MS Dhoni is an Indian international cricketer who was captain of the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is referred to by the media as Thala (supreme head) called affectionately by the CSK fans in Tamilnadu. He is mostly famous for his attacking right-handed middle-order batting and wicket- keeping. He is widely considered as one of the greatest finishers in limited-overs cricket. He is also considered as one of the best wicket-keepers in world cricket and is well-known to have very fast hands.
He began his One Day International (ODI) debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, and made his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. Dhoni has received many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007.he also honored the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2018. He was elected as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been regarded as a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to get this honour. Dhoni is also holding numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. He holds the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. During his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, 2007–08 Commonwealth Bank Series, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups. He also made the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. In the final of the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni gave 91 not out off 79 balls to India to be the victory for which he was awarded the Man of the Match. In June 2013, when India was beaten by England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni was considered as the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). Dhoni also guided the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. In the Indian Premier League, he led the Chennai Super Kings to victory at the 2010, 2011 and 2018 seasons, along with wins in the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League Twenty20. He took his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014.