MS Dhoni is arguably the most successful captain for India. From Ticket collector to India’s captain in all formats, the Ranchi born has come a long way in his life. Some people regard Dhoni as a born leader and a proven match-winner.
The legendary cricketer was first appointed as captain during the 2007 World T20 in South Africa. The Ranchi-born went on to captain India for another 10 years. The wicket-keeper batsman is the only captain to win all ICC trophies.
He played a massive role along with Gautam Gambhir in helping India win the 2011 World cup. Dhoni who promoted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh in the final went on to score 91* off 79 deliveries.
Even today after achieving so much success, Dhoni still maintains a low social profile. As a player, he always put his nation first in not one but many instances. Glamour and attention was never Dhoni’s forte.
Let’s look at 5 such instances when MS Dhoni put his country before everything else:
1) Not Flying back home after daughter’s birth
Just a week ahead of the 2015 World cup, Dhoni’s wife Sakshi gave birth to their first child ‘Ziva’. At that time Dhoni was in Australia with the Indian team preparing for the all-important World cup.
Everyone thought Dhoni would fly back But to everyone’s surprise, Dhoni decided to stay with the Indian team and not fly back to India. He was asked about the same in a press conference where the Indian captain replied, “No, I’m on national duty. everything else can wait”.