Following his acceptable one-day anatomy adjoin Sri Lanka, Dhoni replaced Dinesh Karthik in December 2005 as the Indian Analysis wicket-keeper. Dhoni denticulate 30 runs in his admission bout that was bedridden by rain. Dhoni came to the bulge back the aggregation was disturbing at 109/5 and as wickets kept falling about him, he played an advancing innings and was the aftermost man dismissed. Dhoni fabricated his beginning half-century in the additional Analysis and his quick scoring amount (half aeon came off 51 balls) aided India to set a ambition of 436 and the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 247.
India toured Pakistan in January/February 2006 and Dhoni denticulate his beginning aeon in the additional Analysis at Faisalabad. India were larboard in a bound atom as Dhoni was abutting by Irfan Pathan with the aggregation still 107 abroad from alienated follow-on. Dhoni played his archetypal advancing innings as he denticulate his beginning analysis aeon in aloof 93 assurance afterwards scoring his aboriginal fifty in aloof 34 deliveries.
Dhoni followed his beginning analysis aeon with some actual batting performances over the abutting three matches, one adjoin Pakistan that India absent and two adjoin England that had India captivation a 1-0 advance activity into the analysis match. Dhoni was the top scorer in India's aboriginal innings in the third analysis at Wankhede Stadium as his 64 aided India column a admirable 279 in acknowledgment to England's 400. However Dhoni and the Indian fielders alone too abounding catches and absent abounding adjournment affairs including a key ambiguous befalling of Andrew Flintoff (14). Dhoni bootless to aggregate the Harbhajan Singh commitment abundantly as Flintoff went on to accomplish 36 added runs as England set a ambition of 313 for the home team, a ambition that India were never in the reckoning. A batting collapse saw the aggregation actuality absolved for 100 and Dhoni denticulate aloof 5 runs and faced criticism for his wicket-keeping lapses as able-bodied as his attempt selections.