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jayant   |  2021-06-21

39 Amazing MS Dhoni Facts: Are You A True MSD Fan? Prove it !!

MS Dhoni has turned 39 and now that he is retired – we present 39 amazing facts about MS Dhoni you may not know about

Whether you are an MS Dhoni fan or not, you must admit that he is the most successful Indian captain of all time

He also proved that with the right amount of exposure, cricketers from small towns made it to the top of the mountain

India’s most successful cricket captain, MS Dhoni had always been the savior for the team in crisis

Yes, he took some time to become the MSD we know today, but when it happened, its Team India that got benefitted

I can carry on with this praise, but as we are here for MS Dhoni, let us immediately get into those.

39 Amazing MS Dhoni Facts You Need To Know

1) Dhoni worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner in his initial days

Dhoni made his Ranji debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000 season but didn’t play long over there

He joined as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station under South Eastern Railway

Dhoni served as a TTE over there from 2001 to 2003 before finally deciding to quit the job to pursue his dreams

2) When ‘Captain Cool’ met the ‘God of Cricket’ for the 1st time

MS Dhoni first met Sachin Tendulkar during a Duleep match in Trophy 2001-02, played in Pune.

Dhoni was not playing in the match and went to serve drinks for the East Zone players during a drinks break.

While on the field, Sachin asked if he could get it or not and Dhoni gladly served drinks to him

This was the first interaction that he had with the ‘God of Cricket’

3) When Akash Chopra insisted Dhoni to cut-off his long hair

Aakash Chopra once shared a story about Dhoni about their India A tour against Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2004

Aakash suggested him to cut his long-hair if he wishes to play for India’s senior team for a longer period

But in reply, MS told that even Prime Minister General Musharraf had asked him never to cut his hair short

So, he will not cut his hair short and wish youngsters to follow this trend and start growing their hair

4) MS Dhoni: The perfect team man

On the same Zimbabwe and Kenya tour, Dhoni was the backup wicket-keeper to Dinesh Karthik.

So, one day Akash saw that Dhoni is helping Karthik with throw-downs in the nets

After a while, Akash made him understand that Karthik is his competition, but it did not affect him

He replied that he wants just to enjoy the moment and bowl, anyone if it benefits the team

5) It was Sourav Ganguly who opted for Dhoni over other senior wicket-keepers

Sourav in his autobiography ‘A Century is Not Enough’ mentions that he was impressed with Dhoni

More than his keeping, his power-hitting in the nets during Challenger Trophy impressed him the most

So, during a phone call with the selection panel, he decided Dhoni over other senior wicket-keepers

6) MS Dhoni was run out at zero in his first match

MSD had an abysmal start to his career as he got out to zero in his first match in Chittagong

India had to accelerate the scores, and he chipped in the ball for a quick single to get off strike

But the Bangladesh side was young with right fielders, and as a result, he got run out by Khaled Masud

7) Ganguly’s decision changed Dhoni’s life

Ganguly always had an eye for recognizing talent, and he knew Dhoni was not getting chances at No.7.

So, at Vizag, against Pakistan, he promoted Dhoni to No.3 position where he got his maiden century

Dhoni scored 148 runs in the match and broke the record for the highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper

This match-winning inning changed his career and its this inning from which his career took-off

8) Dhoni’s cricketing inspirations were Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar

Dhoni’s all-time favorite cricketer was Sachin and was inspired by Gilchrist to pursue wicket-keeping

When Dhoni was young, he used to tell his parents to wake him up only when Sachin was batting

In an interview with Dean Jones after the toss, MS revealed Gilchrist was his idol while growing up

9) Dhoni’s friend Santosh Lal taught him to play the ‘Helicopter Shot.’

Dhoni’s signature shot, the ‘Helicopter Shot’ made him very popular among the cricket fans

But he didn’t invent that shot, and that credit goes to Dhoni’s friend and Ranji teammate Santosh Lal

In Dhoni’s biopic, it is revealed that Mahi’s friend, Santosh Lal taught him to play this problematic looking shot

Santosh passed away in July 2013 while batting with acute pancreatitis, and Dhoni helped him get better treatment

10) MS Dhoni blasted his career-best ODI score of 183 in Jaipur

Dhoni, in the 3rd ODI of the 7-match series against Sri Lanka (2005), was promoted to bat at No.3.

He didn’t disappoint and proved his worth scoring a thunderous 183 not out against Sri Lanka

That score of 183 not out (15 fours, ten sixes) is the highest score by any wicket-keeper batsman in ODIs

11) Dhoni is the fastest to reach No. 1 of ICC ODI Rankings

Dhoni due to his excellent performances became the fastest batsmen to reach No.1 of ICC ODI rankings

He took only 42 ODI innings to reach this milestone and overtook Ricky Ponting in the due process

Dhoni’s reign at the top lasted for just one week as Adam Gilchrist replaced him at the top

12) Sachin Tendulkar suggested MS Dhoni’s name as captain in 2007

India performed miserably in the 2007 Cricket World Cup, and Rahul Dravid gave up captaincy

Dravid suggested Sachin’s name as India’s next captain and asked Sharad Pawar to talk with him on this issue

But Sachin was not eager to take that responsibility and instead suggested Dhoni’s name for captaincy

Dhoni was made the Captain for the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 which India managed to win

13) When MS Dhoni had his Sourav Ganguly moment in Johannesburg

After winning the ICC World T20, 2007, MS Dhoni took off his shirt and gave it to a young fan.

Five years earlier Sourav Ganguly had taken off his shirt following an Indian victory at Lords

The new Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni went a step further and gave his shirt to a young fan.

14) Commonwealth Bank Series – the series which solidified Dhoni’s position as captain of the Indian team

India managed to win the Commonwealth Bank Series (2007-08) against Australia in Australia under his leadership

He became the 1st Indian wicket-keeper to score over 300 runs in an ODI series

He was the first Asian wicket-keeper to register 20+ dismissals (21) in an ODI series

Critics also came to believe that he is the best man for the job of captaining the Indian side

15) He was the most expensive player in the first edition of IPL

In the 1st edition of IPL, Chennai Super Kings bought MS Dhoni for a record amount of money

They purchased him for US$1.5 million, and he became the most expensive player in that edition of IPL

Today, as we speak now, we just can’t imagine Chennai Super Kings without MS Dhoni

16) 2008 needs to be renamed as the MS Dhoni’s year

It’s not an overstatement as the year 2008 proved to be the watershed moment of Dhoni’s career

This year MS received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and became the ICC ODI Player of the year for the first time

In November 2008, after Kumble’s retirement, Dhoni was appointed as the full-time test captain of India

17) MS Dhoni and his passion for motorcycles

MS is fond of his motorcycles, and this love for two-wheelers goes back when he used to ride a Rajdoot

Over the years, Dhoni’s collection of motorcycles has just increased

It includes Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate X132 Hellcat, and many more like Royal Enfield Machismo, Yamaha RD350

18) Dhoni’s made his Ranji Trophy debut at the age of 18

Dhoni made his debut for Bihar in the year 1999 at the age of 18

He caught everybody’s attention because of his unconventional style of play and for his ability to hit sixes

MS was also rejected from East Zone because of his style of playing shots in his early days

Dhoni played 131 First-class matches and scored 7038 runs with nine hundred and 47 half-centuriesBig Rock Hosting

19) MS Dhoni and his phenomenal records in IPL

MS is the only cricketer to play in eight IPL finals and as Captain of CSK has won in 2010, 2011 and 2018

He is the only cricketer in IPL to win over 100 matches as captain in the IPL (104 to be precise)

Dhoni has effected most dismissals in IPL history (132 dismissals) with 38 dismissals coming in the form of stumpings

20) MS Dhoni faced criticism for wicket-keeping

MS Dhoni faced criticism for his unorthodox style of wicket-keeping skills in his early days

Especially from former wicket-keeper batsmen Syed Kirmani publicly criticized his wicket-keeping skills

But today, he holds the record of most no. of stumpings (178 ) in international cricket

21) Dhoni’s phenomenal captaincy record

Dhoni is the 3rd captain in the world after Ricky Ponting and Allan Border to win more than 100 ODI matches

He is also the only captain to win all three major ICC trophies –

  • 2007 World T20.
  • 2011 ODI World Cup.
  • 2013 Champions Trophy.

He has captained India in 331 International matches, which is the most by any player in cricket history.

Dhoni was also the first captain to take India to Number One spot in the test matches.

22) An Air India employee

Everyone knows that MS Dhoni was an employee with Indian Railways, but I bet only a few know about this stuff

He was an employee for Air-India and played for Air India in the BCCI Corporate Trophy.

However, Dhoni gave up his Air-India job in 2013, when he became the Vice-President of India cements.

23) Relationship and Marriage with Sakshi Rawat

India’s captain and the hottest bachelor at that time tied the knot with Sakshi on 23rd July 2010 at Dehradun.

Dhoni met Sakshi through a common friend and was in a relationship for two years before getting married

The marriage took place in a farmhouse in Dehradun, and Bipasha Basu confirmed it on social media

24) Dhoni has the record for the fastest ever stumping in the history of cricket

Dhoni has the record of fastest ever stumping, which took only 0.08 seconds.

He stumped West Indies batsman Keemo Paul ff the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja within 0.08 sec.

By doing so, he broke his record of 0.09 seconds, which he held earlier.

25) Dhoni finishes off in style !!

Dhoni has managed to finish matches with a six on nine different occasions

He has also hit most sixes in international cricket as a captain ( 204 sixes )

And yes, he is the only to cricketer to win a world cup for his team with a six.

26) Dhoni also holds the record of most not-outs in the history of ODIs ( 78 not outs )

27) Dhoni is the only player to win the ICC Player of the Year award twice ( 2008, 2009 )

28) It was Suresh Raina who gave Dhoni the news of her daughter Ziva’s birth

Dhoni was the Captain of India in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 and was at the same time expecting his first child

Dhoni has the habit of not carrying his mobile phone while practicing in the nets

That’s why his wife Sakshi informed about his daughter’s birth to Suresh Raina to tell it to MS Dhoni

So MS came to know about this good news from Suresh Raina

29) Dhoni stopped at 90 tests

Dhoni chose to step down as the Indian Captain in the year 2014 after playing the Boxing Day test match

This came as a shocker as nobody was expecting this kind of sudden announcement

It was during a BBL match that very day when Ricky Ponting broke this news on the commentary table

He scored 4876 in 90 games at an average of 38.09 with six hundred and 33 fifties

30) Dhoni’s list of favorites

Dhoni was a WWE fan in his teenage days and listed Bret’ The Hitman’ Hart and Hulk Hogan as his favorite

He is also a fan of Roger Federer, Amitabh Bachchan, Kishore Kumar, and Lata Mangeshkar

MS was a football fan even before he became a cricketer and also liked playing badminton.

He follows the English Premier League, and he is an avid follower of Manchester United.

31) Dhoni saved Virat Kohli getting dropped in tests

India toured Australia for playing four-match Test series against the Australians in 2011

Kohli was already an established ODI player but was hardly getting any runs in harsh Australian conditions

Rohit Sharma was all set to replace Kohli for the Perth Test, but MS saved him from getting him dropped

The decision paid off as he scored his first century in Adelaide in the last test to justify his skipper’s decision

32) MS Dhoni registered the highest test score by an Indian wicket-keeper

Dhoni scored 224 against Australia in the Chennai Test match in 2013

This was the highest Test score by an Indian wicket-keeper beating Budhi Kunderan’s 192

It is also the 2nd highest score by an Indian captain against any team

33) The second slowest half-century scored by an Indian batsman

Over the years, we are used to seeing MS Dhoni playing aggressively, but in Antigua, in 2017 we saw a different Dhoni

In a crucial match against West Indies, and he scored a knock of 54 off 114 balls against West Indies in Antigua

By doing so, he became the second slowest Indian batsman to get a half-century

34) When MS Dhoni listened to the God of Cricket’s advise

It was Sachin Tendulkar who asked Dhoni to promote himself in the 2011 World Cup final

Dhoni played with Muralidharan in CSK and therefore was well aware of what his tricks

That’s why the God of cricket insisted Dhoni to push himself up the batting order against Sri Lanka

35) When MS picked the best moment of his career

In a recent interview, MS picked ‘Vande Mataram’ chant during the 2011 WC final as the best moment of his career.

In the 2011 World Cup final, when needed only 15-20 runs, all the spectators started chanting ‘Vande Mataram.’

That, along with the massive reception they got after winning 2007 T20 WC was Dhoni’s favorite cricket moment.

36) When Dhoni filed a defamation case on Zee News

During the 2013 IPL, CSK was accused of match-fixing, and Zee News spread the news that Dhoni was involved in it

That’s why MS filed a defamation suit on the Zee News and claimed 100 crores for spreading such news

That’s why the Madras High Court order the Zee team to stop telecasting such news without proper evidence

37) Dhoni cried after hitting the winning runs in the 2011 World Cup

Dhoni just like everyone else in the Indian team cried after winning the World Cup in 2011

The cameras were all busy capturing Harbhajan, Yuvraj who all were in tears after winning the cup

But unfortunately, there were no cameras to capture his emotions

38) MS Dhoni – the passionate sports lover

MSD owns a team named Mahi Racing Team India in the FIM Supersport World Championship

He is also a co-owner of Chennaiyan FC in partnership with Abhishek Bachchan.

MS also owns Rhiti Sports that has managed players like Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Faf Du Plessis.

39) MS Dhoni and national recognition

Dhoni was given the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the November of 2011

He also received the Padma Bhushan from the President in the year 2018

Other records

  • MS is the only captain who hasn’t lost a series on South African soil.
  • He is the Only batsman to Score 4000 runs at No.6 Position In ODIs.
  • First and Only Cricketer to Score 5000 runs in T20s as Captain.
  • Only Captain to Score a century at No.7 in ODIs

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