Story Of Mahendra Singh Dhoni
A normal ticket collector who made millions of Indian’s dream comes true
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 at Ranchi, Jharkhand situated in the east corner of India. He studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir where he was intensely attracted in football and badminton. He had also been a football goalkeeper at district and state level. But his football coach insisted him to play cricket. During the period of 1995-1998, he played for a local cricket club called the Commando cricket. In the 1997/98 season, he performed tremendously in the Vinoo Mankad Under-16 Championship which attracted the selector’s eye. He was selected for the Bihar Ranji Trophy squad for the 1999/00 season as he possessed superior batting and keeping performance skills. He made his debut against the Assam team by scoring an triumphant score of 68. In 2003, he got selected in the Indian A team to play a tri-series tournament with Pakistan as the third team. In that series he scored 362 runs at an average of 72.40 with one after the other centuries against Pakistan. In his 5th ODI match against Pakistan, he scored 148 off 123 balls to be called a match winning player in the Indian squad. He won the ‘Man of that Series’ award for scoring 346 runs in the tournament.
He was made the captain of the Indian T20 team in September and the captain of the ODI team in 2007 and the Test team in 2008. He immediately made impact as he led the team to win the inaugural World Cup T20 in South Africa. In 2008, he was awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna by the government of India which is the highest sports honor given in the country. In 2009, he scored 1198 runs in 24 innings at an average of 70.43 to be the highest scorer of the year in ODI’s. Dhoni ranks at no.1 beating Gary Alexander by over 15 who ranks second in that list. Only a few players have been wicket-keeper Captains for their team for a long time. He’s the highest scoring wicket-keeper captain in the world. He’s the only wicket keeper in the world who has taken a wicket. Apart from a batsman and a wicket keeper, but as our Captain he proved himself as a bowler too where he took the wicket of Travis Dowlin of West Indies. He advertises more than 15 products as of 2013 and is one of the most marketable players in the world. In June 2013, he was reported to be the 16th highest paid sportsman in the world with yearly earnings of $31 million.
Dhoni is the most successful captain that India will ever had. He led India to 27 Test match victories in 60 Tests and 107 one day international wins in 194 ODIs as a captain. He captained 70 T20 matches and he had 40 wins in his account. In Indian Premier League, he was the captain of Chennai Super Kings in 2008, and in the last six seasons he has won the trophy twice. He’s the only captain to have achieved that feat. In 2010, Mahi married Sakshi, his childhood sweetheart. In 2015, the couple was blessed with a baby girl which they named Ziva. Now Dhoni is Captaining Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016 IPL. In 2016 ,a Bollywood biographical film directed by Neeraj Pandey and starring by Sushant Singh Rajput M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story was made which was based on the life of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. On 4th January 2017, Dhoni resigned as captain of India’s limited-overs teams ahead of the ODIs and T20Is against England. He took the decision in order to give the younger players a chance to lead the nation to the next level. On 6th Jan 2017, Virat Kohli became the new captain. Dhoni will definitely be remembered as one of the most successful Indian captains in the history of sports.
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