Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni shared a unique anecdote from his school days. While growing up, Dhoni was focused on sports more than his education and he recalled that his father had doubts that he would be able to clear the class 10th board exams. It might be said that the Indian stalwart was not the sharpest mind when it comes to education, but his tactics on the cricketing ground are on another level.
MS Dhoni is also the only captain to win all three ICC trophies – the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Not only in international cricket, but Captain Cool is also one of the most successful skippers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he has won the trophy four times. He also won a couple of Champions League T20 titles with Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
During a Q and A session at a school, MS Dhoni reminisced, “I was very happy. My father thought that I am not passing [10th board exam]. He was like, it’s gone, I will have to repeat, but he was very happy that I passed.” When asked about his favorite subject, the former Indian skipper hilariously asked if sports qualify as a subject.
Explaining the same, MS Dhoni said, “Does sport qualify as a subject? [on his favorite subject] I was an average student till I started playing cricket in Class seven, so from that point onwards, my attendance started to go down slightly. But other than that, I was a good student. [In the] tenth, I got 66 percent or something; In 12th, I got 56 or 57 percent.”
He further added, “My attendance was very low because I was playing throughout. So, it was tough for me, but I was an average student. In fact, in Class 10 boards, there were chapters I had no clue about. So, I had no idea what to write if a question came from that particular chapter. That how bad it was.”