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The Inspiring Success Story of Mahendra Singh Dhoni- The Captain Cool

Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Picture credit: Aavtar Singh from flickr

Welcome to Youth Motivator. I would like to tell you about the most successful cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
This is the success story of how a person born in an underdeveloped area, Ranchi, Jharkhand became the most successful cricket captain.
This article is the biography of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The golden day in history-

 In the year 1983, in Lords playground for the first time in history, India won the cricket World Cup under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. That day is the golden day of the Indian cricket history.
Remembering that moment Sunil Gavaskar said- It is something that brings goose bumps even after so many years. It’s difficult to believe that you were once a part of a World Cup winning team.
After that period many great players played for the Indian cricket team, like V. V. S. Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly, etc. but winning the World Cup for the second time seemed very difficult.

Cricket as a religion-

India is a country where cricket is presumed as a religion and India is one of the few countries in the world, in which the majority of population follows cricket.
After 1983, many Indians eagerly hoped for another World Cup, but were deeply disappointed because Indian cricket team used to lose in the final stages of match.

The saviour-

During these disappointing times, a youngster from Ranchi, Jharkhand with long hair became the captain of Indian cricket team.
Dhoni was inspired by John Abraham’s long hair style.
He used to implement many novel strategies by which the opponent teams were subjected to fright.
Under his captaincy, the Indian cricket team won ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, World cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

Making India number one-

By his efforts India reached to the number one position in the world cricket.
And he was the only captain to win all the ICC trophies.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on1 July, 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand.
His father, Pan Singh is a retired employee of Mecon, a public sector company under ministry of steel.
His mother Devaki Devi is a house wife. This couple is blessed with three children by names Narendra Singh Dhoni, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and a daughter by name Jayanti Gupta.
Narendra Singh Dhoni is serving as a politician. Jayanti Gupta is an English teacher.

How a footballer turned out to be a cricketer?

In his school days, he used to play football and badminton. He wanted to become a football player in future.
He played football in district level; his role in the team was a goal-keeper.
During his sixth standard in Jawahar Vidhya  Mandir School, Banerjee, the sports teacher of Jawahar Vidya Mandir and a cricket coach by name Bhattacharyya were looking  for a good wicketkeeper for cricket.
They both realised the talent of Dhoni and selected him into a cricket team.
But Dhoni never played football in his life, even then in his first cricket match he did a great wicket keeping job and as a result was praised by many.

Into commando cricket team-

He used to play as a regular wicket keeper for Commando cricket team in between the years 1995-1998.
He was selected in under 16 category to play for a trophy in the year 1998. In that tourney, Dhoni played really well.
For Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist of Australia is an inspirational figure.
So, after the completion of his tenth standard, he focused solely on cricket and also he used to focus on batting.
So after a period of time he used to score many sixes.
Later he got selected to Bihar under 19 team. He exhibited his good wicket-keeping and batting skills.

Dhoni’s setback-

Even as he used to bat very well by scoring sixes his talent was not recognised by the selection team as he hailed from a backward region.
In the year 2000, the selections for under-19 team was going on and BCCI was declaring the names of the selected players.

His confidence and positive attitude-

Dhoni along with his friends and family members were glued to television, hoping that Dhoni’s name would be announced.
After a long suspense, the BCCI announced names of some 15 players; unfortunately Dhoni was not able to get selected.
Everyone was in a gloomy mood but Dhoni started to distribute sweets.
His friends were shocked to see his action, to which Dhoni replied that he realised the most important thing that day, that his performance is not adequate to get selected into the team.
So, he declared that from that day he will practice even more and will directly get selected into the Indian team.
This shows his confidence in self and his positive thinking.
He learnt important lessons from his mistakes and improved himself.

Missing another golden opportunity-

After which, he got selected to Duleep Trophy. But here also, he was very unlucky.
He received his selection news in the last minute, by which he was unable to reach on time and missed this golden chance.
By seeing all these failures in his son’s career, his father became depressed.
He pressurised Dhoni to abandon cricket and settle in any job.

As a Ticket Collector-

After which Dhoni, joined as a Ticket Collector in railways in Kharagpur region.
Even when Dhoni was in duty, he used to appear in a sad mood. So, his station manager enquired the reason behind this and found that he was sad because he was not able to play his favourite game- cricket.
So, the station manager finally allowed Dhoni to play cricket in the free time.

Helicopter Shot-

Dhoni’s trademark shot is known as Helicopter shot, he learned this shot from a Jharkhand cricketer by name Santosh Lal.
He started to play very well for railways and fortunately for the second time got selected to Duleep Trophy.

Still unlucky-

But this time, Yuvraj Singh scored a massive 301 runs, by which no one considered Dhoni.
After experiencing so many setbacks, Dhoni decided to take a bigger risk to test his luck.
So, he resigned his job.
Luckily, after a few days Dhoni by his talent and hard work got selected to East Zone.
Once in Jamshedpur, Dhoni was batting excellently, he was scoring subsequent sixes.

Thank you TRDW-

Luckily, his talent was noticed by Prakash Prodar, who was an officer in TRDW (Talent Resource Development Wing).
TRDW was established by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in the year 2002, its main function is to identify talented cricketers in far-flung corners of the country.
Thanks to TRDW, many talented cricketers got selected to the national cricket team; some of them include Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rudra Pratap Singh and Piyush Chawla.

Finally made his way to the national team-

With the reference of Prakash Poddar, Dhoni got selected to the India A team.
After which, Dhoni showcased his wicket keeping talent in Zimbabwe tour and in Kenya tour, he showcased his batting talent.
In Kenya tour, in a match with Pakistan, he showed his real talent by scoring back to back centuries in subsequent matches. In this series, he scored 362 runs with an average of 72 runs.
After this successful play, Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly noted Dhoni’s talent.
During that time, Indian cricket team was in the dire need of a good batting wicket-keeper because Rahul Dravid, Deep Dasgupta, Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Karthik could not fit into the wicket-keeping role well.
Finally, he got a chance in Indian cricket team in December 23, 2004 in Bangladesh tour.

First impression in not the best impression-

But unfortunately, in his first international debut match he played horribly and got duck-out. In that series, he scored only a total of 19 runs in 3 matches.
Dhoni thought that his career came to a dead end as he miserably failed in his first series.
But to everyone’s surprise Dhoni was given a second chance, he was selected to the ODI series with Pakistan.

Testing his luck in the top order-

In that series, the second match was played in Visakhapatnam, India.
Where the Indian team captain Sourav Ganguly took a very shocking decision of changing the order of Dhoni.
Dhoni who used to play in the lower order was shifted to top order in the team.
Dhoni utilised this golden opportunity. He scored 148 runs in just 123 balls, which consisted of 15 fours and 4 sixes.

Creating new records-

This day a new record was created by Dhoni, he became the highest scoring wicket keeper in Indian cricket team.
This marked the entry of a smashing batsman.
In the year 2005, in 3rd one day against Sri Lanka, he scored a mammoth 183 runs (not out) in the second innings. This day, he created the world record of scoring the maximum runs in second innings.
In this series, Dhoni won the Man of the series title.

7 long years-

Later, this record was broken after a long period of 7 years by Shane Watson of Australia.
In another series played against Pakistan, Dhoni topped the ICC ODI rankings by pushing Ricky Ponting to the second place.
After achieving all these feats, an unfortunate incident occurred.
Dhoni lost one of his dear friends, which disturbed him mentally. And this loss affected his game as well.
He scored only a total of 26 runs in 16 matches.
In 2007, in world cup series India lost to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh severely and exited in group stage.
In the two above matches, Dhoni was duck-out and he scored a total of just 29 runs in the total World Series matches.

Attacking his house-

This hurt his fans severely, which incited them to attack Dhoni’s house in Ranchi.
After failing continuously, Dhoni was subjected to enormous stress.

Starting afresh-
He relived the stress of his failures by spending his time with his childhood friends in Ranchi and by riding motorcycles.
Dhoni practiced even more and started to play very well.
As a result, he was promoted to Vice Captain and subsequently to Captain positions.
In the September of 2007, in T20 world cup his bowling decision in the critical time helped India to become champion.
This incident earned him the name of Captain cool.

Dhoni’s family-

He got married on 4th July, 2010 to Sakshi Singh Rawat, his schoolmate. And this couple is blessed with a daughter by name Ziva Dhoni.
Dhoni is well-known for encouraging young talent; he readied a young cricket team for 2011 world cup match.
The team included Sachin and Indian cricket team won the world cup again.
In the final match, many batsmen did not play well.

Maintaining his coolness in demanding times-

Sehwag got duck out and Sachin scored just 18 runs. This disappointed the Indian cricket fans who started to abandon the stadium.  But at this crucial moment, Dhoni helped the team by scoring 91 runs. He finished the match with his trademark helicopter shot in the last ball.
This made him to win Man of the match award and the hearts of cricket fans.

After a long wait of 28 years, India finally won the world cup-

Dhoni credited the team with winning the cup by handing the cup to the team members.
Even today, Dhoni is actively contributing to the Indian cricket team.

Other interesting things about Dhoni-

  • Sachin credited Dhoni as the best captain in the world.
  • Dhoni is bike lover. He has collected over 44 bikes.
  • He also runs a life style company by name seven, which sells apparels.
  • Dhoni is awarded with many awards like Padma Shri, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, MTV youth icon.
  • He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in Indian Territorial Army.
  • In June 2015, Forbes magazine named him as the 23rd richest athlete in the world.
  • He is also The Times most influential people in the world.
  • In the year 2016, a film was made on him by name M.S. Dhoni- the untold story. Sushant Singh Rajput played the role of Dhoni; this film collected over 204 crores worldwide.
  • His love towards football made him to purchase a team by name Chennaiyin FC in Indian super league.         
  • Now, the net worth of Dhoni is over 111 million.
  • The life story of Dhoni is inspiration to many people.

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