MS Dhoni after winning the ICC World Cup 2011 ©AFP
MS Dhoni after winning the ICC World Cup 2011 ©AFP

23 December, 2004 was the day when one of India‘s most beloved cricketer, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his One-Day International (ODI) debut against Bangladesh at Chittagong. Even though his start at the international stage was a big miss as he got run out for a duck, he never looked back and went on to become India’s most successful captain in the 50-over format. Dhoni became the second captain after Kapil Dev to lead us to a world cup victory. Dhoni has won every imaginable trophy one can in the game of cricket, carefully tucked away in his cabinet at home. Dhoni has so far won ICC World Twenty20 (2007), ICC World Cup (2015) and ICC Champions Trophy(2013). ALSO READ: Sourav Ganguly backs MS Dhoni to play for few more years

Dhoni has never been conventional. His has been a career of inexplicable highs and lows. He has been praised, adored, criticised, lauded, hated, dissected, and written off by fans and critics alike — but never ignored. Indian fans have almost always given in to on-field aggression. It has certainly not been an ideal career for Dhoni (or MSD, or Mahi, or whatever is fashionable these days). Just like Sourav Ganguly before him, he has greyed prematurely. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni to lead India in ICC World T20 2016

He has been at the receiving end of many a controversy and overseas defeats. Dhoni on the other hand in Tests have had his ups -downs having played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09. He scored six centuries and 33 half-centuries. His career highest was 224 against Australia at Chennai in 2013, a series wherein India blanked the tourists 4-0 to register a historic win.  Dhoni led India in 60 Tests, in which India won 27 and lost 18 games. India drew 15 Tests under Dhoni’s leadership. As captain, Dhoni had a win percentage of 45, which is the highest among any cricketer to have captained India.