MS Dhoni, the former Indian captain and current skipper of the Chennai Super Kings, granted the wish of a local fan from Ranchi. This heartwarming encounter took place on a flight from Mumbai to Ranchi.
A local fan from Ranchi had a dream come true when he met MS Dhoni during a flight from Mumbai to Ranchi. The fan was thrilled to spend time with the cricket legend, where they discussed life lessons, Dhoni’s favourite things, and his daily routine with his daughter, Ziva.
Providing specifics, he posted a heartfelt message for the cricket icon on Instagram on Saturday, September 23. He wrote: “His house was less than a km from where I lived for 20 years. Pride of our town. A huge fan of his game, yet never bumped into him. But God had it all planned. Who knew that the last-minute seat change from the last to the second row would turn out to be the best two and half hours of my fan life.”
“I took my seat and settled in. Just a little later, I heard a known voice asking me to let him pass to his window seat. A surreal encounter with Mahi, was an absolute dream come true. Shellshocked, (it) took me a moment to realise what was happening. His humility made the moment even more incredible.”
The fan continued: “On hearing that we are from the same town, he let go of his usual habit of taking a boosting nap during his flights. We had two hours of fascinating conversation. From his entrepreneurial ideas to life lessons, his wisdom knows no bounds. From sharing about his favorite cuisines to vacation plans. From his love for Ranchi to his love for automobiles. How he drops his daughter to school every morning when in town. His calm demeanor reaffirmed why we call him Captain Cool.”
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For those who might not be aware, the cricketer had just come back to Mumbai. There, he sought blessings from Lord Ganesha as part of the Ganesh Chaturthi festival after his trip to the United States.
MS Dhoni’s career statistics
MS Dhoni’s international career spanned 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is, during which he amassed 17,266 runs, comprising 16 centuries and 108 half-centuries. Notably, he’s one of just six Indian players to reach the 10,000-run milestone in ODIs. As a captain, Dhoni achieved remarkable success, securing three ICC trophies, including the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy.
In the IPL, he led the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to victory in five seasons (2010, 2011, 2018, 2021, and 2023) and also scored over 5,000 runs in the competition. MS Dhoni retired from international cricket on August 15, 2020, yet remains active as a player for the CSK in the IPL.