Mahendra Singh Dhoni generally known as M. S. Dhoni; produced 7 July 1981) is an Indian cricketer and the present captain of the Indian national cricket team in limited overs formats. An assaulting right-handed middle-order batsman and wicketkeeper, he’s widely regarded as among the finest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He made his One Day International (ODI) introduction in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first Test a year after against Sri Lanka.
Dhoni holds numerous captaincy records such as most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and Tests, and many back to back triumphs by an Indian captain in ODIs. He took from Rahul Dravid in 2007 over the ODI captaincy and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series triumphs in New Zealand and Sri Lanka. India won Twenty20 to the 2007 ICC World, the CB Series of the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, the 2010 Asia Cup, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and 2007–08. Dhoni scored 91 not out off 79 balls giving India the success that he was given the Man of the Match. After taking up the Test captaincy the team was led by him to series triumphs in West Indies and New Zealand, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009, the Indian team was also led by Dhoni for the very first time in the ICC Test rankings to number one standing. In 2013, to whitewash Australia in a Test series, India became the first team under his captaincy. He captained the Chennai Super Kings at the 2010 and 2011 seasons, along with triumphs in the 2010 and 2014 versions Twenty20 to success. He declared his retirement on 30 from Tests . Dhoni is 5th across the World and holds the record for the most variety of sixes in International Cricket having hit at 304 sixes in 448 innings behind Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Shahid Afridi and Sanath Jayasuriya later.
Dhoni holds the place of Vice President of India Cements Ltd., after stepping down from Air India.
He was named as the captain of ICC World ODI XI teams and ICC World Test XI for 2009. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary position of Lieutenant Colonel on 1 to Dhoni . In 2011, Time magazine contained Dhoni in its yearly Time 100 list as among the “Most Influential People On the Planet.” In 2012, Dhoni was rated by SportsPro as the sixteenth most marketable athlete on the planet. In June 2015, Dhoni was rated by Forbes in the list of highest paid athletes on the planet, estimating his gains at US$31 million.