MSD: India’s Genie turns 30

Jaipur. Yes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is our very own Genie. One who fulfilled a whole generation’s long denied dream of seeing India win the World Cup. Beating Australia in their own backyard, being the number one test team in the world all these have been some dreams we have lived with.

He brought home the prestigious World Cup trophy after a long 28 years, joined 30s club today. With the World Cup triumph and IPL victory for the Chennai Super Kings, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had a remarkable year in 2011.

Since making his debut in December 2004, Dhoni has come a long way to become India’s most successful captain.

When a call-up to the national side duly came, MS Dhoni wasted no time in asserting himself, smashing 148 runs against Pakistan in his fifth ODI and his fifth Test. His audacious approach at the crease, and the success he achieved with that intent, immediately drew comparisons with Adam Gilchrist.

Only three years into international cricket, Dhoni was appointed India's one-day and Twenty20 captain. He took to leadership as duck to water, leading India to victory in the Twenty20 World Cup and the CB Series.

He took over the Test captaincy in 2008 and oversaw memorable series wins over Australia, England and New Zealand, and India went on to become No.1 in the format. His batting underwent a transformation post-captaincy - he cut out the manic hitting and relied more on aggressive running between the wickets.

In the first IPL auction in 2008, Dhoni was the most expensive player, bought by the Chennai Super Kings for US$1.5 million. He led the side to the final that year and to the title in 2010 and 2011, but his crowning glory has been taking India to the World Cup title in 2011.

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