Now, that our very own captain cool has decided to step down as the skipper in limited overs, let us all stand up and appreciate yet another decision of his because they are seldom wrong.
From a small town in Jharkhand, to becoming one of the most successful captains of all times, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a magnificent leader that the world has witnessed.
He has won trophies, kept his calm, finished off big games and always led his squad from the front. There would hardly be any feat left for him to achieve as the captain of the Indian Cricket Team.
Before Dhoni makes another appearance in a cricket match as just a wicket-keeper/batsman, let us take you in a flashback into his life and introduce you to some of the most beautiful, yet unsung places of India which hold a lot of importance in his life. You would might want to visit these once you learn more about them.
- Ranchi, Jharkhand
Although Ranchi had been the capital of Jharkhand since 2002, but it only got its share of limelight after the small town boy made it big in the cricket world. Yes, Ranchi was the place where MSD was born and brought up. He studied here at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamalii where he was a footballer initially but who knew what fate had in store for him and the Indian Team.
- Maa Deori Temple, Ranchi
Located at a distance of about 59 km from Ranchi, Maa Deori is one of oldest temples of Jharkhand. It is one of the ancient shrines of the state and it is believed that the idol present at the temple had emerged on its own and has been there since eternity. The Durga idol present here, uniquely has four hands instead of the usual 10.
Dhoni used to visit this temple ever since he was a kid and has now, of course become an ardent devotee of the goddess.
- Jayda Temple
About 97 odd km away from the hometown of Dhoni, this Shiva temple has also been one of the frequently visited places of our legendary skipper.
- Lawali, Uttarakhand
A small yet essential part of Dhoni’s life, this village lies in the foothills of Himalaya. Lawali is the native place of Mahi and is so small that perhaps the number of trophies won by MSD outnumber the count of houses in Lawali. It is a part of Almora district, where Dhoni’s father was posted but later moved to Ranchi when he got transferred. Almora is famous for its desert “Bal Mithai”, which is a chocolate like fudge and makes the people lick their fingers.
Almora is also a sought after destination for travellers who want to experience a peaceful trip around the Himalayan region in the lap of beautiful hills.
- Kharagpur, West Bengal
Perhaps the most important place the Dhoni might relate to. Kharagpur Railway Station was the place where the Former Indian Captain served as the TTE for a brief period where he played cricket for the Railways simultaneously.
It was at this juncture when he realized his life goals and left his job in pursue of cricket. The story is no more untold thereafter.
Before Dhoni worked at Kharagpur Railways, he played cricket for Bihar Ranji Team and also got selected for the U-19 squad.
Bihar, perhaps the state with the richest history in the country, was the centre of Indian power, learning, and culture for about a thousand years. It is also the same state where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment.
- Dehradun, Uttrakhand
In 2010, when Dhoni was at the peak of his career, he decide to tie knots with his childhood love Sakshi Rawat in Dehradun, capital city of Uttarakhand.
The ceremony took place in Vishranti Resorts which is widely known for its ambiance and reception.
The marriage was a private affair where only a handful of people, very close to Mahi had been invited. The power hitter had been love struck and now, we all the know about beautiful Ziva, daughter of Mahi and Sakshi who is part of the Dhoni family now.
One of the eligible bachelors in the country and a youth icon, Mahi must have broken many hearts back in 2010.
- Sri Lanka
Last but certainly not the least, this was the place where the newly married couple had travelled for their honeymoon. Mahi is well known to balance work and family and yet again he proved us right by taking out time from cricket and going for this small yet, romantic trip.
From winning the first T-20 world cup to the winning six at Wankhede, 2011. From bowling Joginder Sharma to the extremely popular Helicopter Shot, we thank Mahendra Singh Dhoni for all the beautiful memories he has given us to cherish. Now, when he passes on the baton to the powerpacked Virat Kohli, we wish him the best of health and luck for years to come. #ThankYouMSD