Mahendra Singh Dhoni's international career started when his cricket coach at school Mr. Keshav Ranjan Banerjee identified a promising cricket player in him. Till then, he aspired to become an expert goalkeeper in football. Seeing this gifted talent in catching balls, he was asked to join the school's cricket team. From there started the glorious journey in cricket. He scored his first century in One day International match against Pakistan.
It was held at Vishakapatnam on April 5th, 2005 in which he scored 148 out of 123 balls. He was extremely delighted when he was conferred the honorary title Lieutenant Colonel and said his long cherished dream came true by winning this title. He also added that he aspires to join the Indian army after cricket because he considered loyalty to one's own country is the only sublime thing next to God. He got the best award for Cricketers ICC award during the year 2010. He won CNN IBN Indian of the year award during 2011 for his grand achievement in the field of cricket.