Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a household name in the world of cricket with fans not just in India but overseas as well. Having not played a single cricket match since the end of the World Cup in 2019, he is still one of the most popular cricketers in the world.
The former team India captain still enjoys massive fan-following, so much so the YouTube sensation Bhuvan Bham in 2018 even said that, “I just watch Dhoni matches. Woh plastic ball se khelega toh bhi main dekhunga (If Dhoni plays with a plastic ball, I will watch him play)”.
I just watch Dhoni matches. Woh plastic ball se khelega toh bhi main dekhunga. ♥️— Bhuvan Bam (@Bhuvan_Bam) April 25, 2018
When Dhoni began his International cricket career nobody, not even him, knew what fate had in store for him, and he would go on to become one of the most successful cricketers of all time globally. Similar to people who come from small cities, he, too, had ambitions but small.
Former Indian opener, Wasim Jaffer, who shared a dressing room the MS Dhoni in his early days recalled that all the Ranchi boy wanted was to “make 30 lakh from playing cricket” so he could live his life peacefully when he goes back to Ranchi.
Jaffer, who retired from all formats of Cricket this month, was interacting with his fans on Twitter when he made the revelation.
However, when he began his international career in December 2004, nobody, not even him, would have thought that he would go on to become one of the most successful cricketers to have played the game. In fact, like many players who come from small cities, Dhoni also had minimum ambitions. Former India opener Wasim Jaffer, who shared a dressing room with Dhoni during his early days, recalled that all he wanted was to “make 30 lakh from playing cricket” so that he could live a peaceful life in Ranchi. Jaffer, who retired from all forms of cricket earlier this month, was interacting with his fans on micro-blogging site Twitter.
Wasim Jaffer wrote, “In his 1st or 2nd year in the Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi”.
In his 1st or 2nd year in Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi ??— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 28, 2020
Jaffer was replying to a fan’s question who asked him what was his “favorite memory with MS Dhoni” to which Jaffer replied with that tweet.
Dhoni was last seen on the field on 9th July 2019 when India played World Cup Semi-Final against New Zealand. Dhoni was set to make a return in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) which was scheduled to start from 29th March but postponed to 15th April due to Coronavirus pandemic.
As a measure to contain the spread of the novel Coronavirus, Indian went under a lockdown of 21 days which will last until 14th April.