Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known by his nick name “Mahi” in the cricket world, is an Indian cricket batsman who has not only gained popularity by his capabilities of turning the tide of cricket matches in the favour of his team but also due to his calm intellect, due to which he got the title of “captain cool”, Let’s dig deep on how MS Dhoni built his way in one of the most competitive sports in the world and reached the zenith of that.
An interesting fact about his surname, “Dhoni”
The surname “Dhoni” that cricket fans know today was actually a documentation mistake in his school certificates; otherwise, the surname would be “Dhauni”, which is a common surname among the Kumaoni community of Uttarakhand.
Childhood Days of MS Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981, in Ranchi, Jharkhand (formerly Bihar). He is the youngest of his three siblings; his ancestral roots are in Almora, Uttarakhand, and he belongs to the Kumaoni community of Uttarakhand,but his parents moved to Ranchi because of a government posting for his father, who was working as a pump operator back then. Since his childhood days, MS Dhoni has been pretty active in playing sports, and before moving to the cricket arena, he was indulged in playing football and was playing as a goalkeeper in his school team, but after seeing his goalkeeping skills, his coach suggested him to play cricket, and the rest is history.
The life of MS Dhoni till he became a famous sports personality wasn’t a cake walk, though he had the talent, but he had an unorthodox style of playing cricket that didn’t fit in the gentleman’s game. He worked as a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur Railway station, West Bengal, while he was playing cricket from the railways, representing the team in various cricket tournaments.
Life After Selection in the Indian Cricket Team
Before getting selected in the Indian cricket team, M S Dhoni got selected in Indian Cricket Team A, where he performed well, and later he had his debut in the Indian cricket team on December 23rd, 2004, where he played against Bangladesh, but without troubling the scoreboard, he got back to the pavilion scoring a duck. Dhoni’s performance in the next matches of the series weren’t that impressive.
He got the breakthrough when he played a stupendously impressive innings against Sri Lanka at Vishakhapatnam, where he scored 148 runs in just 123 deliveries, surpassing the highest runs scored ever by an Indian wicketkeeper. After that, there was no reverse gear in his performances, and he has performed exceptionally well in the matches he played afterwards. He not only captained the Indian cricket team in the first-ever ICC T20 world cup held in South Africa, but he and his team also won the inaugural T20 world cup later on under his captaincy Indian cricket team lifted ICC world cup and ICC champions Trophy as well.
With the launch of the Indian Premier League, an Indian cricket league, in 2008, MS Dhoni represented Chennai Super Kings as a captain, in which he and his team performed well but unfortunately ended as runners-up. His team had to wait for three years since the launch of the IPL to win their first IPL trophy in 2010 and won the trophy four times till 2023. He also played for the RPS (Rising Pune Supergiants) from 2016 to 2017 before the ban on the CSK was lifted.
MS Dhoni IPL Stats:
The graph of MS Dhoni’s IPL career so far is full of ups and downs, which is quite normal in a sportsperson’s life. He bats right-handed, and his overall batting average in the IPL stands at 39.09 in the 237 matches he has played so far, making 5004 runs.
His international T20 batting average is 37.60 with a highest score of 56 in the 85 innings he played, while the ODI batting average is 50.07 with a highest score of 183 runs.
MS Dhoni’s lifestyle outside cricket
“Mahi”, outside the cricket world is equally active as he is on the cricket field; he is a co-owner in a Ranchi-based hockey club (Ranchi says) plus he recently got in the news after being appointed as the brand ambassador of a Chennai-based aviation component manufacturing company, Garuda Aerospace (a private enterprise), which named a quadrotor “Droni”. He also launched his lifestyle brand SEVEN, mentioning that in addition to his nationalism, he also holds an honorary post of lieutenant colonel in the parachute regiment of the Indian territorial army.
His love for motorcycles or bikes has never been a secret; Dhoni owns some of the most popular and expensive bikes in the world, one of which is the Confederate Hellcat X132.
Personal and social life:
MS Dhoni got married to Sakshi Singh Rawat back in 2010 and has a daughter named Zeeva Dhoni. After joining Instagram, the popular social networking platform, he has shared only 108 posts with his massive 41.8 million followers. The most recent one is of him driving a tractor on a farm, which clearly reflects his down to earth nature. He is not a regular social networking geek and loves spending time with his family.