India has been a prominent team among international cricket teams. But the glory of the biggest team grew scales under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Indian cricket got its vertebrae straight during his leadership. He is a man of strong willpower, determination and above all a supporting head of team like ours. Time magazine lists him among the ‘100 most influential person in 2011’. His enthusiasm and passion for the cricket makes him my favorite cricketer.
M S Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand to Pan Singh and Devaki Devi. Dhoni was a goalkeeper for his football team. But his goal keeping skills was directed to wicket keeping and he mastered it. He began his cricket journey from Vinoo Mankad trophies. And the performance enlisted him in U-19. Gradually he made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in 1999-2000. It was the cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri spotted his potential to a world class player. His first ODI was against Bangladesh. But won remarkable position in ODI team with the success of India – Pakistan ODI series and rest was history.
Dhoni is exemplary for his super cool attitude in tense scenarios. He was ready to render the best whenever the team needs him most. He was getting so popular that he was chose to be 10 Th most valuable brand in sports world wide. Dhoni became the captain of Indian team for the inaugural ICC World Tewnty20 in South Africa in September 2007. India won the match and was titled champions. He was then the ODI captain of the Indian team against Australia in September 2007.He was made the test captain of the leading cricket team of India from the final test against Australia in November 2008 replacing Anil Kumble.
Dhoni has bagged many records during his career. Test and ODI international records are so large in number and enviable. India has won the T-20 World Cup and ODI World Cup under his captaincy. He has been awarded ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009. He was recognized for LG People’s Choice Award in 2013. And the golden feather of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest honor was given for his achievement in sports; 2007–08. He was respected with honorary doctorate degree by De Montfort University in August 2011.
Apart From Cricket
M S Dhoni is not just a cricketer. He is an enthusiast and has special love for all sports. He has a large collection of bikes and cars. Currently Dhoni has 20 endorsements one less than Sharukh khan only. His heroes include teammate Sachin Tendulkar, actor Amitab Bachan and singer Lata Mangeshkar.
MS Dhoni got married on the 4th of July 2010, to Sakshi Singh Rawat, a native of Dehradun, Uttarakhand. She was his schoolmate in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not just a mere cricket player. He is a lesson and motivation. His ability to maintain balance and focus in times of troublesome situations made him heroic. His biographical film ‘M S Dhoni: The untold Story’ helps us to know more about his attitude of responsibility. Life of Dhoni is a story of hard work just like any famous personality. And the beauty of all success and glory he bought to Indian cricket team lies in his simplicity which made him my favorite cricketer.