Known unknown facts about MS Dhoni

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Known unknown facts about MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni is one of the finest cool player ever produced by the Indian team and has numerous records to his name in all the three departments, batting, wicket-keeping, and captaincy.

When a timid boy from Jharkhand with long hair and a heavy bat made his debut against Bangladesh scoring a duck in his first match, nobody would have imagined that he will turn out to be one of the most successful captains in the history of the game. He’s scaled summits for India that fans would do well to remember beyond his retirement years. He’s been long locked for years. He’s taken India over the ropes on more occasions. We know Dhoni for his 8000 plus runs in international cricket and regard him for those brilliant 516 catches behind the wickets. But there are a host of facts about Dhoni that perhaps even lesser-known.

Here we highlight the most interesting facts about Mahendra Singh Dhoni that may be unknown to you.

  • Young Dhoni was a football freak and a consistent ‘goalie’ for his school side. Perhaps that is where the idea of saving runs and affecting dismissals from behind the wickets came from.

  • Dhoni who has also dabbled with Badminton plays golf quite frequently. During India’s memorable win over the Aussies in ICC World T20, 2016, Dhoni was in his golfing gear when not on the cricket field.

  • Dhoni is super talented, in 1999 Dhoni played his debut Ranji Trophy matches and he was just of 19 at that time.

  • In 2004 Dhoni made his ODI debut as a wicketkeeper against Bangladesh and got run out in the very first ball.

  • Dhoni is known to be quite a romantic at heart. He doesn’t mind chilling at home every now and again and is famous for taking his wife out on frequent holidays and expensive dinners, both during his overseas tours and across India.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also a spiritual person, deeply connected to his roots and culture. A practicing Hindu Rajput with roots in Uttarakhand, he frequents various temples wherever he’s traveling.

  • Dhoni’s favorite temple though is Ranchi Deori Mandir, a beautiful marvel of architecture located on N.H. 33, at the Tata-Ranchi highway.

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  • Dhoni was a big WWE buff. It is believed, his favorite wrestling icons are Bret Hart “Hitman” and Hulk Hogan, then, the number 2 and number 1 in the sport, respectively.

  • Back in 2007, the same year he debuted for India, Mahi met Sakshi, his wife, and love of life. The duo first met at Taj Bengal at Kolkata, around November-December 2007, when India-Pakistan match was playing at the Eden Gardens playground.

  • As an 18 year old, Dhoni stayed for days together in a rather modest government guest house at the Delhi-Mathura road. Dhoni’s monthly rental was a meager 150 rupees and along with his roommate, Shashi Ranjan, Mahi would stay mostly out sweating it at the nearby National Stadium and turning for clubs during weekends.

  • He can practically live off Chicken and Hot Chocolate Fudge, the two being his lifelong treasures.

  • He has come a long way as a record-breaking captain having won a world cup for the country in both T20 and 50 over format.

  • A long time Dhoni loyalist, Yudhajit Dutta has stuck with Mahi long enough to see his cricketing career grow from being bright at one time to flourishing into a wide cricketing empire.

  • The passion for stroking big strokes and taking diving catches closely follows his other burning desire of the cricket crease. That’s motorsports. A bike phonetic, Mahi, who owns 23 of those, by the way, has recently bought a Supersport World Championship Team and aptly named it - Mahi Racing Team India.

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the first ever wicket-keeper in all these years as a captain of Team India in the longer format when he took over the captaincy from Anil Kumble during the third Test match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2008 in Nagpur.

  • After the victory at Hamilton, he became the first Indian captain to win a Test match on New Zealand soil after a gap of 33 years.

  • MS Dhoni is the most successful Indian skipper in Test cricket. He has led the Indian team 60 times out of 90 matches in which he featured, winning 27 of those.

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  • After winning his first home Test match as captain against South Africa in April 2008, Dhoni also won his first away Test, at Hamilton as well against New Zealand.

  • Dhoni’s net value is $30 million.

  • MS Dhoni is the only Indian captain to win five consecutive Test series as he achieved this feat between 2008 and 2010.

  • Many consider Mahi to be a bike freak, but he is also a fondness for cars. Dhoni’s favorite wagon is a Hummer H2 and in fact, some of his cars bear the number ‘007’ on the number-plate.

  • Dhoni is an avid fan of old classic Hindi movie melodies. Kishore Kumar is the favorite singer of his for all time. Mahi also shares his birthday with one of India’s most loved and widely respected singer, Kailash Kher.

  • Dhoni is famous for his helicopter shot. The terrific cricketing shot that always hits the ball for a huge sixes. But, it wasn't Dhoni's technique at all. Rather, it was his gully friend Santosh Lal who taught him how to hit the helicopter shot.

  • According to surveys, he is the most paid cricketer in India right now and Only Shahrukh Khan has more brand endorsements than Mahi.

  • Dhoni is the only player to win the ICC Player of the Year award twice.

  • Dhoni has conferred with the honorary rank of Lt. Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in November 2011.

  • Dhoni is the third captain in world cricket to win more than 100 ODI matches after Australia's Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.

  • Dhoni Loves his Pet Dogs - Zarah(Labrador) and Sam(Alsatian). In 2013, Dhoni had adopted a stray dog from a rescue home in Ranchi and had urged the residents to do the same. His wife, Sakshi, is also known to love pets.

  • Dhoni is the only captain in world cricket to win all three ICC trophies - 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.

  • MS Dhoni received the Padma Bhushan(India's third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, 2018).