Shubham Jaiswal ([email protected])
A lot has been said and written about MS Dhoni, one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game. Articles have been written waxing lyrical of his knowledge and understanding of the game, he has been subjected of multiple books, a movie and continues to dominate cricket discussions despite having not played competitive cricket for a year now.
Dhoni, the man widely acknowledged as the greatest Indian captain, wicketkeeper and finisher, turns 39 today. Here we take a look at the interesting facts from his personal and processional life.
Cricket not his first love
Mahi, as he’s fondly called, played football and aspired to be a goalkeeper before switching to wicketkeeping. He’s a co-owner for Indian Super League club Chennaiyin and is considered as the best footballer among his Indian cricket teammates.
Dhoni loves butter chicken, and also enjoys hot chocolate fudge.
Dhoni is a fan of classic Hindi songs and is a Kishore Kumar fan.
Love for bikes
When not hitting sixes or effecting those lightning stumpings, Dhoni likes to unwind riding one of his several bikes. He has a garage full of motorcycles, a passion which dates back to his college days when he owned Rajdoot.
Highest ODI Score by a wicketkeeper
183* is Dhoni’s highest score in ODIs, made in 2005 against Sri Lanka in Jaipur. He struck 15 fours and five sixes while facing 145 deliveries in a successful chase of 299. This, to date, remains the highest score in ODIs by a specialist wicketkeeper-batsman.
Most stumpings in international career
Dhoni has effected the highest number of stumpings in international cricket’s history. In 538, matches across formats, he has 195 stumpings.
Dhoni remains the only captain in the history to have won all major global ICC trophies. He first led India to victory at the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and four years later, hit the winning six as they became the ODI World Champions for the second time. In 2013, he completed the troika by leading India to their maiden win in the ICC Champions Trophy too.