MS Dhoni one of the greatest captains in Indian cricket as well as world cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni born on 7th July 1981 in Ranchi. His father Pan Singh, mother Devaki Devi, elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni and Sister Jayanti. Dhoni married Sakshi Rawat. He has a daughter named Ziva Dhoni, born on 6th Feb 2015.
He started his cricket journey from Central Coal Fields Limited, then played for the Bihar u-19 team, selected for India A, played for Indian national cricket team. He captained at a time when big players were playing. Players like Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan played under Dhoni’s captaincy. It was a big thing to captain such big players and he did it. He said captaincy was a job for him and he did it as a job responsibility.
In such an inspiring journey there are small facts that are a part of his life. Let’s read some interesting facts about MS Dhoni.
Interesting Facts about MS Dhoni
- His paternal village Lwali is in the Lamgara block of the Almora District of Uttarakhand.
- Dhoni’s parents moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi, where his father worked in junior management positions in MECON.
- When he was in school, he selected at the district and club level in badminton and football.
- Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh Dhoni studied in the same school at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi.
- Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team and but he was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach. Though he had not played cricket, Dhoni impressed with his wicket-keeping skills and became the regular wicketkeeper at the Commando cricket club.
- For his performance at club cricket, he was picked for the 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship.
- Dhoni worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003. Dhoni was very honest about his job. But he was not satisfied, he wants to play cricket for India.
- Once, while staying at the railway quarters, Dhoni and a couple of his friends covered themselves in white bedsheets and walked around in the complex late in the night. The night guards were fooled into believing that there were ghosts moving around in the complex. The story made big news the next day.
- In 2004 scored consecutive centuries against Pakistan A, which guide India A into the final of the triangular tournament. He was named Man of the Series.
- In 2007 cricket World cup, Dhoni scored just 29 runs in the whole tournament.
- After the loss to Bangladesh in the 2007 World Cup, the house that Dhoni was constructing in his home-town Ranchi was vandalized and damaged by political activists of JMM. The local police arranged for security for his family as India exited the World Cup in the first round.
- When Dhoni’s daughter was born, he was in Australia as the captain of the Indian team for the 2015 Cricket World Cup. He decided not to travel back to India and was famously quoted saying that “I am on national duty, other things can wait”.
- Dhoni is a fan of Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, and Adam Gilchrist. Sachin Tendulkar is his childhood idol.
- In June 2007, Dhoni was awarded an ‘A’ grade contract.
- On 2 September 2007, Dhoni holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in an innings in ODI by catching.
- In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings.
- Dhoni took his first wicket “Travis Dowlin” in international cricket on 30 September 2009 against West Indies.
- In the year 2009, Dhoni was named as captain and wicket-keeper of the World ODI XI by the ICC for his performances.
- In the 2011 World cup, Dhoni only scored 150 runs in 7 innings at an average of 30 just before the final match. But in the final match, Dhoni made a good partnership along with Gautam Gambhir and rescued India from tough situation. And later Yuvraj Singh helped Dhoni to win the second World Cup title. He scored 91* runs, finished the game with a historical six.
- The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honor.
- In 2011, Time magazine included Dhoni in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.”
- In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world.
- He is the first player to win the award ICC ODI Player of the Year twice. He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010, and 2013.
- He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain.
- In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World T20I).
- In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.
- In the Indian Premier League, He is the second captain to win 3 IPL titles. Rohit Sharma is the number one who won 4 titles.
- Dhoni is the co-owner of Indian Super League team Chennaiyin FC.
- In June 2015, Forbes ranked Dhoni at 23rd in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world.
- Dhoni has the record of the first and the only captain who won all ICC international trophies.
- In 2013, Dhoni was named as captain and wicket-keeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ by the ICC.
- Dhoni became the first Indian captain to win all group stages matches in a world cup tournament. But India unable to qualify for Finals after losing to Australia in Semifinal. Dhoni made 65 runs but unable to chase down a target of 329 runs.
- He was named as a wicket-keeper of the ‘Team of the Tournament’ at the 2017 Champions Trophy by Cricbuzz.
- He was also named in the ODI XI of the year by Cricbuzz.
- Dhoni became the first wicket-keeper with the record of 123 stumping.
- Most Dismissal by any Indian Wicket keeper(444).
- In the 2018 tour of England, Dhoni crossed 10,000 ODI Runs. He became 4th Indian and 12th in world cricket history to cross 10,000 ODI Runs.
- When he got his first Test hundred against Pakistan in Faisalabad, He came back into the dressing room and loudly said “I’m going to announce my retirement, I have scored a century in test cricket. I don’t want anything more than in test cricket.
- When the Indian team playing a test match against Australia in Nagpur, he was a captain in the Indian team, MS Dhoni asked the bus driver to just go and seat behind. He drove the bus from the ground to the hotel in Nagpur.
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