 171 87 227
Runs scored 2,556 5,733 4,718 7,735
Batting average 41.90 50.73 38.04 49.90
100s/50s 4/18 7/37 7/32 13/48
Top score 148 183* 148 183*
Balls bowled 12 12 42 39
Wickets 0 1 0 2
Bowling average 14.00 - 18.00
5 wickets in innings - - - -
10 wickets in match - - - -
Best bowling 0/1 - - 1/14
Catches/stumpings 119/20 170/55 227/39 237/70
 Source: CricketArchive, 7 July 2010

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: (Hindi: महेन्द्र सिंह धोनी) (born July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar) (now in Jharkhand) is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian national cricket team.

Initially recognized as an extravagantly flamboyant and destructive batsman, Dhoni has come to be regarded as one of the coolest heads to captain the Indian ODI side. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007–08 , and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2008 in which they beat Australia 2–0. He also captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in the recent IPL 2010. He is now captain of India in all three forms of the game and also led the team to their first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. Dhoni also led team India to number one position in ICC rankings in test cricket for the first time. Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour in 2009. As of January 2010, Dhoni is the highest ranked ODI batsman on the ICC Rankings List. Dhoni was named as captain of Wisden's first-ever Dream Test XI Team in 2009 and has topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers compiled by Forbes. He was named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams for 2009.

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Man of the Series Awards-

S No Series (Opponents) Season Series Performance
1 Sri Lanka in India ODI Series 2005/06 346 Runs (7 Matches & 5 Innings, 1x100, 1x50); 6 Catches & 3 Stumpings
2 India in Bangladesh ODI Series 2007 127 Runs (2 Matches & 2 Innings, 1x50); 1 Catches & 2 Stumpings
3 India in Sri Lanka ODI Series 2008 193 Runs (5 Matches & 5 Innings, 2x50); 3 Catches & 1 Stumping
4 India in West Indies ODI Series 2009 182 Runs (4 Matches & 3 Innings with an average of 91); 4 Catches & 1 Stumping
Man of the Match Awards:
S. No Opponent Venue Season Match Performance
1 Pakistan            Vishakapatnam 2004/05 148 (123b, 15x4, 4x6); 2 Catches
2 Sri Lanka             Jaipur 2005/06 183* (145b, 15x4, 10x6); 1 Catch
3 Pakistan              Lahore 2005/06 72 (46b, 12x4); 3 Catches
4 Bangladesh              Mirpur 2007 91* (106b, 7x4); 1 Stumping
5 Africa XI             Chennai 2007 139* (97b, 15x4, 5x6); 3 Stumpings
6 Australia           Chandigarh 2007 50* ( 35 b, 5x4 1x6); 2 Stumpings
7 Pakistan           Guwahati 2007 63, 1 Stumping
8 Sri Lanka           Karachi 2008 67, 2 Catches
9 Sri Lanka           Colombo (RPS) 2008 76, 2 Catches
10 New Zealand        McLean Park, Napier 2009 84*, 1 Catch & 1 Stumping
11 West Indies      Beausejour Stadium, St. Lucia 2009 46*, 2 Catches & 1 Stumping
12 Australia             Vidarbha Cricket Association     Stadium, Nagpur 2009 124, 1 Catches, 1 Stumping & 1 Runout
13 Bangladesh            Mirpur 2010 101* (107b, 9x4)


Test cricket-

Test Performance Of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
Test career records by opposition
# Opponents Matches Runs Average High Score 100s 50s Catches Stumpings
1 Australia Australia 8 448 34.46 92 0 4 18 6
2 Bangladesh Bangladesh 2 104 104.00 51* 0 1 6 1
3 EnglandEngland 8 397 33.08 92 0 4 24 3
4 New Zealand New Zealand 2 155 77.50 56* 0 2 11 1
5 Pakistan Pakistan 5 323 64.60 148 1 2 9 1
6 South Africa South Africa 7 218 27.25 132* 1 1 6 1
7 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 6 363 60.50 110 2 1 15 1
8 West Indies Cricket Board West Indies 4 168 24.00 69 0 1 13 4
Total 42 2176 40.29 148 4 16 102 18
Test centuries:
Test centuries
# Runs Match Against Stadium City/Country Year
1 148 5 Pakistan Iqbal Stadium Faisalabad, Pakistan 2006
2 110 38 Sri Lanka Sardar Patel Stadium Ahmedabad, India 2009
3 100* 40 Sri Lanka Brabourne Stadium Mumbai, India 2009
4 132* 42 South Africa Eden Gardens Kolkata, India 2010
Man of the Match Awards:
S No    Opponent     Venue         Season      Match Performance
1       Australia       Mohali         2008     92 & 68*

Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali,(now the school is known as JVM , Shyamli,Ranchi) Ranchi,Jharkhand where he initially excelled in badminton and football and was selected at district and club level in these sports.Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club (1995–1998). Based on his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship and he performed well. Dhoni focused on cricket after his 10th standard.

Dhoni married Sakshi (née Rawat) on July 04, 2010. Sakshi Dhoni, a Kolkata girl, is studying hotel management and was working as a trainee at the Taj Bengal when the two of them met two years ago. The wedding stumped the media and the fans as it took place only a day after the couple got engaged. Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu, a close friend of Dhoni, was quick to inform the media that the wedding was planned for months and was not a spur of the moment decision.

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 Indian Premier League-

M.S.Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for 1.5 Million USD. This made him the most expensive player in the IPL for the first season Auctions which was closely followed by Andrew Symonds. Dhoni is the present captain of the Chennai Super Kings team.

ODI career-

ODI Career of Dhoni. Brown line indicates 10 match average while the orange line indicates career average progression.
The Indian team in the 2000s saw the use of Rahul Dravid as the wicket-keeper to ensure that the wicket-keeper spot didn't lack in batting talent. The Indian cricket establishment also saw the entry of wicket-keeper/batsmen from the junior ranks with talents like Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik – both India U-19 Captains in the test squads. With Dhoni making a mark in the India-A squad, he was picked in the ODI squad for the Bangladesh tour in 2004/05. Dhoni did not have a great start to his ODI career, getting run out for a duck on debut. In spite of an average series against Bangladesh, Dhoni was picked for the Pakistan ODI series. In the second match of the series, Dhoni in his fifth one-day international, scored 148 in Vishakapatnam off only 123 deliveries. Dhoni's 148 erased the earlier record for the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper, a record that he would re-write before the end of the year.

Dhoni had few batting opportunities in the first two games of the Sri Lankan bilateral ODI series (October–November 2005) and was promoted to No. 3 in the third ODI at Sawai Mansingh Stadium (Jaipu). Sri Lanka had set India a target of 299 after a Kumar Sangakkara century and in reply, India lost Tendulkar early. Dhoni was promoted to accelerate the scoring and ended the game with an unbeaten 183 off 145 balls, winning the game for India – an innings described in Wisden Almanack (2006) as 'Uninhibited, yet anything but crude'. The innings set various records including the highest Individual score in ODI cricket in the second innings, a record that still stands. Dhoni ended the series with the highest run aggregate (346) and was awarded the Man of the series award for his efforts. In December 2005, Dhoni was signed by BCCI to a B-grade contract, skipping the initial C-grade level due to his performance on the cricketing field.

Dhoni bowling in the nets. He rarely bowls at international level.
India scored 328 in 50 overs with Dhoni contributing 68 in their first match of 2006 against Pakistan. However the team finished poorly, scoring just 43 runs in the last eight overs and lost the match due to Duckworth-Lewis method. In the third match of the series, Dhoni came in with India in a precarious situation and scored 72 runs off just 46 balls that included 13 boundaries to help India take a 2–1 lead in the series. In recognition of his consistent ODI performances, Dhoni overtook Ricky Ponting as number one in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen on 20 April 2006. His reign lasted just a week as Adam Gilchrist's performance against Bangladesh moved him to the top spot. The final match of the series had a repeat performance as Dhoni scored 77 runs off 56 balls to enable India win the series 4–1.

Two canceled series in Sri Lanka, one due to the withdrawal of South Africa from the Unitech Cup due to security concerns and the replacement 3-match ODI bilateral series against Sri Lanka washed due to rain, was India's prelude to another disappointing tournament – DLF Cup 2006-07. Dhoni scored 43 runs as the team lost twice in three games and did not qualify for the finals. India's lack of preparation showed in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy as they lost to West Indies and Australia, though Dhoni scored a half-century against West Indies. The story of the ODI series in South Africa was the same for both Dhoni and India as Dhoni scored 139 runs in 4 matches and India lost the series 4–0. From the start of the WI ODI series, Dhoni had played 16 matches, hit just two fifties and averaged 25.93. Dhoni received criticism on his wicket keeping technique from former wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani.

Preparations for the 2007 Cricket World Cup improved as India recorded identical 3–1 victories over West Indies and Sri Lanka and Dhoni had averages in excess of 100 in both these series. However, India unexpectedly crashed out the World Cup after losses to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Dhoni was out for a duck in both these matches and scored 29 runs in the tournament. After the loss to Bangladesh in 2007 Cricket World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalized and damaged by political activists of JMM. The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World cup in the first round.

Dhoni put behind his disappointment in the World cup by scoring 91* against Bangladesh after India were left in a tight spot earlier in the run-chase. Dhoni was declared the man of the match for his performance, his fourth in ODI cricket. He was also later adjudged the man of the series after the third game of the series was washed away. Dhoni had a good Afro-Asia Cup, getting 174 runs in 3 matches at an average of 87.00, with a blitzkrieg 139 not out of 97 balls, a Man Of The Match innings, in the 3rd ODI.

Dhoni was nominated as the vice-captain of the ODI team for the series against South Africa in Ireland and the subsequent India-England 7-match ODI series. Dhoni, who received a 'B' grade contract in December 2005, was awarded an 'A' grade contract in June 2007. And also he was elected as captain of Indian Twenty-20 Cricket Team for the World Twenty20 in September 2007. On 2 September 2007 Mahendra Singh Dhoni equalled his idol Adam Gilchrist's international record for the most dismissals in an innings in ODI by catching 5 English players and stumping one. 

He led India to the ICC World Twenty 20 trophy in South Africa with a victory over arch rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on 24 September 2007, and became the second Indian captain to have won a World cup in any form of cricket, after Kapil Dev. Dhoni took his first wicket and ODI wicket on 30 September 2009. He bowled Travis Dowlin from the West Indies. During the series between India and Australia, Dhoni hit an aggressive 124 runs in just 107 balls, in the second ODI, and a measured knock of 71 runs in 95 balls, along with Yuvraj Singh, saw India home by 6 wickets, in the third ODI.

Dhoni topped the ICC ODI Batsman rankings for several months continuously in 2009, it was Hussy from Australia who replaced him for the top spot in the beginning of 2010.

Dhoni had an excellent year in ODIs in 2009 scoring 1198 runs in just 24 innings at an astonishing average of 70.43. Dhoni was also the joint top-scorer in ODIs in 2009 along with Ricky Ponting, but the latter having played in 30 innings.

But the advent of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his meteoric rise through the ranks did just that, with a new generation transfixed by a small-town boy.
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Cricket performance-

ODI Cricket:

ODI career records by opposition
#   Opponent Matches Runs Average High Score 100s 50s Catches Stumping
1     Africa XI 3 174 87.00 139* 1 0 3 3
2     Australia Australia 23 690 43.12 124 1 3 26 9
3    Bangladesh Bangladesh 9 247 61.75 101* 1 1 9 6
4     Bermuda Bermuda 1 29 29.00 29 0 0 1 0
5     England England 18 501 33.40 96 0 3 19 7
6     Hong Kong Hong Kong 1 109 - 109* 1 0 1 3
7      New Zealand New Zealand 9 269 67.25 84* 0 2 7 2
 8     Pakistan Pakistan 23 920 54.11 148 1 7 22 6
9     Scotland Scotland 1 - - - - - 2 -
10     South AfricaSouth Africa 10 196 24.50 107 0 1 7 1
11     Sri Lanka Sri Lanka 38 1514 63.08 183* 2 12 38 9
12     West Indies Cricket Board West Indies 18 499 49.90 95 0 3 16 4
13     Zimbabwe Zimbabwe 2 123 123.00 67* 0 2 0 1
Total 156 5271 51.67 183* 7 34 151 51

ODI Centuries Of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:                     
ODI centuries
# Runs Match Against Stadium City/Country Year
1 148 5 Pakistan ACA-VDCA Stadium Vishakapatnam, India 2005
2 183* 22 Sri Lanka Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur, India 2005
3 139* 74 Africa XI MA Chidambaram Stadium Chennai, India 2007
4 109* 109 Hong Kong National Stadium Karachi, Pakistan 2008
5 124 143 Australia VCA Stadium Nagpur, India 2009
6 107 152 Sri Lanka VCA Stadium Nagpur, India 2009
7 101* 156 Bangladesh Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium Dhaka, Bangladesh 2010

ODI records-

 Dhoni also holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicketkeeper and joint International (with Adam Gilchrist) with 6 dismissals (5 catches and one stumping) against England at Headlingly 2 September 2007.

    • Dhoni holds the Indian record of most dismissals in ODIs. He went past Nayan Mongia's 154 for India on 14 November 2008 when he caught Ian Bell off Zaheer Khan at Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot. However including 3 ODIs against Africa XI, his 155th dismissal was TM Dilshan caught off Munaf Patel at R. Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 24 August 2008.
  • Dhoni, when he was on four during his innings of 23 against Sri Lanka at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on Saturday, completed 4,000 runs in ODIs. Having already effected 165 dismissals (125 catches + 40 stumpings), Dhoni became the sixth wicketkeeper after Adam Gilchrist, Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara to complete the "double" of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in the history of ODIs. Dhoni’s feat of completing the "double" of 4,000 runs and 100 dismissals in only 114 innings is a world record. He is the youngest wicket-keeper batsman to do so (27 years and 208 days).

Playing style-

Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. Dhoni is one of the number of wicket-keepers who have come through the ranks of junior and India A cricket teams to represent the national team — Parthiv Patel, Ajay Ratra and Dinesh Karthik also followed this route. Dhoni, referred to as 'Mahi' by his friends, debuted in the Bihar cricket team during the 1998/99 cricket season and was selected to represent India-A for a tour to Kenya in 2004. Along with Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni made multiple centuries against the Pakistan-A team in a tri-nation series and was selected in the Indian national team later in that year.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni breaks the stumps of a South African batsman during a match in Chennai in 2008.
Dhoni tends to play mostly from the back foot with a pronounced bottom hand grip. He has a very fast hand speed through the ball which often results in the ball racing across the ground. From this initial stance his feet do not show much movement which sometimes results in chasing balls while not coming to the pitch of the ball or inside edging a lot of balls.

Dhoni scored 148 against Pakistan in his fifth ODI match in 2005 — then the highest score by an Indian wicketkeeper. Later in the year, he broke his own record as well as set the current world record for the highest score in the second innings in ODI matches as he scored 183* against Sri Lanka. Dhoni's success in the limited overs format secured him a place in the test team. Consistent performances in ODI cricket through the end of the 2005/06 season saw Dhoni briefly ranked as the No. 1 batsman in the ICC ODI ratings.

Dhoni's form dipped through 2006 as India lost matches at the ICC Champions trophy, DLF Cup, away bilateral series against West Indies and South Africa. A return to form in the home series against West Indies and Sri Lanka in early 2007 proved to be an inaccurate indicator of Dhoni's form as India crashed out of the first round in the 2007 Cricket World Cup. Dhoni was out for a duck in both India's losses. After the World Cup, Dhoni won the Man of the series award in the bilateral ODI tournament against Bangladesh. For the tour of England, Dhoni was named the ODI team vice-captain.

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Test career-

Test Career of Dhoni. Brown line indicates 10 innings average while the orange line indicates career average progression.
Following his good one-day form against Sri Lanka, Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian Test wicket-keeper. Dhoni scored 30 runs in his debut match that was marred by rain. Dhoni came to the crease when the team was struggling at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling around him, he played an aggressive innings and was the last man dismissed. Dhoni made his maiden half-century in the second Test and his quick scoring rate (half century came off 51 balls) aided India to set a target of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247. India toured Pakistan in January/February 2006 and Dhoni scored his maiden century in the second Test at Faisalabad. India were left in a tight spot as Dhoni was joined by Irfan Pathan with the team still 107 away from avoiding follow-on. Dhoni played his typical aggressive innings as he scored his maiden test century in just 93 balls after scoring his first fifty in just 34 deliveries.

Test records-

 Dhoni also equalled Syed Kirmani's record for most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicket-keeper. Syed Kirmani has effected 6 dismissals (5 catches and 1 stumping) against New Zealand in 1976. Dhoni now has equalled that record for most dismissals with 6 dismissals (all 6 catches) against New Zealand in 2009.
  • Dhoni currently ranks third in the all-time dismissals list by Indian wicket-keepers. With the six dismissals in the first innings of the Test match against New Zealand in Auckland,April 2009, Dhoni has now been involved in 109 dismissals. The following is the list of top five Indian wicket-keepers, in terms of all-time dismissals in test matches: Syed Kirmani (198 dismissals), Kiran More (130 dismissals), Dhoni (109 dismissals), Nayan Mongia (107 dismissals) & Farokh Engineer (82 dismissals).
  • Dhoni is now the second wicketkeeper to have effected 6 dismissals in an innings apart from a fifty in each innings of a Test match. Denis Lindsay had accomplished the feat for South Africa against Australia at Johannesburg in December 1966 – 69 & 182 and 6 ct. + 2 ct.
  • Under Dhoni's captaincy, India reached their highest test score of 726–9 (decl) during Sri Lanka's tour of India in 2009. Their 2–0 victory in the series took them to the number 1 ranking in Test cricket for the first time in history.
  • Under Dhoni's captaincy, India had never lost a test match till the first test versus South Africa in Nagpur in Feb 2010.
  • Under Dhoni captaincy Indian team is having world record for no loss as a Captain up to 11 test matches from debut test, preceding Australia's Former Captain Warwik Armstrongs no loss 10 wins as Captain.

Dhoni at fielding practice.
Dhoni followed his maiden test century with some prosaic batting performances over the next three matches, one against Pakistan that India lost and two against England that had India holding a 1–0 lead going into the test match. Dhoni was the top scorer in India's first innings in the third test at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 aided India post a respectable 279 in reply to England's 400. However Dhoni and the Indian fielders dropped too many catches and missed many dismissal chances including a key stumping opportunity of Andrew Flintoff (14). Dhoni failed to collect the Harbhajan Singh delivery cleanly as Flintoff went on to make 36 more runs as England set a target of 313 for the home team, a target that India were never in the reckoning. A batting collapse saw the team being dismissed for 100 and Dhoni scored just 5 runs and faced criticism for his wicket-keeping lapses as well as his shot selections. On the West Indies tour in 2006, Dhoni scored a quick and aggressive 69 in the first Test at Antigua. The rest of the series was unremarkable for Dhoni as he scored 99 runs in the remaining 6 innings but his wicket-keeping skills improved and Dhoni finished the series with 13 catches and 4 stumpings. In the test series in South Africa, Dhoni's scores of 34 and 47 were not sufficient to save the second test against the Proteas as India lost the test series 2–1, squandering the chance to build on their first ever Test victory in South Africa (achieved in the first Test match). Dhoni's bruised hands ruled him out of the third test match. 
On the fourth day of the first Test match at Antigua Recreation Ground, St John's, Antigua during India's tour of West Indies, 2006, Dhoni's flick off Dave Mohammed to the midwicket region was caught by Daren Ganga. As the batsman started to walk back, captain Dravid declared the innings when confusion started as the umpires were not certain if the fielder stepped on the ropes and Dhoni stayed for the umpire's verdict. While the replays were inconclusive, the captain of the West Indies side, Brian Lara, wanted Dhoni to walk-off based on the fielder's assertion of the catch. The impasse continued for more than 15 minutes and Lara's temper was on display with finger wagging against the umpires and snatching the ball from umpire Asad Rauf. Ultimately, Dhoni walked-off and Dravid's declaration was effected but the game was delayed, and Lara's action was criticized by the commentators and former players. Lara was called by the match referee for explanation of his actions but was not fined by the match referee. Dhoni scored two centuries in Sri Lanka's tour of India in 2009, a series of 3 matches in which he led India to a 2–0 victory. With this feat, India soared up to the number 1 position in Test cricket for the first time in history. India scored 726–9 (decl) in the third match of this series, which is their highest test total ever.

Captain of India-

Dhoni was named the captain of India Twenty 20 squad for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 held in South Africa in September 2007. India were crowned champions as Dhoni led the team to victory against Pakistan in a thrilling contest. He, then went on to become the ODI captain of the Indian team for the seven-match ODI series against Australia in September 2007. He made his debut as full-time Test captain of India during the fourth and final test against Australia at Nagpur in November 2008 replacing Anil Kumble who retired from cricket after the third test. India eventually won that Test thus clinching the series 2–0 and retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Dhoni had previously captained India on a stand-in basis against South Africa and Australia in 2008 and 2009 respectively. It was under his captaincy that India climbed to No. 1 in the ICC Test Rankings in December 2009. After that he managed to lead India in a series leveling world championship of Test against the South Africans in Feb 2010. As a result India managed No. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings.   Dhoni captaincy record : Awesome, that’s the word which would automatically come from one’s mouth, when he sees MS Dhoni captaincy record. Dhoni captaincy record is simply superb. It is very difficult to believe, that a young lad from a small city saw, came and conquered. He became India ’s captain and MS Dhoni captaincy record is amazing. People close to him say that Dhoni captaincy record is good because of his cool composure and sharp mind.
A quick look on MS Dhoni captaincy record:

   Format      Played        Won      Lost     Draw     Tie      N/R         Win %

    TEST          5                4           0          1             0          0              80%

    ODI            45              28         14         -             0          3              62.2%

    T20             9                6           2          -             1          1              66.7%



Two-match ban-

Dhoni was handed a 2 match ban from playing in the ODI series against Sri Lanka for the team's slow over-rate during the second one-dayer in Nagpur (18 December 2009) by ICC match referee Jeff Crowe.

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The limited circumstances under which Dhoni learned cricket has provided him with the grit, strength and determination to overcome all odds. In his early years, Dhoni played cricket with canvas balls as cricket balls and even tennis balls were beyond his reach, and friends and family fondly recalled how his long sixes would destroy glass windows. In a career that is only one-fourth as long as Sachin Tendulkar's, Dhoni enjoys a level of fame and adulation that is astounding. His captaincy has been lauded by fans and critics alike, and an astounding number of his decisions, be it backing a certain player or end-game tactics, turn out to be spot-on.

Of late, Dhoni has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, from India's humiliating exit from the T-20 World Cup earlier to being replaced as captain by Suresh Raina for the Zimbabwe tour. His recent marriage to 21-year-old Sakshi Rawat, a Kolkata-based hotel management student, has dominated headlines of late. However, 'Captain Cool' Dhoni, rejuvenated from the recent Asia Cup win that he led the team to, is sure to reach that high again. 

Highlights of Dhoni's career:

- On 31 October 2005, Dhoni scored 183* runs of just 145 balls against Sri Lanka at Jaipur. The innings featured 10 Sixes, the most by an Indian in an Innings, and the second highest in ODI cricket.

- Dhoni also holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings by an Indian wicketkeeper in an ODI (with Adam Gilchrist) with 6 dismissals (5 catches and one stumping) against England.

- In Tests, Dhoni's maiden century against Pakistan in Faisalabad (148) is the fastest century scored by an Indian wicket keeper. Only three centuries by two players ( Kamran Akmal and Adam Gilchrist - 2) were faster than Dhoni's 93-ball century.

- He also holds the record for most catches by an Indian player in an innings. He achieved this feat by taking six catches during the first innings of the third test against New Zealand in Wellington, thus equalling Syed Kirmani's record.

- Under Dhoni's captaincy, India reached their highest test score of 726-9 (decl) during Sri Lanka's tour of India in 2009. Their 2-0 victory in the series took them to the number 1 ranking in Test cricket for the first time in history.

- Under Dhoni's captaincy, India had never lost a test match until the first test versus South Africa in Nagpur in Feb 2010.

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