Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (born 7 July 1981), in Ranchi, Bihar (present-day Jharkhand) in a Hindu Rajput family to Pan Singh and Devki Devi. His paternal village is in the Lamgara block in Almora, Uttarakhand. His father, Pan Singh, moved from Uttarakhand to Ranchi and worked in junior management positions in MECON( Metallurgical & Engineering Consultants ). Dhoni has a sister and a brother– Jayanti Gupta (sister) and Narendra Singh Dhoni (Brother).
Dhoni did his schooling at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Ranchi, Jharkhand and excelled in multiple sports such as badminton, football and cricket. He played as a goalkeeper for his football team and played cricket for a local club.
Dhoni showed impressive wicket-keeping skills at the Commando Cricket Club during 1995-98 and was picked up for Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship for the 1997-98 session and played well. After completing High School, Dhoni focussed on Cricket.
During 2001-2003, Dhoni was a TTE (Travelling Ticket Examiner) at Kharagpur Railway Station, under South Eastern Railway in West Bengal.
Before marrying his schoolmate Sakshi Singh Rawat, MS Dhoni fell in love with Priyanka Jha, whom he met in his early 20s. At that time in the year 2002, Dhoni was trying his best to get selected in the Indian team. The same year, his girlfriend died in an accident. Dhoni also dated South Indian actress, Lakshmi Rai. Mahendra Singh Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat, his school friend from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, on July 4, 2010. At the time of their marriage, Sakshi was studying a hotel management course at Taj Bengal in Kolkata as a trainee.
On February 6, 2015, the couple gave birth to a baby girl named Ziva. At this time, he was in Australia and the 2015 Cricket World Cup was a week later. He didn’t travel back and quoted ‘I am on national duty, other things can wait’.
He is commonly known as MS Dhoni and Mahi, is a cricketer and was the former captain of the Indian cricket team. MS Dhoni is a right-handed batsman and also plays the role of a wicket-keeper. The Indian cricket team won the 2011 one- day cricket world cup , 2007 T-20 world cup and 2013 champions trophy under his captainship. Dhoni has also been given many awards, such as the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007 and the Padma Shri India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2009.
Dhoni made his international debut in 2004. His talent with the bat came to the fore in an innings of 148 runs against pakistan in his fifth international match. Within a year he joined the Indian Test team, where he quickly established himself with a century (100 or more runs in a single innings) against Pakistan.
Dhoni took over the captaincy of the one-day side in 2007 and led the 2007 T-20 world cup .Series wins over Australia and Sri Lanka , among others, moved India to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings for the first time in December 2009. He also led India to an appearance in the semifinals of the 2015 Cricket World Cup. Dhoni stopped serving as India’s captain in 2017, having led his country in 331 international matches, the most for a captain in the sport’s history.
The explosion of T20 cricket on the Indian subcontinent paved the way for the formation of the Indian Premier league (IPL) in 2008. In the league’s inaugural season, Dhoni signed with the Chennai Super Kings for $1.5 million, which at the time was the largest contract in the IPL. He subsequently led the team to two consecutive titles (2010, 2011). The Super Kings franchise earned a two-season suspension from the IRL in 2016 for its role in a match-fixing scandal, and Dhoni then joined the Rising Pune Supergiant. In 2018 he returned to the Chennai Super Kings, and that year the team won the IPL championship.
In the 2019 Cricket World Cup, Dhoni was selected for the Indian team. Dhoni played well against South Africa, Australia and West Indies but was criticised for his strike rate against Afghanistan and England. In the semi-finals against New Zealand, Dhoni scored a half-century in the second innings but was run out at a very crucial stage. With his dismissal, India’s World Cup run ended.
MS Dhoni: Cricket Records
(i) Fourth Indian Cricketer to reach 10,000 ODI runs after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly & Rahul Dravid. He is also the second wicket-keeper to reach this milestone.
(ii) With a career average of over 50, he is the first player to achieve 10,000 runs.
(iii) He scored 183* against Sri Lanka– the highest score by a wicket-keeper.
(iv) He has 82 Not Outs in ODIs.
(v) He scored 113 against Pakistan– highest by a captain batting at number 7.
(vi) He is the only cricketer to have played most ODI matches as a captain and wicket-keeper.
(vii) He holds the record of playing most International matches as a Captain– 332.
(viii) He is the first and only wicket-keeper to date to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game– 161.
(i) MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Ranchi Rays (Ranchi-based Hockey Club) along with Sahara India Pariwar. Ranchi Rays is a franchise of the Hockey India League.
(ii) Along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Chennaiyin FC (Chennai-based football club). It is a franchise of the Indian Super League.
(iii) Along with Akkineni Nagarjuna, Dhoni is the co-owner of the Supersport World Championship team, Mahi Racing Team India.
In February 2016, Dhoni launched his brand ‘SEVEN’. He owns the footwear of the brand is the brand ambassador of his company.
In 2011, MS Dhoni has conferred an honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Indian Territorial Army for his contribution to cricket. In August 2019, he completed a two-week stint with the Army in Jammu and Kashmir region.
Movie and Series:-
In 2016, a Bollywood movie based on the life of MS Dhoni was made. The story outlined his journey from his childhood to the 2011 Cricket World Cup, starring Sushant singh Rajput in a lead role. and The movie was titled ‘M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story’.
On March 20, 2019, a web series titled ‘Roar of the Lion’ was released on Hotstar. It was based on his life and the time he spent with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL (Indian Premier League).
In 2012, Forbes magazine ranked Dhoni as one of the world’s top-earning sportsperson. Dhoni owns a hotel in Ranchi named ‘Mahi Residency’. He also became the highest taxpayer sportsperson in India for the year 2012, 2013, 2014. As per several sources, his net worth is approximately US $110 Million.