“Do what makes you happy. A perfect example of Talent is your choice.”
Referring to the above saying this is what Dhoni’s incredible journey from Ticket collector to India’s captain cool teaches us.
One can’t do it all in a one day; big goals can only be reached with patience, persistence, and actions in their directions a little more every single day.
The secret of Dhoni’s success lies in his daily struggle to chase his dream and he did it.
Have a glimpse of the splendid journey of India’s one of the most successful Captain MS Dhoni from Ticket collector to Indian Cricket team Captain.
Family Background and Childhood
Indian skipper MS Dhoni was born on 7 July 1981 in Ranchi, Jharkhand. He has completed his schooling from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali, Ranchi, Jharkhand.
Dhoni alias Mahi comes from middle-class family, his father Pan Singh worked in MECON as a junior executive and Mother Janki Devi is a housewife. He is having an elder brother Narendra Singh Dhoni and Sister Jayanti Gupta.
When he was in school he used to play badminton and football at selected at district and club level. He was the goalkeeper of his football team. But his football coach always wanted him to play cricket, on the insistence of his football coach Dhoni he played cricket.
In 2010 Dhoni tied a wedding knot with his childhood school friend Sakshi and the couple blessed with a girl child namely Ziva Dhoni in February 2015.
Early Career as Rising Cricket Star
Dhoni played cricket at the school level and cricket club till class 12. With his brilliance in wicket-keeping, he stepped into a local cricket club named commando cricket club where he played from 1995 to 1998.
Following his excellent performance, he got selected for 1997/98 season Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship. Dhoni’s brilliant performance at Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under-16 Championship attracted selector’s eye.
In 1998, Dhoni was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. It is also said Deval Shah used to give Rs 50 to Dhoni as a gift for every six he hit in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches.
Deval Sahay is the key person who helped Dhoni to get selected at Bihar Cricket Association. Deval Sahay is a Former Bihar Cricket Association Vice-President, was the Ranchi District Cricket President at that time.
In 1999, Dhoni got selected for Bihar Ranji Team and made his debut by scoring 68, remained not out against Assam cricket team. Dhoni played for Bihar several years. Later he joined Indian Railways as a Ticket collector.
Turning Point of Dhoni’s Career
The turning point of Dhoni life was when he took the job of ticket collector before stepping into mainstream cricket. There Dhoni met late Animesh Ganguly, the then Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of the South Eastern Railways (SER) and a cricket fanatic.
Mr. Ganguly encouraged young Dhoni, as being a cricket fanatic he was not only searching for a Ticket collector but also a cricketer who could fit into the South Eastern Railways (SER) cricket team.
Apart from spending long hours at Kharagpur station, Somehow Dhoni managed to play cricket and never left his passion towards cricket.
At That time also he played for Ranji Trophy and Deodhar Trophy and performed brilliantly, started gaining fame for his hard-hitting batting style. Dhoni’s talent attracted BCCI’s small town talent-spotting initiativeTRDO, Bengal’s Captain Prakash Poddar.
Mr. Poddar sent a report to the National Cricket Academy when he saw the brilliant performance of Dhoni in Jharkhand at a match in Jamshedpur in 2003.
After a long wait of four years, Dhoni got selected for Indian Cricket Team in 2004, where he made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong.
Dhoni’s Journey in Indian Cricket Team till now
Since 2004, Dhoni has come a long way in cricket becomes one of the most successful captain of Indian cricket team.
In 2007 Indian Cricket team got new captain as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who took Indian cricket team to next level and with his cool leadership skills Indian cricket team touched the sky.
In 2009 December, Dhoni was suspended for two ODI match against Sri Lanka as he was alleged for slow over-rate.
In 2011, when India won World Cup after 28 years, it was Dhoni’s one of the biggest triumph of his career.
Dhoni witnessed the biggest triumph when India won World Cup after 28 years in 2011.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India played 199 ODI’s in which, the team won 110 and lost 74. When it comes to Twenty20 Internationals, so India played 72 out of which, the team won 41 and 28 lost matches.
Not only this Dhoni is known for his famous helicopter shots, as the world has witnessed this without his helicopter shot match seems to be incomplete.
After making remarkable journey throughout his career Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as the limited overs captain of the Indian cricket team on January 4, 2017, but he will be playing for Indian cricket team.
We wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni good luck for his future and lots of success.