MS Dhoni's 'Mahi' journey: From being a prankster in school to 'Captain Cool'

Updated: Jul 06, 2020, 08:23 | Shawn.Dsouza
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    At a younger age, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was selected at the district and club levels for sports like badminton and football. His game was a huge hit among all his colleagues. (Pic/ AFP)

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    MS Dhoni was quite the mischievous sorts. He and his classmates would often play pranks during his time at the railway quarters. 

    A picture of MS Dhoni during a cricket tournament from his college days

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    Mahendra Singh Dhoni married his childhood friend, schoolmate and longtime partner Sakshi Rawat in July 2010. 

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    MS Dhoni and Sakshi Dhoni welcomed a baby girl into the world in February 2015. They named their daughter Ziva. (Pic/ PTI)

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    MS Dhoni is the recipient of the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), Padma Shri (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2018) awards.

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  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni's nickname is 'Mahi'. The wicket-keeper batsman is lovingly known by this name not only in India but all around the world

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    MS Dhoni has majorly transformed himself into one of cricket's most calm and composed players. His approach to the game is very smooth and he does not tend to crumble under pressure. Hence, Dhoni was also nicknamed 'Captain Cool' during his captaincy days

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    MS Dhoni is popularly known for his keen interest in bikes. He is the co-owner of Supersport World Championship team named Mahi Racing Team India.

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    MS Dhoni's sports idols are Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist. He is also a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan and Lata Mangeshkar. (Pic/ PTI)

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    MS Dhoni led Team India to the historic 2007 Twenty20 World Cup title after they beat Pakistan in the final. Dhoni and Co arrived back home to a rousing welcome

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    MS Dhoni led Team India to lift the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup becoming only the second Indian captain after Kapil Dev to do so.

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    MS Dhoni is the co-owner of Indian Super League football franchise Chennaiyin FC. Dhoni's Chennaiyin FC have won the ISL tournament on two occasions - 2015 and 2017-18. (Pic/ Sameer Markande)

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    Besides playing cricket, MS Dhoni has some interesting hobbies that you may not have a clue of. MS Dhoni's hobbies include playing video games, listening to ghazals and riding bikes. (Pic/ Nimesh Dave)

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    MS Dhoni is also the captain of the Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings. CSK has won the IPL three times - (2010, 2011, 2018) and Champions League T20 twice (2010, 2014) - under Dhoni's captaincy.

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    A Bollywood biographical film based on the life of Dhoni, titled 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story' was released in September 2016. It starred late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput in the title role and was directed by Neeraj Pandey.

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About The Gallery

India's former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the few cricketers who has changed the game. Over the years, Mahi has transformed into a mature and talented cricketer setting examples for many. As we gear up to celebrate his birthday on July 7, we take a look at some lesser-known facts about him