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MS Dhoni

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Bio/Wiki
Full NameMahendra Singh Dhoni
Nickname(s)MSD, MS, Mahi, Captain Cool
ProfessionCricketer (Wicket-keeper)
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm
in meters- 1.75 m
in feet inches- 5’ 9”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 75 kg
in pounds- 165 lbs
Body Measurements (approx.)- Chest: 42 inches
- Waist: 32 inches
- Biceps: 14 inches
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourBlack
Cricket
International DebutODI- 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh at Chittagong
Test- 2 December 2005 against Sri Lanka at Chennai
T20 - 1 December 2006 against South Africa at Johannesburg
Jersey Number#7 (India)
#7 (IPL)
Domestic/State Team(s)Asia XI, Bihar, Chennai Super Kings, Jharkhand, Rising Pune Supergiants
Coach/MentorKeshav Banerjee and Chanchal Bhattacharya
Batting StyleRight-Handed
Bowling StyleRight-Arm Fast Medium
Favourite ShotsHelicopter shot and Paddlesweep
Nature on FieldCalm
Likes to play againstPakistan and Australia
Records (main ones)• Under his captaincy, Indian team won major tournaments in all 3 formats: the No.1 Test ranking for 18 months (2009-2011), the ODI World Cup in 2011, Champions Trophy in 2013 and the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.
MS Dhoni Trophies for Indian team
• Most centuries at the position of No.7 in ODIs.
• Most 6s in International Cricket as a captain.
• Most number of stumpings in International Cricket.
• Highest score by a wicket-keeper batsman in ODIs (183 runs).
• Won most T20 International matches as a captain.
• Most times bowled in International Cricket while playing a match as a wicket-keeper.
MS Dhoni bowling
• Only skipper to score an ODI century while batting at No.7
• First Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score 4,000 Test runs.
• Highlight score by an Indian captain in Tests (224 runs).
• 3rd skipper ever to have captained in 300+ international matches, after Ricky Ponting (324) and Stephen Fleming (303).
• The only skipper to have captained 50+ matches in all 3 formats.
• First Indian captain to win a Test series in New Zealand.
• In July 2018, he made the record of maximum stumpings in Twenty20 Internationals (33 stumpings in 91 matches).
Career Turning PointPerformance in the 2003/04 tri-nation tournament against Kenya and Pakistan A, where he scored 362 runs in 6 matches at an average of 72.40.
Awards, Honours, Achievements National Awards
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007)
• Padma Shri (2009)
• Padma Bhushan (2018)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni while receiving Padma Bhushan Award
Achievements
• MTV Youth Icon of the Year (2006)
• ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008, 2009)
• CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports (2011)
• ICC Award for Spirit of Cricket (2011)
Personal Life
Date of Birth7 July 1981
Age (as in 2018) 37 Years
BirthplaceRanchi, Jharkhand, (Then in Bihar) India
Zodiac sign/Sun signCancer
Signature MS Dhoni signature
NationalityIndian
HometownRanchi, Jharkhand, India
SchoolDAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand
College/UniversitySt. Xaviers College, Ranchi, Jharkhand
Educational QualificationsCollege Dropout
ReligionHinduism
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian
AddressHarmu Housing Colony, Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
MS Dhoni house in Ranchi
HobbiesBiking, Playing Football and Tennis, Swimming
Controversies• In 2007, 40 residents of his locality filed a plea against the Ranchi Regional Development Authority (RRDA) for wasting 15,000 litres of water in M.S. Dhoni's home in daily maintenance of the swimming pool. At that time, his locality was going through a severe water crisis. [1]India Times
• He was involved in a tax evasion controversy over his Hummer H2, as the vehicle needed a registration charge of ₹4 lakhs in India, but it was mistakenly registered as a Mahindra Scorpio, the charge of registering which is ₹53,000. [2]Indian Express
• During the 2013 IPL spot-fixing, Dhoni was on the radar of the Supreme Court. He was in the contact with Gurunath Meiyappan, who was named in betting charge sheet. Later, Dhoni called Gurunath Meiyappan, a "mere cricket enthusiast." However, Meiyappan was a full-fledged team owner. [3]Hindustan Times
• In 2016, he resigned as the brand ambassador of Amrapali real estate group after the residents from one of the Amrapali units carried a social media campaign after facing logistical issues in the society.
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsPriyanka Jha (died in 2002)
Lakshmi Rai (South Indian actress)
MS Dhoni's ex-girlfriend, Lakshmi Rai
Sakshi Singh Rawat (Sakshi Dhoni)
Marriage Date4 July 2010
Family
Wife/SpouseSakshi Dhoni
MS Dhoni with his wife Sakshi Dhoni
ChildrenDaughter- Ziva
MS Dhoni with his daugher Ziva
Son- None
ParentsFather- Pan Singh (MECON employee; worked at Junior Management position)
Mother- Devki Devi
MS Dhoni's parents and wife
SiblingsBrother- Narendra Singh Dhoni (Elder, Politician)
MS Dhoni's brother
Sister- Jayanti Gupta (Elder)
MS Dhoni's sister in red circle
Favourite Things
Favourite Cricketer(s)Batsmen : Sachin Tendulkar, Adam Gilchrist
Bowlers : Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee
Favourite Cricket Ground(s)Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne
Favourite Food(s)Chicken Butter Masala, Chicken Tikka Pizza, Kebabs, Yellow Dal, Sonpapdi, Gulab Jamun and Rasgullas
Favourite Football PlayerCristiano Ronaldo
Favourite Tennis PlayerRafael Nadal
Favourite Actor(s)Amitabh Bachchan, John Abraham
Favourite ActressesAngelina Jolie, Deepika Padukone
Favourite Film(s)Agneepath, Sholay
Favourite MusicianKishore Kumar
Favourite Colour(s)Blue and Black
Favourite Destination(s)Sri Lanka, Goa
Style Quotient
Cars CollectionOpen Mahindra Scorpio, Maruti SX4, Hummer H2, Toyota Corolla, Land Rover Freelander, GMC Sierra, Mitsubishi Pajero Sfx, Mitsubishi Out Lander, Porsche 911, Audi Q7 SUV, Ferrari 599
MS Dhoni Hummer 2
Bikes CollectionHero Karizma ZMR, Yamaha Rxz, Yamaha Thundercat, Yamaha Rx, Ducati 1098, Yamaha Rd 350, Tvs Apache, Kawasaki zx14r Ninja, Confederate Hellcat X 132, Harley Davidson Fat boy, Enfield Machismo, Customized Tvs Dirt bike
MS Dhoni Harley Davidson
Money Factor
Salary (approx.)₹15 Crore (IPL 2019)
Net Worth (approx.)$103 million [4]MSN

MS Dhoni

Some Lesser Known Facts About Mahendra Singh Dhoni

  • Does Mahendra Singh Dhoni smoke?: No
  • Does Mahendra Singh Dhoni drink alcohol?: Yes, occasionally
  • Dhoni was born to a middle-class Rajput caste of rulers.
  • He secured 65% in his 10th Board exams.
  • In 1993, he was first spotted as a goalkeeper by KR Banerjee, the cricket coach at his school, who later asked him to try his hand in wicket-keeping.

    MS Dhoni in younger days

    MS Dhoni in younger days

  • It was PC Poddar, the former cricket captain of Bengal, who saw great potential in him during the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) match in Jamshedpur. After which, he was selected in the Bihar U19 team in the 1998/99 season, where he scored 176 runs in 5 matches.
  • In 2002, when Dhoni was trying for a place in the India team, he fell in love with a girl named Priyanka Jha. But, unfortunately, Priyanka died in an accident, the same year.
  • Though he played as a senior for Bihar from 1999 to 2003, his consistent performance was ignored by East Zone selectors, after which he was moved to West Bengal, where he started working as a ticket collector at Kharagpur railway station for 3 years (2001-2003).
  • In 2003, Sourav Ganguly approached him to move to Kolkata, but he denied the offer and went back to Bihar, where he went to the National Cricket Academy.
  • His life took a turn in 2004 when he got selected for India A tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya, where he performed exceptionally well.
  • On his ODI debut against Bangladesh on 23 December 2004, he was out for a duck.

  • Dhoni made his 1st ODI century against arch-rival Pakistan in Vishakapatnam, where he smashed 148 runs from 123 balls.
  • Earlier, he used to have long hairs for two reasons, first he is a huge fan of John Abraham, secondly, he used to consider it lucky.

    Early Look of MS Dhoni

    Early look of MS Dhoni

  • In 2006, he was voted as the MTV Youth Icon.
  • Even after achieving such a huge success in his early career, he remained grounded and spends time with his childhood buddies.

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  • It was Sachin Tendulkar who recommended his name for India’s skipper in 2007, after which Indian cricket team reached the heights like never before.
  • He and his wife Sakshi knew each other since their childhood, but their love ignited in winters of 2007 when they met in Kolkata through Yudhajit Dutta (Dhoni’s manager and friend). It was Dhoni who asked for her number from his manager, and when he later messaged her, she didn’t believe it initially. They dated each other for 3 years and got married in a low-profile ceremony in 2010.
  • In 2011, he was honoured with the rank of Lt. Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army.

    MS Dhoni Lt Colonel Indian Territorial Army

    MS Dhoni as Lt. Colonel of Indian Territorial Army

  • He was the highest taxpayer sportsperson in India for the year 2012, 2013, 2014.
  • Dhoni is a good friend of actor, John Abraham.

    MS Dhoni with John Abraham

    MS Dhoni with John Abraham

  • He is counted among the best finishers in modern cricket, and known for finishing the ODI match by hitting six, popular among them was the winning six in the 2011 ICC World Cup final against Sri Lanka.

  • Dhoni learned his signature shot, ‘The Helicopter Shot’ from his childhood friend Santosh Lal, who passed away in July 2013.
  • In 2012, he became one of the world’s top-earning sportsperson (#31 in the world) by Forbes magazine, beating popular sportspersons such as Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and the World’s fastest man Usain Bolt.
  • He announced his Test retirement after the Melbourne test match in December 2014 during the Australia tour, where he was just 1 test match defeat away for equaling the record of being captain of most defeated test matches abroad.
  • He owns a hotel in Ranchi called ‘Mahi Residency.’

    MS Dhoni's hotel in Ranchi

    MS Dhoni’s hotel in Ranchi

  • Dhoni is a pet lover and has 2 pet dogs, a Labrador named Zarah and an Alsatian named Sam.

    Dhoni with his pets

    Dhoni with his pets

  • He is a bike lover and is the co-owner of ‘Mahi Racing Team India‘ in Supersport World Championship.

    MS Dhoni's Mahi Racing Team India

    MS Dhoni’s Mahi Racing Team India

  • In 2016, he launched a fashion brand ‘Seven’ with Rhiti Group.
  • It was rumoured that he took ₹40 crores from the makers of his biopic M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), starring Sushant Singh Rajput.
  • He loves “camouflage” clothes and accessories.
  • On 2 April 2018, he received Indin’s 3rd highest civilian award ‘Padma Bhushan‘ from President Ram Nath Kovind. Dhoni made this prestigious moment even more special by wearing a military uniform and by marching past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

  • Here’s an interesting video about Mahendra Singh Dhoni:

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