For Indian cricket fans over the last decade if there is one thing that has been a tradition in an India match, it’s the tendency to not give up on the game until Mahi is on the pitch.
To see him smash the winning six is a delight the fans never get bored of and keep carving for more. He is no more the captain of Men in Blue but for cricket loyal, he would always be the man who leads.
The boy from Ranchi was destined for glory, words fell short to sum up his heroics.
BCCI added another honour to his already marvelous career by nominating the man for third highest civilian award of the country, Padma Bhusan. A coveted title which has previously been won by some of the biggest names in Indian cricket including the likes of Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid.
To celebrate this feat, here is a timeline of MS Dhoni’s unrealistic career.
1) 1998, when it all started for MS Dhoni as he was called up in the Bihar u-19 squad. After scoring hefty 176 runs in 5 matches securing a spot in the India A team for the tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2003-04 season.
2) 23 December, 2004 he made his international ODI debut against Bangladesh and was run out for a duck in his very first game for the country.
3) April, 2005 he smashed 148, against a sensational Pakistan bowling attack Dhoni clinches his first ODI century in style and earned praise from them Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.
4) He made his Test debut for the senior team in December, 2005 against Sri Lanka.
5) His first Test ton was also against Pakistan at Faisalabad in January, 2006.
6) Becomes the number one ODI batsman for the first time in 2006.
7) September, 2007 MS Dhoni leads a young amateur Indian side to triumph in the T-20 World Cup. Making India the first country to achieve the feat.
8) September, 2007: India gets a new ODI captain as Dhoni takes charge.
9) Indian wins CB series under his captaincy in March, 2008.
10) On April 11, 2008 he made his debut as a Test captain in the absence of then skipper Anil Kumble. India wraps up the game in just 3 days defeating South Africa.
11) In November 2008 he becomes the captain in Test format as well after Anil Kumble’s retirement.
12) Leads India to a series win against England in December, 2008 in his first full series as the Indian skipper.
13) April, 2009: MS Dhoni becomes the 2nd Indian captain in 41 years to register a Test series victory in New Zealand. Also India becomes number 1 Test side under the legend’s captaincy.
14) IPL introduced in 2008 and since its inception Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings for 8 years winning 2 titles.
15) April, 2010: CSK win 1st IPL under Mahi
16) June, 2010: India win Asia Cup under Mahi
17) September, 2010: CSK win their 1st Champions League T20 under Mahi
18) May, 2011: 2nd IPL for CSK
19) April 2011: After 28 years, MS Dhoni leads India to its 2nd World Cup triumph. Hits the iconic finishing 6 to earn India a flawless victory. Awarded man of the match in the final.
20) June, 2013: Dhoni wins ICC Champions Trophy in England. Mahi becomes India’s most successful Test captain and the only captain to have won the World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy.
21) Leads India to finals of World T20 in April, 2004 but India lose.
22) CSK wins 2nd CL T20 under Mahi in October, 2014.
23) December 30, 2014: MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket, handing the baton to Virat Kohli.
24) March, 2015: India loses World Cup semifinals against Australia.
25) In March, 2016 India wins maiden Asia Cup t20 tournament.
26) 31 March, 2016 india lose T20 World Cup final against West Indies.
27)5 January, 2017: MS Dhoni steps down from limited over captaincy
28) 17 September, 2017: MS completes a century of half centuries in ODI cricket against Australia.
29) 20th September, 2017: BCCI nominates the former Indian captain for Padma Bhushan award.