Who is not the fan of Mr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni? The captain cool is a legendary cricketer. He is one of those great cricketers whom people will never forget. Not only as a cricketer but also as a person Dhoni is adored and revered. He is an inspiration to all the budding cricketers. He is an epitome of success for those who think belonging to a small town limits options for you.
Dhoni didn’t get success overnight. He showed great patience and perseverance for reaching the zenith of success. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also called lovingly as Mahi, was born and brought up in a small town Ranchi, which is now the capital of Jharkhand. Since childhood, he was interested in sports. In his school days he used to play football. But one day his sports coach in school suggested him to play cricket. He started playing the game and developed interest in that sport day by day. He was an industrious player and so his game kept on improving. He participated in school level tournaments where his performance was appreciated. Later on he also played district level and state level cricket.
Dhoni did not belong to a very affluent family. He had limited resources but he never gave up his dreams. He got the job of ticket collector in Eastern zone railway. Despite his unwillingness, he had joined and continued the job for some years. He wanted to play for the national team but he was not getting the proper opportunity. During his job, one day he took the tough decision to resign and focus fully on his cricket career. He knew very well that leaving the job was a risk but he had faith in himself and his hard-work. It took him some time but his hard-work paid off. The selection board of Indian Cricket team gave him a chance and from then Dhoni never looked back.
In a short span of time, he made his mark in international cricket. He proved that he is a great batsman and wicket-keeper. His style of scoring sixes (the famous helicopter style) won the hearts of fans. He was made the captain of Indian Cricket Team in the year 2007. He is one of the most successful cricket captains in the world. He had won many matches for India. Dhoni is credited with building a strong Indian cricket team and giving preference to young talents. Under his captainship, India won the world cup against Sri Lanka in the year 2011. This achievement came to India the second time after the 1983 world cup.
Dhoni has been awarded with Padma Bhushan and Padma Shree awards. He has also received the Rajeev Gandhi Khel Ratna award. The Indian territorial army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant General to him. At present Dhoni endorses many brands and is a popular face on television. A successful movie has also been made on the life of the great captain and the pride of India- MS Dhoni.
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