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MS Dhoni: A Timeline Of Excellence

MS Dhoni has stepped down as ODI and T20I skipper of the Indian cricket team. However, the 35-year-old will be available as a player though no one knows for how long.

It remains to be seen whether he continues till the 2019 World Cup. Form, fitness and consistency will play a big part in the scheme of things.

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Nevertheless, Dhoni has gotten this far by sheer grit and determination. It has not been an easy journey, but it is one looking back on.

So here is how a young lad from Ranchi went on to become a household name in world cricket:

December 23, 2004 – Duck on ODI debut

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He was run-out for no score against Bangladesh and it was inauspicious start to his career.

April 5, 2005 – Promoted to No. 3 and slams maiden ODI hundred

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He was sent up the order against Pakistan and what followed was a blitzkrieg hundred. He smashed 148 in 123 balls with 15 fours and 4 sixes.

October 31, 2005 – Hits 183* vs Sri Lanka which is the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODIs

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India needed 299 to win and Dhoni was once again sent up at No. 3. He absolutely murdered the bowling and guided his team to a six-wicket win. His 145-ball knock had 15 fours and 10 sixes.

Janaury 23, 2006 – Scores his maiden Test hundred against the pace of Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif

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It was a high-scoring Test match and only in his second series in the longer version, Dhoni scaled three-figures for the first time.

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In a thrilling final against Pakistan, Dhoni’s gamble to give Joginder Sharma paid off and India won by 5 runs.

December 6, 2009 – India becomes the No. 1 Test team for the first time under his captaincy

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India defeated Sri Lanka in the 3rd Test to win the series 2-0 and hence sealed the No. 1 spot. Dhoni hit a hundred in that game.

June 24, 2010 – Leads India to their first Asia Cup title after 15 years

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India beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs to lift the title for the first time since 1995.

April 2, 2011 – Hits the winning six as India lift the World Cup after 28 years

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Hit a majestic 91 not out to guide India to their second World Cup.

February 24, 2013 – Became first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test double hundred

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He made 224 against Australia as India went on win the first Test by 8 wickets. No other Indian keeper has made a 200 in Tests.

June 23, 2013 – His effectiveness as a leader guides India to victory in the Champions Trophy final

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India beat England by 5 runs in a rain-shortened match to lift the title for the first time without sharing. They had been declared joint winners with Sri Lanka in 2002 after rain prevented a full match.

December 30, 2014 – Quits Test cricket

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He announced his retirement from the longest format during the tour to Australia. Virat Kohli was named his replacement as skipper.

January 4, 2017 – Steps down as skipper of the ODI and T20I teams

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He decided to give up the leadership ahead of the limited overs series against England.