A boy from Jharkhand with long hair and a heavy bat made his debut against Bangladesh scoring a duck in his first match, No one ever imagined he will rule the Indian Cricket and change the face of it. He entered Indian Cricket Team as a wicket-keeper who could hit long sixes. He is Known for chasing and finishing affairs with a six made him a nation’s heartthrob. Dhoni’s brilliance behind the stumps has stunned the Cricket pundits time and again. His running between the wickets has set a benchmark for other players. But what makes his career even more decorated is the highs Indian Cricket achieved under his Captainship.

Here are 39 interesting facts about our captain cool – Mahendra Singh Dhoni

  1. He was run out at zero in his first match.
  2. Started career at the age of 18 for Bihar.
  3. He was recommended as captain of Team India by Sachin Tendulkar.
  4. Dhoni was given the title of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army.
  5. His pet dogs named as Zarah and Sam .Zarah is a Labrador and Sam an Alsatian.
  6. He learnt the helicopter shot from his friend Santosh Lal.
  7. He is very fond of chicken. Another favourite of his is hot chocolate fudge
  1. Dhoni is a WWE buff. His favorite wrestlers are Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart and Hulk Hogan.
  2. He first met his wife Sakshi in Kolkata in November 2007.
  3. Before taking up cricket full-time, Dhoni excelled in football and badminton. He played at the district and club level in both football and badminton.
  4. Dhoni was an excellent goalkeeper and his skills in football caught the attention of his childhood coach Keshav Bannerjee.
  5. Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore.
  1. While playing for the Central Coal Fields Limited in the Sheesh Mahal tournament, Dhoni used to get Rs 50 from his coach Deval Sahay for each six that he hit in the matches.
  2. Dhoni made his debut for Bihar in the Ranji Trophy against Assam in 1999-2000 season.
  3. Dhoni is known for his passion for motorcycles.
  4. Dhoni owns bikes such as the Yamaha RD350, Harley Davidson Fatboy, Ducati 1098, Kawasaki Ninja H2, and the super exclusive Confederate Hellcat X132. 
  1. Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 but not before he scoring 4876 in 90 matches at 38.09 with 6 centuries and 33 fifties.
  2. Dhoni is the only captain in world cricket to win all three ICC trophies – 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
  3. Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins, eclipsing Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21. 
  4. Dhoni is the third captain in world cricket to win more than 100 ODI matches after Australia’s Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.
  1. Dhoni has promoted up the batting order at No. 3 and he repaid the team management’s faith by smashing 148 off 123 balls against Pakistan in Vizag.
  2. Dhoni married Sakshi Singh Rawat on 4 July 2010.
  3. His Long hairstyle was inspired by Bollywood Actor John Abraham.
  4. Dhoni’s Wedding was attended only by his close friends and family members. Actor John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were also a part of the celebrations.
  5. He is known to be the best and the fastest stumper in the game and has affected a record of 155 stumpings so far in all three formats.
  1. Dhoni’s knock of 54 off 114 balls against West Indies at Antigua in 2017 was the second slowest half-century scored by an Indian batsman.
  2. 183 he scored against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005 is the highest score by a wicket-keeper in ODI cricket.
  3. His 224 against Australia in the Chennai Test in 2013 is the second highest score by an Indian captain.
  4. Dhoni is known to be one of the greatest ODI players in history and over the years has been the best finisher in limited-overs cricket.
  1. In February 2018, Dhoni broke the world record for most catches by a wicketkeeper in T20 cricket.
  2. He is the most sponsored athlete in India
  3. His biography is named M.S Dhoni: The Untold Story featured by late Actor Sushant Singh Rajput
  4. He was the most expensive player in first IPL Auction
  5. Dhoni is the only player to win the ICC Player of the Year award twice
  1. Dhoni paid an income tax worth Rs 20 crore in 2013-14 to emerge as the highest taxpayer in the individual category in Bihar and Jharkhand region for the sixth consecutive year. 
  2. He also holds the record for the most number of catches held in a single inning. His record is of 6 catches in the first inning of a test match in New Zealand in April 2009.
  3. In 2012, SportsPro rated Dhoni as the sixteenth most marketable athlete in the world.
  4. Dhoni is the only captain in the ODIs to score a century while batting on number 7. He did it against Pakistan in December 2012.
  5. He has partnered with Telugu filmstar Akkineni Nagarjuna for buying the Supersport world championship team and named it ‘Mahi Racing Team India’. 

Dhanalakshmi Rajasekar

From her perch in Chennai as a Software Tester in Wipro, Dhanalakshmi writes about women empowerment, politics, movies, and technology. we are distancing ourselves from all the effort that goes into it....

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