16th Anniversary in cricket for MS Dhoni: The day of 23 December 2004 will always be very special in the history of Indian cricket. On this day, MS Dhoni begins his international career against Bangladesh. For the very first time in Indian cricket, ''Captain Cool'' Mahendra Singh Dhoni got a chance 16 years ago today, with a run-out for a golden duck. MS Dhoni got a place in the Indian team in the first match of the ODI series against Bangladesh. MS Dhoni served Team India with his exceptional elegant match finishing style and cool-minded captaincy for the next 15 years. Winning the 2011 ICC World Cup hogs the limelight in his entire achievements.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket earlier this year, cemented his legacy as India’s most successful captain, winning all three major ICC trophies - T20 World Cup (2007), ICC World Cup (2011), and Champions Trophy (2013) and leading India to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the first time. Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Mohammad Kaif also recalled his first impression of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup-winning captain.
MS Dhoni scored 10773 runs at an average of 50.58 including 10 centuries along with 229 maximum. Dhoni also developed the new forms of the match finishing in a grand manner. Dhoni made 4876 runs with an average of 38.09 in 90 Tests, which includes his highest of 224. And in 98 T20I international, he notched 1617 runs with a brisk strike rate.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni caught the attention of the selectors by playing such classy knocks and big shots on the Kenya tour with India A in 2004. The Indian team was looking for a good wicket-keeper batsman at that time. Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik were tried, but not much success was achieved. In such a crunch situation, Dhoni has proven himself better among all others.
However, the debut of Dhoni was not a memorable one at all. In his first ODI match in Chittagong, Dhoni was out at 0 only. Dhoni, playing his first innings in international cricket, could not spend much time at the crease and was run out unfortunate on the very first ball.
After this series, he was given a second chance in the ODI series against Pakistan in India in 2005, and from here onwards the name of cricket fans from all over the world, including India. In his fifth ODI against Pakistan, Dhoni smashed 148 off 123 balls while playing Atishi innings.
When MS Dhoni emerged in 2004 against Kenya thanks to his exploits in India A series in Kenya and Zimbabwe, he was touted as the next big thing. Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly included him in the side for the series against Bangladesh but in his first ODI in Chattogram, things went terribly wrong. MS Dhoni was run-out for a golden duck as he was sent back by Mohammad Kaif. Meanwhile, it was a terrible start to his cricket career but it also reminds us that one cannot judge a book by its cover.
After this, the whole cricket would witness what MS Dhoni did for the next 15 years. From winning India twice to the ICC Cricket World Cup (i.e 2007, 2011) to win the Champions Trophy to number one in Test and ODI cricket, India touched every height during his captaincy. On 6 April 2011, at the Wankhede Stadium, amidst the noise of thousands of spectators and the hopes of millions of fans across the country, the massive six over the long-on fence will always be one of the brightest moments of Indian cricket.
After spending a long time on the cricket field, MS Dhoni took retirement this year. On 15 August 2020, Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket across all formats by posting a video on his official Instagram handle. However, Dhoni's announcement broke the hearts of millions of his fans. MS Dhoni returned to the field for IPL 2020 and now in April 2021, once again his fans will get a glimpse of their favorite Indian icon.
So, in short, we can say that an era was started with the run-out and ended with run-out too with millions of unforgettable memories to billions of its devotees ''16 Years of MS Dhoni Era''