MS Dhoni is one of the world’s greatest sportsmen originating from India. A professional cricketer, Dhoni has staged such an incredible career that many can only hope for. In addition to playing for the Indian national team, Dhoni has played for a number of domestic teams most notably, the Chennai Super Kings.
His success with Cricket has propelled him to become one of the most influential Indians of this day and age. He appeared on Time 2011 list of the Most Influential People In The World and frequently appears on Forbes list of highest-paid athletes. In 2018, Dhoni became a recipient of India’s 3rd highest civilian honor. Follow us as we discuss the key highlights of his life and career.
MS Dhoni Quick Biography/Wiki (Age)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was born on the 7th of July 1981 in the Ranchi, Bihar India. His father Pan Singh was an employee at the steel industry, MECON. Dhoni has two siblings which include a brother named Narendra Singh Dhoni and sister Jayanti Gupta.
He attended DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand school where his athletic side immediately became apparent. Dhoni participated in a variety of sports like badminton, football, and cricket. However, following his 10th standard, Dhoni chose to focus on cricket and the rest is history.
Dhoni rapidly improved as years passed and by 2002, he was called to play for the India national cricket team aka India A squad. He now holds multiple captaincy awards including having the most wins by an Indian captain in Tests, ODIs, and T20Is. MS Dhoni will go down in history as one of the best captains the team has ever had. India for the first time topped the Test cricket rankings in 2009 thanks to Dhoni’s captaincy.
Dhoni ceased captaining the Indian national team in Tests in 2014 and in limited-overs formats in 2016 having assumed both positions at about the same time. In December 2014, he also retired from Tests. He has led India to a number of coveted trophies including the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.
MS Dhoni isn’t only a successful man in sports but he’s also got his personal life together, a rarity among celebrities. Dhoni is married to the petite yet beautiful Sakshi Dhoni (nee Singh Rawat). With her, he shares a daughter named Ziva who was born on February 6th, 2015. As the story goes, Dhoni and Saski met each other for the first time in late 2007 at the Taj Bengal in Kolkata.
Saski who was studying for a degree in hotel management at the DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali was at the time interning at the hotel. Amazingly, Dhoni and Saski were schoolmates at Jawahar Vidya but they never met for once as Saski was his junior.
On Saski’s last day as an intern in the hotel, Dhoni happened to be lodging at the hotel in preparation for their match against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. But both parties didn’t just bump into each other… instead, they were introduced by a mutual friend in the person of Dhoni’s manager Yudhajit Dutta who was also Sakshi’s friend. Dutta was at the hotel to check on Dhoni when he called on Sakshi and introduced her to Dhoni.
Following their initial meeting, Dhoni required of his manager Saski’s phone number unknown to her and began texting her. Saski was initially unaware that the wooing texts were from Dhoni but subsequently, she got to know and the two began a romantic relationship in 2008.
The pair did a good job keeping their romance away from the media which became shocked at the news of their wedding, on July 4th, 2010 which came just a day after their engagement. The pair had begun planning for their big day three months prior.
Sakshi Dhoni was born on 19 November 1988 in Guwahati, India to parents R K Singh and Sheila Singh. She has two siblings Akshay Singh, Abhilasha Bisht. Saski’s father, in the past, ran a tea growing business.
Like every successful athlete, MS Dhoni earns big from his passion for sports. His wealth has grown over the years and as of 2018, his net worth is pegged at about $170 million. Forbes in 2015 estimated that the cricketer earned $31 million in the space of their 12 month calculation period. One of the most marketable players in the world per SportsPro, a bulk of Dhoni’s earnings come from his endorsement deals. In 2015 he earned $27 million from endorsements while only $4 million came from his wages as a cricketer.
Like every wise athlete, Dhoni has business investments outside of his playing career. He is the co-owner of a number of teams across different sports. Some of the franchises he co-owns include; football club, Chennaiyin FC, and the hockey club Ranchi Rays.
He started a lifestyle brand called SEVEN in 2016. He completely owns the footwear line of the brand. MS Dhoni serves as the Vice President of India Cements Ltd. the owners of the IPL team that he plays for.