Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of the greatest keeper-batsman of all time, is regarded as a legend of modern-day cricket. MS Dhoni took team India to new heights. He is still the only captain to win all the three ICC trophies and also holds the record for leading his country in more matches (across all the three formats) than any other skipper in the world.
MSD broke millions of hearts when he announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th August this year. During his glorious career, Dhoni led team India in 332 matches across formats, winning 178 while losing 120 matches. As a batsman, the legendary cricketer amassed over 17000 international runs and made 800 dismissals as a wicketkeeper.
Talking about his personal life, the former cricketer is known for being notorious for not picking up phone calls and being inaccessible. Even his friends and many former Indian teammates have gone on record to claim how Dhoni rarely picks their calls. Infact, MS wasn’t using his phone when Ziva was born and he was traveling with team India. Therefore, Sakshi Dhoni had asked Suresh Raina to give the good news to Dhoni.
Recently, in an interview, his former teammates RP Singh and Munaf Patel revealed that he would pick their calls in half-a-ring. They revealed that they used to tease Dhoni about the same and how Dhoni made a life-long promise to them. RP Singh revealed:
“He has always been a down to earth and very composed person. We used to complain that he never takes our calls. Once he told Munaf (Patel) and I, that, when he retires, he would pick up the phone in just half-a-ring.
“Now we will check if really has retired. We always exploited his extra allowance which captains are entitled to! On a serious note, cricketers’ off-field interactions are not very different from ones on the field. We often end up talking about matches and players so it was fun with him,”
Further, talking about the contribution of Dhoni in the game of cricket for India, RP Singh said that one can’t find a player like Dhoni. He said:
“If you talk about the history of the game, you will never get a player like Dhoni who has won so many matches from batting at that position. We have spoken about Bevan and all but MS was a completely different beast.”