One of the best captains of the Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably one of the best batsmen and wicketkeepers in the history of world cricket. Other than a great batsman and fast wicketkeeper, Dhoni proved himself as a successful captain of the Indian team – ‘the captain cool.’ From a ticket collector to a fine player in all three formats of cricket, MS Dhoni-led the Indian cricket team to several victories.
India won the 2007 ICC Cricket World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. From his ODI debut on 23rd December 2004, against Bangladesh to 15th august, 2020 till he announced his retirement from international cricket, he made such a grand journey that made India proud.
He is the co-owner of Indian super league team Chennaiyin FC. Forbes ranked Dhoni 23rd in the list of highest-paid athletes in the world, estimated US$31 Million of earnings, on in June 2015. The time magazine listed Dhoni in the list of its annual time 100 list as one of the “most influential people in the world.” Sportspro rated Dhoni as the most marketable athlete in the world in 2012. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1st November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honor. He also received three national awards. In 2007, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna – India’s highest honor for achievement in sports in 2009, Padma Shri – India’s fourth-highest civilian award, and in 2018, Padma Bhushan – India’s third-highest civilian award.
1. ” Dhoni is the best Captain I have played under.” – Sachin Tendulkar.
2.”I will pay to watch MS Dhoni bat. Dhoni is not the next Gilchrist. He’s the first MS Dhoni.” – Adam Gilchrist.
3. “Dhoni is my hero. We talk a lot about Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, but this boy has as much talent as anyone in the game.” – Kapil Dev.
4.”If you want to learn batting, bat with MS Dhoni.” – Ravindra Jadeja.
5.”I would go to war with Dhoni by my side.” – Gary Kirsten.
6.”Need a six in a pressure situation? Call MS Dhoni.” – Ramiz Raza.
7.”He knows exactly what he wants to do in the middle. He is always calm and composed. He allows himself to make those tough decisions on the field. For me, he will always be my Captain.” – Virat Kohli.
8.”If Dhoni tells me to jump from the 24th floor, I’d readily do it.” – Ishant Sharma.
9. “As far as One-Day Cricket is concerned, Dhoni is one of the greatest Captains of all times.” – Saurav Ganguly.
10.”If Dhoni plays till the end, one thing is for sure. He will make his team win.” – Harsha Bhogle.
11. “When you compare the icons of the game, you have Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar and Dhoni in the same bracket.” – Ravi Shastri.
12.” Dhoni is one of the finest leaders in the game in the last years and is at par with the likes of Imran Khan, Mark Taylor & Arjuna Ranatunga.” – Ian Chappell.
13. “I am really gifted to play under the leadership of MS Dhoni.” – Michael Hussey.
14.”If 15 runs are needed off the last 6 balls, pressure is on the bowler & not on MS Dhoni.” – Ian Bishop.
15. “When I die the last thing I want to see is the six that Dhoni hit in the 2011 World Cup final.” – Sunil Gavaskar.
16. “The coolest man in World Cricket, MS Dhoni delivers when it most matters!” – Michael Vaughan.
17. “You just can’t bowl spin to MS Dhoni in the death overs. He is simply the best in the world.” – Alastair Cook.
18. “A man who gave hope to every small-town cricketer looking to start their careers. To choose Independence Day for his final goodbye speaks volumes about MS Dhoni.” – Mohammad Kaif.
19. “In this game, we have seen great Captains that lead from the front & win on the big stage, seen tough Test batsmen, seen excellent keepers, seen great finishers, but one man doing all of this? Unlikely to see that again. There won’t be another Dhoni.” – Sanjay Manjrekar.
20.”I thought my career was over in my first game till Mahi bhai came to the rescue.” – Hardik Pandya.
21.”I pray that a tennis player should emerge from Ranchi as MS Dhoni emerged for cricket.” – Sania Mirza.