Unveiling the Surprising Side Of MS Dhoni: A Tale Of Hanuman and Humility
By CricShots - Apr 17, 2024 2:43 pm
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In a fascinating anecdote shared by former IAS officer Vivek Atray on Raj Shamani’s Figuring Out podcast, a different side of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni emerged. Atray recounted an encounter over a decade ago in Chandigarh, where he found Dhoni immersed in watching the children’s cartoon Hanu-Man with his friends. This simple yet revealing snapshot showcased Dhoni’s down-to-earth demeanour and humility, surprising Atray with the captain’s calm demeanour despite his prominence.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

“When I was in Chandigarh administration, I went to meet Dhoni. He was staying at the Hotel Mountview in Chandigarh. He asked me to come and meet him in his room,” former IAS officer recalled. “He was with some of his friends and watching the Hanu-Man cartoon on the TV. He was the captain of an IPL side some 12 years ago. He was so calm. We met him, took photos, and then he started watching Hanu-Man again,” he elaborated.

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This glimpse into Dhoni’s off-field life sheds light on the lesser-known facets of his personality, revealing his capacity to derive happiness from simple pleasures despite his stature as one of India’s most revered cricketers.

As MS Dhoni navigates what could potentially be his final IPL season, he made a significant decision ahead of the 2024 campaign. Stepping down from his role as captain of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni entrusted the leadership responsibilities to Ruturaj Gaikwad. Under Gaikwad’s stewardship, CSK has flourished, clinching victories in four out of six matches in the ongoing tournament.

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Despite nursing a niggle in his leg, MS Dhoni continues to be a guiding force for his team with his on-field prowess. In the 17th season of the IPL, Dhoni’s contributions have been noteworthy, amassing 59 runs in four innings without being dismissed. Notably, Dhoni treated fans to a memorable display of his batting prowess by smashing Hardik Pandya for three consecutive sixes at the Wankhede Stadium, culminating in an unbeaten 20 off just four deliveries.