15 Glorious Years of MSD in International Cricket

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It has been 15 years since the boy from Ranchi, Mahindra Singh Dhoni, better known as MS Dhoni or MSD by the cricketing world, played his first international match. From working as a Ticket collector in Kharagpur to lifting the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni’s career has come a long way.

Dhoni made his debut for India under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy against Bangladesh in Chittagong on December 23, 2004. He was dismissed for a golden duck in his maiden innings and scored just 19 runs in the 3 match series. MSD marked his arrival against arch-rivals Pakistan at Vishakhapatnam with an innings of 148 off 123-balls.

MSD has over 17 thousand runs across all the formats of International cricket. Dhoni has been credited with carrying forward Sourav Ganguly’s legacy of transforming Indian Cricket. He is the only Indian captain to have lifted all the 3 major ICC trophies- the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy. Chennai’s ‘Thalaiva’ finished the decade as the most successful captain in the 50-over cricket.

Dhoni hasn’t played for the Indian Cricket team since India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup in July. Uncertainty over his international career has emerged, after selectors’ have been vocal about giving youngsters a chance in the team ahead of the 2020 T20 World Cup. Dhoni has asked his fans to keep calm till January, amidst rising speculation about his retirement from International Cricket.

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