Ten fascinating life facts about MS Dhoni



  1. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 in Ranchi city of Jharkhand state.
  2. Dhoni played as a football goalkeeper during his school days. He made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004, and was run out on the first ball.
  3. Before being a cricketer, he was a train ticket examiner(TTE) at Kharagpur railway station for 2 years.
  4. Dhoni is the only Indian captain to have led his team to victory in all three major ICC tournaments: the Twenty-20 World Cup (2007), 50 Over World Cup (2011) and the Champion’s Trophy (2013).
  5. He was recommended as captain of Team India by Retired Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar.
  6. Fondly called Mahi, Dhoni is a huge fan of Australian wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist.
  7. Dhoni’s signature shot ‘The helicopter shot’ was taught to him by the former Jharkhand cricketer, Santosh Lal.
  8. MSD is a fond of bikes. He owns around 23 super bikes.
  9. MS Dhoni was given the honourary rank of Lt Colonel by the Indian Army in 2011.
  10. Dhoni loves listening to old classic Hindi movie melodies and is a Kishore Kumar fan
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