Happy Birthday Mahi: Captain Cool MS Dhoni turns 39 today

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Rahul Kumar Singh

Pune, July 7, 2020: Former Indian Cricket Team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has turned 39 today. He was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand (then Bihar). Along with his stunning international cricket career where he led India to victory in two World Cups (T20 and ODI), Captain Cool Dhoni has made many records in the Indian Premier League (IPL) besides international cricket, which will be very difficult for any player to break. Dhoni is the only player to have played the finals nine times in IPL. During this time he also led his team Chennai Super Kings a three-time winner.

Dhoni captained the highest, that is 200 one day internationals (ODIs) for India so far. Out of these, India won in 110. He is the third captain in the world to have captained most ODI matches. Mahi, as he is popularly called, has played 90 Tests, 349 ODIs and 98 T20 Internationals. In 2015, he retired from Test cricket. Under his captaincy, India has won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

Dhoni has the maximum number of stumping dismissals behind the wicket, that is 123 in ODI Cricket, and the third highest number of dismissals as a wicketkeeper in all three formats. Dhoni once stumped the batsman in 0.09 seconds while playing for the Indian team.

Most matches won as captain in IPL: Dhoni has won the most, 104, matches in the IPL as a captain. He won the maximum 99 matches for Chennai Super Kings, while five matches were won by Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS). At number two is Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma, who has won his team 60 of 104 matches.

Most runs in the 20th over: Dhoni is called the best finisher in the cricket world. His records also testify to this fact. Dhoni has scored the highest total of 564 runs in the last (20th) over in 190 matches played in IPL so far. He is followed by West Indies player Kieron Pollard, who has scored 281 runs so far.

Scored half-centuries in five different batting orders: Dhoni has scored half-centuries in the IPL, batting at five different numbers. He is the only player to do so. He scored 58 runs in 37 balls against Delhi in 2009, batting number three. In 2013, he had scored a half-century against Delhi again at number four. Dhoni scored maximum of half-centuries while batting at numbers 5 and 6. These include half-centuries against Punjab in 2010 and Bengaluru in 2018. At the same time, Dhoni scored 63 runs off 45 balls at number 7 against Mumbai in the 2013 final.

Most outs from behind the wickets: Wicket-keeper Dhoni dismissed the highest number of 132 players in the IPL. During this, he took 94 catches behind the wicket and made 38 stumpings. Dhoni has taken these wickets in 183 out of 190 IPL matches.

Most played IPL matches as captain: Mahi also holds the record for most 174 matches played in the IPL as captain. These include 160 for Chennai and 14 matches for Pune (2016 season). He is followed by Gautam Gambhir, who captained 129 matches for Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

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