It’s often said that if you are both successful and down to earth then you are a great person who leads by example to mankind. There are numerous occasions when great personalities have shown exemplary gestures of humility that it served as great example for others. MS Dhoni is one of them who is famous for his humble gestures.
As MS Dhoni turns 39 today, we look at 15 Instances when he stole hearts of all of us
1. When MS Dhoni fulfilled the wish of an elderly fan.
During IPL 12, 2019 when CSK tasted their first defeat to the hands of MI to the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. It was then that the Captain cool came down to the ground from the dressing room to meet the elderly lady who had a poster in yellow after loosing the match. The poster read” I am here for only Dhoni”. The CSK Captain warmly interacted with her for a quality amount of time, giving autograph on CSK’s Jersey and also clicking selfies with the elderly women and her granddaughter.
2. When Captain cool spent some time with the ground staff on International Labour’s Day
The most loved cricketer in the world won the heart of Netizens when he was seen spending some quality time with ground staff of the Chepauk and Pune stadium on International Labour’s Day. The official Twitter handle of the CSK tweeted the photo of Dhoni with the ground staff.
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As soon as the news surfaced on social media, Netizens lauded the “thala” for his kind gesture towards the man who play a huge role behind the curtains.
3. When ‘ Gentleman ‘ Dhoni ignored security protocols to treat his young fan
In an incident that got viral that time , Dhoni was seen interacting with a little girl while he was sitting in his car ignoring the security protocols to shake hands with his fan. This adorable gesture of him has won hearts of all his fans that time and showed how down to earth he is.
4. When twitter saluted the Patriotic gesture of MS Dhoni
During the ICC CWC 2019, MS Dhoni was spotted wearing gloves that has symbol of Indian Army insignia. It was his way of showing respect to his Regimental Dagger. The Regimental Dagger of the Indian Para Special force also know as “Balidaan” symbolizes sacrifice. Fans were quick to react as they applauded the Patriotic gesture of the Captain Cool who also holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment.
5. “Dada, apne hi ghar me Kya inaugurate Karna”
During one of the AGM meeting of JSCA in 2018 , the cricket body decided to name a pavilion after MS Dhoni at JSCA stadium in Ranchi . They asked Dhoni to inaugurate the pavilion ahead of the 3rd ODI between India and Australia in 2019. Modest Dhoni politely refused to inaugurate the pavilion named after him and said “Dada, apne hi ghar me Kya inaugurate Karna” ( what’s there to inaugurate in my hometown ) . This gesture again showed he is strictly attached to his roots and grounded.
6. “Call me Dhoni, Call me Mahi, but not sir”
It was Yuzvendra Chahal debut series under the presence of MS Dhoni against Zimbabwe in 2016. Chahal recalls how he was nervous and use to address MSD as ‘ Dhoni sir’. Hearing this MS Dhoni came down and said to him” Call me Dhoni, Call me Mahi but not sir”. Chahal then lauded MSD for his humbleness and how he make every youngsters comfortable playing with him.
7. When “Thala” left the hotel with entire CSK team for Ambati Rayudu
Back in 2014, it was the time of Champions league when CSK were in Hyderabad for one of their game. Ambati Rayudu who also hails from Hyderabad , came to CSK Team’s hotel to serve home-made Hyderabadi Biryani for all the CSK players.
But the hotel management didn’t allowed Rayudu to enter with the Biryani as part of their policies that outside food is not allowed inside the hotel. When the’ thala ‘ got to know the same , the Captain cool lost his cool & decided to check out of the hotel for hostel staff refusal to allow outside food.
This gesture simply showed how much he value’s people’s efforts and he didn’t wanted to disappoint Rayudu and his lovely gesture for them.
8. When MS Dhoni became the driver for entire Indian team
The former Indian Skipper has numerous stories and incidents during his career when he made the headlines. One such incident happened in 2008 when he became the captain of the Indian test team. VVS Laxman revealed in his autobiography” 281 & Beyond” how MS Dhoni drove the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur during the Fourth test match of Australia series in 200. Laxman wrote” One of my abiding memories of MS (Dhoni) driving the team bus to the hotel in Nagpur, during my 100th Test. I couldn’t believe my eyes – the captain of the team driving us back from the ground ! It was his 1st test in-charge after Anil (Kumble) retirement & he didn’t seems to have a care in the world. But he was like that, playful & grounded. I have never met anyone like that”.
9. “Mahi Bhai is very down to earth” – Mandeep Singh
Mandeep Singh, remembers MSDhoni as a very down to earth guy and one who is always connected to his roots.
Back in 2016, Mandeep made his T20I debut under the leadership of MS Dhoni. 6 months later when he tied the knot, he invited MSD to attend his wedding. He recalls that MS Dhoni surprised him by attending his wedding back in 2016. He said ” he didn’t tell whether he would come , he said he needed to go to New York. But he came to my wedding and surprised me . The man had to take 3 separate flights and then he had to take 2 hours drive under harsh fog and biting cold. He took so much effort to come even though I had played only a few matches with him. That’s his simplicity, that’s his greatness” Mandeep recalled.
Later , he also revealed that MS Dhoni did the same thing and surprised Ishant Sharma & Suresh Raina at their respective weddings.
10. When MS Dhoni was spotted Polishing his own shoes while serving Indian Army
Back in 2019, MS Dhoni proved all once again why he is the most loved human being on Earth. MS Dhoni gesture of polishing his shoe while serving in Indian Army showed he is just like any other soldier. During his tenure with the 106 TA Batallion (Para) of the Indian Army in Kashmir where he was on a two – month break that time from Cricket to serve the Nation, he was spotted cleaning his Army shoes by his own. This gesture of him poured him huge praises from all MSD fans.
11. When Sunil Gavaskar revealed the selfless nature of MSD
Former Team India Legend Sunil Gavaskar shared an incident that showed the selfless side of MS Dhoni. In his column for Mid-day – he reveals that MS Dhoni use to give away his business class seats and instead sit with TV crews and staff on flights.
He further adds that “the Indian team has system of rewarding it’s players, especially in home matches. There are limited seats in business class & the captain, coaches & manager of the team get these. It is here that those Indian players, who has done well in their previous games get to sit there as a reward. MS hardly ever sat in business class on these flights even he was the Skipper”. This incident shows how modest and selfless Mahi is.
12. When Pakistani actress was touched by Dhoni’s Kind gesture
Throwback to 2006, to that good old days when we use to see the long haired Dhoni. India were on a tour to Pakistan. Pakistani actress Mathira Mohammed was staying in the same hotel where Pakistan & Indian team were staying. She had an eye for a autograph from her favourite Pakistani cricketer. When she approached him for the same, the Pakistan cricket team were having their dinner. The actress was harshly denied for disturbing them during their team dinner. Seeing the Actress disheartened by the incident, Dhoni approached her & ask if she would be interested to have his autograph. She happily agreed and then Dhoni offered her a seat beside his and also interacted for a while. This gesture from Dhoni touched her heart and she poured lot of praises on Mahi.
13. When ” grounded ” Dhoni took his old friend for a dinner.
Dhoni is an example for modesty and humility to the very best. Before donning tell Indian jersey Dhoni used to work as a junior Train Ticket Inspector (TTI) at the Kharagpur Station. It was here that Dhoni has huge fond memories of. He often use to visit a tea stall owner named Thomas because of his love for tea. During the Vijay Hazare Trophy back in 2016, when Dhoni got to meet his old friend in Kolkata after ages, he hugged him and also took him for a dinner the same evening.
14. When MSD showed how dear the National flag is to him
In 2019, when India were playing New Zealand, a Dhoni fan breached the security and ran towards the ground to touch his feets. The fan who was also holding Indian Tri-colour while touching Dhoni’s feet brushed the ground. Quick to react, the former Indian captain showed why he deserved to serve the Nation for more than 9 years as captain as he grabbed the flag from his hands and lifted up.
This incident showed his respect and how dear the Nation’s pride is to him.
15. An example of simplicity – MS Dhoni
The most successful Indian Cricket Captain and one of the richest cricketer in the world who can avail all the luxury and facilities of the world chooses to do all his works himself. He doesn’t shy away from cleaning & repairing his bike or polishing marbles of his house. He doesn’t go to the best hair salon or top hairstylist. He meets his of friends , play football with all local players in his hometown. Loves to ride bikes on the streets of Ranchi. Spend time with his family, friends and his pets. This all things shows his modest side and how simple he keeps himself .
Today his humility and modesty is a great example for others to follow where people often tends to forget their roots after tasting success.