Today it would be hard to find anyone who does not know the name & legend that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Popularly known in the Cricketing world as Mahi, Captain Cool & Thala, Dhoni has proved to be of unparalleled value to the game of Cricket. Born in Ranchi (Jharkhand), Dhoni grew up as a fan of cricketing legends such as Adam Gilchrist & Sachin Tendulkar. Over the years Dhoni has emerged to be one of the biggest names in Cricket.
Why is M.S. Dhoni Known as Captain Cool
Among others, Captain Cool is the most well known nickname of Dhoni. No other name could be more apt to define Dhoni’s persona & playing style. It seems like Mahi has simply mastered the art of steering the team out of impossible situations. A skill that he has acquired with years of uncanny focus & determination. Looking back at all the challenging times, it looks as though he was simply out for a morning walk.
In the gentlemen’s game, even the smallest of decisions can affect the course of a match. Right from asking Ishant Sharma to bowl body line deliveries to English batsmen during England v/s India Test Match, 2014 or trusting his own abilities ahead of the in-form Yuvraj Singh to save his wicket during World Cup Final 2011, M.S. Dhoni is famous for taking such crucial match-winning decisions earning him the name of Captain Cool.
Cricket is Not the Only Thing that He LOVES
Making headlines for his hairstyle when he joined the team, Dhoni definitely has got some cool hobbies. We know that he loves to ride bikes and collect super cars. Mahi has also seen supporting Indian Army at various occasions. Apart from cricket Dhoni also enjoys playing Football & if you follow him on Social Media, you would know he is a Dog lover as well.
Dhoni’s LUCK Factor
If you follow cricket, you would know that Dhoni plays under Jersey number 7. Following through we can see he’s got a special preference for the number his birthday is on July 7. And the best part is the month July too is the 7th month of the calendar. So the number seven keeps repeating in various forms for Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. There’s more, Dhoni was born on July 7, 1981 and made his international debut seven years ago. Coincidence or reality, the lucky charm seems to be working for Mahi!
Some of his Unbeatable Records
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has undoubtedly proved his mantle again & again at the game, whether as a captain, wicket keeper or batsman. Here are some of the records held by the Captain Cool that adds to why he is one of the major faces of international cricket:
#1. Under his captaincy, Indian team won major tournaments in all 3 formats: the No.1 Test ranking for 18 months (2009-2011), the ODI World Cup in 2011, Champions Trophy in 2013 and the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007.
#2. Only skipper to score an ODI century while batting at No.7
#3. First Indian wicket-keeper batsman to score 4,000 Test runs.
#4. Highlight score by an Indian captain in Tests (224 runs).
#5. 3rd skipper ever to have captained in 300+ international matches, after Ricky Ponting (324) and Stephen Fleming (303).
#6. The only skipper to have captained 50+ matches in all 3 formats.
#7. First Indian captain to win a Test series in New Zealand.
#8. In July 2018, he made the record of maximum stumpings in Twenty20 Internationals (33 stumpings in 91 matches).
Awards by Indian Government
• Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007)
• Padma Shri (2009)
• Padma Bhushan (2018)
• MTV Youth Icon of the Year (2006)
• ICC ODI Player of the Year (2008, 2009)
• CNN-IBN Indian of the Year in Sports (2011)
• ICC Award for Spirit of Cricket (2011)
Compliment By Other Cricketers
” Dhoni is the best captain I have played under. “
” Need A Six In A Pressure Situation? Call M.S. Dhoni. “
” When I die, the last thing I want to see is the six that Dhoni hit in the 2011 World Cup Final “
” If 15 runs are needed off the last over, pressure is on the bowler, not on MS Dhoni. “
” The Best Compliment For Me Is When Someone Says They’ll Pay To Watch Me Play, & I Can Say That I’ll Pay To Watch M.S. Dhoni Bat. M.S. Is Not The Next The Gilchrist. He’s The First Gilchrist. “
” One inch here and there and a guy like Dhoni could take you apart. He is a great finisher, he is cool and calm and back himself. He is a strog character. “
Worst & Best Moments of MS Dhoni
Here’s Wishing The Captain Cool M.S. Dhoni who was managed to not only ruled hearts on-field as well as off-field. Happy Birthday Mahi!
Happy Birthday Mahi!