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    Indian captain MS Dhoni turns 31

    • On MS Dhoni's 31st birthday, we look at some of the high points that he has had so far, both as a player and captain.

    • Dhoni, who made his ODI debut in 2004, came to the fore when he bludgeoned 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam in 2005.

    • Dhoni's 183 not out against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005 is still the highest score by a wicketkeeper batsman in the limited-overs game, but none more than his match-winning 79-ball 91 in the 2011 World Cup final.

    • His records as captain in Tests and ODIs speak for itself. With 17 wins in 38 Tests and 68 victories out of 120 ODIs, he is the best among all the Indian captains to date.

    • Winning the 2007 T20 WC and crowning the world champions in 2011 are the two most glittering jewels in his decorated captaincy crown so far. He was also named as the captain of ICC World Test and ICC ODI teams.

    • Having been backed by a great ODI record, he's been named ICC ODI Player of the Year twice in 2008 and 2009 - the first Indian player to achieve such a feat.

    • Not just his stature as a cricketer has grown over the years, but also his bank account that soared in great proportions. In 2009 he topped the list of world’s top 10 earning cricketers.

    • He has also been felicitated with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and Padma Shri in 2009. He was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Territorial Army in 2011.

    • He has also led Chennai Super Kings successfully, leading them to IPL trophies twice and the Champions League Twenty20 triumph in 2010.