One of the most celebrated captains of India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently celebrated his 39th birthday, as the fans poured love and support from every nook and cranny of the nation and the planet.
Dhoni is the only Indian captain to lift the ICC T-20 World Cup, ICC Cricket World Cup, and the ICC Champion’s trophy and under his leadership, the nation reached a decent pedestal, based on which the current powerhouse of Asian cricket is being built. In this bedecked journey of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, there have been several quotes that were made by the former Indian captain. That is exactly what we will look forward to.
1. “I don’t study cricket too much. Whatever I have learned or experienced is through cricket I’ve played on the field,” said the wicket-keeper upon being asked about how he studied cricket.
2. “I believe in giving more than 100% on the field, and I don’t really worry about the result. If there’s great commitment on the field, that’s victory for me,” said Dhoni on starting with his captaincy.
3. “Since 2005, I have not spent much time with my family. In fact, I have spent more time at the Taj Lands End in Mumbai,” said Captain Cool in 2011 as he talked about missing family and the pain of being away from home.
4. “What needs to be done at the moment is more important than any of these emotions,” said the most practical cricketer, famous for his ability to deal pressure.
5. “I never thought of playing for any other franchise other than CSK. Chennai is my second home. Fans here have adopted me as one of their own,” said the cricketer in an interview in 2018.
6. “I’m quite used to playing with few injuries, whether it is back, fingers, elbow, or something else. You have to be tough and get on with the game,” said Dhoni in 2018 after sustaining a lower-back injury while playing for Chennai Super Kings against Kings XI Punjab.
7. “Frankly, I never thought I would represent my country one day. Now I’m leading my country, so it’s like a fairytale. I never thought I’d do these things. I lived in the moment, I kept working hard,” said the iconic cricketer in 2011.
8. “I love being in the present. When I was playing for the school, the only thing I wanted was to get selected for U-16 or U-19 district teams. When I was selected for the district I would think of the next level, getting selected for his state. I’m a person who lives in the moment,” upon being asked about his future plans regarding the 2015 World cup.
9. “Self-confidence has always been one of my good qualities. I am always very confident. It is in my nature to be confident, to be aggressive. And it applies in my batting as well as wicket-keeping,” said the then 24-year-old who idolized Adam Gilchrist.
10. “From when I was a young boy, I read books on weapons and tanks and combat. I was so interested in the army,” said the cricketer who holds the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel and has been outspoken about his patriotism and love for the Indian army. He has famously sported the Para Special Forces insignia on his gloves.