Exactly seven years after he hit the six that won India the World Cup in 2011, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was conferred with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian honour in the country on Monday, April 2.

As Dhoni basks in the glory of another much-deserved accolade, Cricket Nostalgia brings you some interesting facts about the man.

Dhoni made his international debut in a rather low key affair, in an ODI against Bangladesh in December 2004.

Dhoni won the ICC player of the year award in 2008 and 2009.

Dhoni was named the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has been selected 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times he has been chosen as the keeper.

Before Padma Bhushan, he was also conferred with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.

The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni in 2011. Kapil Dev is the only other cricketer to hold the rank.

Dhoni has registered most wins by an Indian captain in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, and as well as back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.

Dhoni is the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). The feat was achieved after India defeated England in the 2013 Champions Trophy final.

In 2013, under Dhoni, India became the first team in over 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.

In the Indian Premier League, he has led Chennai Super Kings to victory in 2010 and 2011. CSK also won the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League Twenty20 under him?

In 2011, Time magazine named Dhoni in the Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.

In June 2015, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 23rd in the list of highest paid athletes in the world, with estimated earnings of US$31 million.


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