The Helicopter shot that launched the ball in the air and sealed India’s 2011 World Cup victory will remain etched forever in the hearts of Indian fans. And so will the heroics of, perhaps, the greatest captain of the Indian cricket team. Although we know all about Dhoni’s cricket victories and his unmatchable numbers during his career, here’s a list of some super interesting facts about our ‘Captain Cool’.
Before taking up cricket full-time, Dhoni excelled in football and badminton. He played at the district and club level in both sports. He was an excellent goalkeeper and his skills in football caught the attention of his childhood coach Keshav Bannerjee, who urged him to try his hand at cricket and wicket keeping.
Dhoni was a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station from 2001 to 2003, under South Eastern Railway in Midnapore.
While playing for the Central Coal Fields Limited in the Sheesh Mahal tournament, Dhoni used to get Rs. 50 from his coach Deval Sahay for each six that he hit in the matches.
Dhoni was a huge fan of John Abraham and his long hair days were inspired by the Bollywood star’s then hairstyle. He even cut his hair short when the Bollywood actor did so.
The ‘Helicopter Shot’, which Dhoni is famous for, was taught to him during a tennis-ball tournament back home in Ranchi by his friend Santosh Lal.
He is the most sponsored athlete in India. According to surveys, he is one of the highest-paid cricketers in India and only Shahrukh Khan has more brand endorsements than Dhoni.
Dhoni made his international debut in an ODI match against Bangladesh in Chittagong and got run out by the first ball he faced while batting at No. 7.
And interestingly, India’s most successful captain also has the dubious distinction of an Indian captain with most Test defeats overseas with 15.
Dhoni was conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel on 1 November 2011. “I love my country, I tell my wife she is only the third most important [in my life] after my country and my parents, in that order,” Dhoni once said.
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