A true leader, a selfless guide, the greatest finisher and one of India's best captains, these are the few words that would perfectly describe the former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Cricketers like MS Dhoni are born once in a century, and there are few names in the entire cricket fraternity who have earned this much respect as he has.
The Jharkhand boy who led his team to win all three ICC trophies is celebrating his 42nd birthday today. The Chennai Super Kings skipper enjoys a fanbase across borders and though his supporters know almost everything about him, there are a few things not everyone is aware of.
On the birthday of the cricketer who changed the dynamics of Indian cricket, here are five things that every ‘MSDian’ should know.
Lt. Col. MS Dhoni penned a foreword for a book
Apart from being a skilled leader on the ground, MS Dhoni holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Indian Army. Dhoni was given the honorary rank after he led the Indian team to win the 2011 World Cup. He became the second Indian cricketer to be bestowed with such an honour after the 1983 World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev.
Known as ‘Thala’ by his followers, Dhoni wrote the foreword for a book named ‘Shoot. Dive. Fly’, authored by Rachna Bisht Rawat in 2017. The book features 21 stories of valour and courage of Indian Armed Forces personnel.