MS Dhoni 40th Birthday: Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who celebrates his birthday on 7th July, is widely regarded as one of the all-time greats of cricket. Coming from a small cricketing state of Jharkhand, Dhoni took India to big heights in world cricket through his unorthodox style of play, that not only reflected in his batting but also in the way he captained.
Here are a few interesting lesser-known facts about MS Dhoni that you might not have known:
1) In School, Dhoni’s first love was for Football before cricket. He used to play as a goalkeeper for at district and club. Mahi, as he was often called, also played badminton at a club level. He moved to cricket on the advice of his coach Keshav Banerjee.
2) The 22-year-old Dhoni was discovered through BCCI’s small-town talent-spotting initiative in 2003 when he was playing for Jharkhand in a match at Jamshedpur.
3) Within three years of his international debut, MS Dhoni was made the captain of the Indian team for the inaugural T20 World Cup, and he won it. His rise as a cricketer saw him getting the highest sports honors like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna(2007), Padma Shri(2009), and Padma Bhushan(2018).
4) MS Dhoni became the most expensive cricketer of IPL in 2008 when he was bought by Chennai Super Kings(CSK) franchise.
5) Dhoni’s love affair with bikes is a well-known fact. However, MS has taken it to a new level when he co-partnered in buying a Supersport World Championship team, Mahi Racing Team India in 2012.
6) Dhoni also co-owns Ranchi Rays, a Hockey India League franchise, and Chennaiyan FC in Indian Super League.
7) MS Dhoni’s net worth in 2021 is a whopping Rs 826 crore approx. All his income comes through IPL and brand endorsements.
8) Dhoni is a massive fan of Bollywood actor John Abraham and he even shot a film with his favorite actor in 2010 – Hook ya Crook, directed by David Dhawan. However, the film didn’t release, and no one could see Dhoni on a big screen.
9) MS Dhoni loves listening to Kishore Kumar’s songs. The fact that he used a Kishore Kumar song in his retirement video is a testament to his love for the singer.
10) In 2011, Dhoni became the first Indian cricketer to be conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel. He often visits the army camps and stays with them.
13. Dhoni is also an avid motorhead. The Chennai Super Kings skipper boasts of a luxurious bike collection including the likes of Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate X132 Hellcat, Yamaha RD350, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R, Ducati 1908, Harley-Davidson Fat Boy among several others.
14. MS Dhoni is a true patriot. He was conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant-colonel in the Indian Territorial Army for his contribution to cricket. In August 2019 he completed a two-week stint with the Territorial Army in Jammu and Kashmir.
15. MS Dhoni has hit the most sixes as international captain, having launched 211 hits over the fence. Overall, he has hit 359 sixes, the fifth most in history.
16. MS Dhoni’s 183* against Sri Lanka in 2005 remains the highest score by a wicket-keeper batsman in international cricket.
17. Dhoni is the first, and so far only, wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game. His current total of stumpings in internationals stands at 161.
18. MS Dhoni has played the most matches in T20I history as both captain and wicket-keeper, having represented India in 72 games.
19. MS Dhoni Awards and Honours
- 2018: Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award
- 2009: Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian award
- 2007–08: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
20. MS Dhoni’s long hairstyle was due to his admiration for John Abraham, who is his favourite actor.
21. The CSK Skipper has listed Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar as his idols in the past.
22. MS Dhoni is the only Indian captain to win five consecutive series
23. Captain Cool is a pet lover and has four dogs- Sam (a Belgian Malinois), Lilly and Gabbar—two white huskies, and Zoya, a Dutch Shepherd
24. A biographical film based on the life of Dhoni, titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, was released on 30 September 2016. The film starred Sushant Singh Rajput in the lead role.
25. MS Dhoni is credited for playing the “helicopter shot” which he learnt from a childhood friend.
26. The CSK captain launched lifestyle brand SEVEN in 2016 and owns the footwear side of the brand. He also invested in Cars24 and is the brand ambassador of the same.
27. The CSK captain is also a co-owner, along with Abhishek Bachchan and Vita Dani, of Chennai-based football club Chennaiyin FC, a franchise of the Indian Super League
28. MS Dhoni also co-partnered Akkineni Nagarjuna in buying a Supersport World Championship team, Mahi Racing Team India.
29. Dhoni also entered into a long-term business agreement with Banijay Asia which developed a documentary web series, titled Roar of The Lion, about the comeback of the Chennai Super Kings.
30. MS Dhoni announced his retirement from International Cricket on 15 August 2020.