Millions of Indian cricket fans were left in awe and shock on the eve of 15th August, 2020, the day when MS Dhoni announced his retirement from International Cricket. The most Successful Indian captain had a splendid career with many ICC Trophies to his name. “Dhoni: The Untold Story” a movie based on life story of MS Dhoni was released in 2016 starring Late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh. Here are Top 10 Interesting Facts about MS Dhoni from the Story of Captain Cool.
Top 10 Interesting Facts about MS Dhoni
One of the highest run-scorers in ODI Cricket, MS Dhoni is also considered the most effective finisher in the history of cricket. Besides, he is also the one of the greatest wicket-keeper batsman and captains of all time in cricket. Born on 7 July 1981 at Ranchi, Bihar, Dhoni went on to become an Indian Cricket legend during his career. Here are Top 10 Interesting Facts about MS Dhoni.
1.He initially played football as a Kid instead of Cricket
Born in a Hindu Rajput Family at Ranchi, MS Dhoni was a multi-talented Kid. He was a fan of Adam Gilchirst. Moreover, his childhood heroes were Sachin Tendulkar, India Actor Amitabh Bachan and Singer Lata Mangeshkar. While studying at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand, he initially excelled in Badminiton and Foot ball.
He became the wicket-keeper for his Football team and played local club cricket on the instruction of his football coach. From there on Dhoni remained the wicket-keeper for Commando cricket club from 199 to 1998. Based on his performance, his club allowed him to play in the Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship 1998 season. After the 10th standard he started focusing on cricket.
2. He Worked as Ticket Collector in Indian Railways
Before becoming part of Indian National Cricket team, Dhoni worked as a Ticket Collector (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003. During these days, he remained as an honest and straight forward Traveling Ticket Examiner for Indian Railways.
One Night, he and his friend covered themselves with bed sheets to pretend to be ghosts and walked in the complex. People got frightened and it made news the next day.
3. He is the most sponsored athlete in India
As per reports, MS Dhoni is the most sponsored athlete in India. He is the second highest paid cricketer in India after Virat Kohli. The Vice President of India Cements LTD makes 2.1 Million Dollars from playing in the Indian Premier League. Moreover, his estimated Net worth is said to be above 200 Millions Dollars.
MS Dhoni was listed 23rd on Forbes list of Highest Paid athletes in the world. As of now he endorses more than 35 Brands in India including Dream 11, Cars 24, Go Daddy and Gulf Oil India. That makes him the most sponsored athlete in India.
4. His Biography was named Dhoni: The Untold Story
A film by the name of Dhoni: The Untold Story starring Late Indian actor Sushant Singh was released by Neeraj Panday in 2016 as the Bio Graphy of MS Dhoni. Cricket Lovers liked the movie and it has now rating of 7.9 on IDMB Ratings. It was the first Biography Film of a Prominent Cricketer in India. Quickly, it became the most loved movies in India.
Dhoni: The Untold Story shared the story of MS Dhoni from being a Ticket Collector in Indian Railways to becoming the most successful Indian Captain of all times. There have been many other movies circling around the stories of other Indian sportsman, but the massive fan following of MS Dhoni, made this movie a bigger success.
5. He was the most expensive Player in IPL inaugural season.
MS Dhoni was purchased by Chennai Super Kings for 9.5 Crore in the IPL Auction for inaugural season. That made him the the most expensive player to be bought in IPL 2008, surpassing the cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist and Sangakara.
Though, Chris Morris surpassed MS Dhoni by breaking the record of most expensive player in IPL history during the IPL 2021 auction. However, Dhoni is still remains the most successful captain with two trophies to his name. After joining Chennai Super Kings in 2008, he remains with the Franchise till date.
6. He is the first player to be awarded with ICC ODI Player of the year, twice.
In his 15 years long International career, MS Dhoni achieved a lot of goals in the game of cricket. He received ICC ODI Player of the year award for two consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. Moreover, Dhoni was also awarded with Rajiv Gadhi Khel Ratna in 2008 ( India’s highest honor for achievements in sports.
Not only this, he also had the honor to be included in the ICC ODI Team of the year in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011–2014). Moreover, he also was part of ICC Test Team of the year in 2009, 2010, 2013.
In addition, MS Dhoni was also declared captain and wicket-keeper for ICC ODI Team of the Decade (2011-2021) and ICC Test Team of the Decade (2011-20210. Also, he received ICC Spirit of the cricket award for the decade. Other honor and awards that MS Dhoni attained in his career are MTV Youth Icon of the Year, LG People’s Choice Award, and CNN-News18 Indian of the Year award.
7. He is a biker and Car Lover at the same time.
After fulfilling his dreams as a cricketer, MS Dhoni bought many bikes and cars to manage his love for motor bikes and expensive cars. He now owns a collection of more than 32 bikes including Kawasaki Ninja H2, Confederate X132 Hellcat, Ninja ZX-14R, Harley Davidson FatBoy, Ducati 1098 and Yamaha Thundercat. It is now believed, if you ever want to have a look on amazing cars and bike collections, Go look for Garage of MS Dhoni.
Not only this, MS Dhoni also owns a beautiful car collection as well. His Car collection consists of Ferrari 599 GTO, Hummer H2, GMC Sierra, Audi Q7 and many more. Truly, he is a biker and a car lover at the sometime. Being the richest athlete India has sure its benefits.
8. He is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army.
MS Dhoni was granted with an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Army in 2011. He was the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive the honor. In 2019, he completed a two week stint with the Indian army in Territory of Indian Occupied Kashmir.
During the stint, he visited Ladakh and Siachen 106 TA Battalion after missing India tour of West Indies 2019. As being the Brand ambassador of Indian army he also engaged himself in motivating the members of his Unit.
9. He is the most successful Indian ODI Captain.
Before ICC World Championship 2019-21, Dhoni held the record for being the most successful Indian captain in Test Format. However, after his retirement, Virat Kohli lead India into the Championship and surpassed his record with 36 wins in 62 matches.
However, MS Dhoni still holds the most successful Indian ODI Captain record with 110 wins in 200 matches and a percentage of 59.42. Apart from it, MS Dhoni is also the most successful T20 captain with 41 victories in 72 matches and a percentage of 59.28.
How’s that for the most successful captain?
10. He has a higher Net Worth than Sachin Tendulkar
Indian Cricket God Sachin Tendulkar still rules the Cricket records with most runs in International cricket. But, not in the terms of Net Worth. As per Google, MS Dhoni owns a higher Net Worth than Sachin Tendulkar. As, Sachin Tendulkar Net Worth in 2021 is estimated to be 1090 Crore Indian Rupees. Whereas, MS Dhoni has a net worth of 1387.5 Crore Indian Rupees in 2021.
Well, given the number of brands that MS Dhoni now endorses, He must have a higher Net Worth than Sachin Tendulkar. As, he is the most sponsored athlete on our little blue planet.
So, here is our list. What facts do you think should be included about MS Dhoni on our list. Let us know in the comment box.