His Story

M. S Dhoni – From Ticket Collector to Successful India’s Captain Cool


Mahindra Singh Dhoni is one of the successful Indian Captain born on July 7, 1981 at Ranchi, Jharkhand. He studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir where he was keenly interested in football and badminton.

MS Dhoni comes from an ordinary family. His father Pan Singh worked for MECON and his mother Devki Devi is a housewife. He has an elder brother, Narendra Singh Dhoni, who is a politician, and a sister, Jayanti Gupta, who is a teacher.

He was able to perform wicket keeping especially well which allowed him entry into a local cricket club called the Commando cricket club where he played from 1995-1998. In the 1997-98 seasons, his superb performances in the Vinoo Mankad Under-16 Championship attracted the selector’s eye.

He was selected to the Bihar U-19 squad the very next season. His improved batting and keeping performances led him to be selected to the Bihar Ranji Trophy squad in 1999. He made his debut against the Assam team by scoring an unbeaten score of 68.

On the back of his exceptional performances in domestic competitions and international tours, he was given a place in the ODI squad for the tour to Bangladesh in 2004-2005. He was made the captain of the ODI team in 2007 and the Test team in 2008.

He has been part of the ICC World ODI XI for 6 years in a row from 2008-2013. He has been awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna which is the highest sports honour given by the government of India in the year 2008.He is one of the most successful Indian sportsmen that the world has ever seen. Dhoni is the successful captain that India ever had. He led India to 27 Test match victories in 60 Tests and 107 ODI wins in 194 ODIs as a captain. He captained 70 T20 matches and he had 40 wins in his career.

One can describe Mahendra Singh Dhoni as Cool’, ‘calm’, ‘tough’, ‘confident’, ‘match-winner’ and so on. But the word that is most appropriate to describe the man would be ‘unconventional’. Whether as a leader, batsman or wicket-keeper, he went about it in his own way. And MSD had made it quite apparent fairly early in his career when he gave Joginder Sharma the last over in the famous World T-20 final against Pakistan. His cricket was, mostly, accompanied by uncertainty and surprise.

He led a young Indian team to victory in the T-20 Cricket Championship in September 2007. In December 2009, India became the top-ranked Test team in the world for the first time under his captaincy. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the only captain in the world who have tasted success in all formats of the game in just four years.

5 business lessons to learn from M.S Dhoni:-

  • Live in the present.
  • Diversify risk
  • Leadership in sports and business.
  • Make money work for you.
  • Be Careful in Choosing Business Partners.


Tips from M S Dhoni all start-ups leaders will connect with:-

  • On dealing with past failures.
  • On maintaining self-confidence, in yourself and your product.
  • On effective delegation.
  • On solving the puzzle.
  • On coping with pressure.
  • On accountability and responsibility.
  • On understanding your teams’ strengths and weaknesses.


5 success lesson from M.S Dhoni:-

  • Follow your dream.
  • Look at the bigger picture.
  • Be sure of yourself.
  • Focus on what’s important to you.
  • Keep working towards your goal.

Achievements of M. S Dhoni:-

  • MS Dhoni is the only Indian captain who has led India to all three major ICC events.
  • Under his captaincy, India holds the No. 1position in Test ranking for 18 months.
  • Dhoni is the fourth fastest batsman who has completed 8000 runs in New Zealand fifth and final match.
  • In 2013 Champions Trophy Dhoni has won the Champions Trophy which made Dhoni have all three ICC trophies in his kitty.
  • On November 1, 2011, the Indian Territorial Army conferred with honorary rank Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni after which Dhoni has become the only captain after Kapil Dev to receive this prestigious award.
  • 2008 and 2009 Dhoni was awarded the ICC Player of the Year trophy.
  • In 2011, 2012 and 2013 under Dhoni captaincy India was named as ICC team of the year.
  • Dhoni has won the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007.
  • 2011 CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports



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