From 1990 To 2017: Here’s How MS Dhoni Transformed Into A National Hero!

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MS Dhoni is like that kid in school your mom always compares you to and why not? He’s won everything there’s to win, the grace and calmness with which he conducts himself are second to none and he does it all while being a perfect husband, son, father etc.

But for MS Dhoni, the journey hasn’t been a cakewalk, his story is a story of repeated failures, limited opportunities, unlucky moments but to rise above all of them, above all, it’s a story about persistence, it’s a story about ambition, it’s a story about overcoming every odd. It’s befitting that on his 36th birthday, we look back at the incredible journey showcasing just how MS Dhoni transformed from a handsome hunk to literally Gandalf the Grey of Indian Cricket.

We’ll look at his achievements and a few blips along the line, we’ll look at his first to the most recent cricket medal so buckle up! The Mahi Ve Express is about to depart.

1990

A 9-year-old MS Dhoni looking at the camera. You can see the calm demeanor from such an early age itself! Something which will help India in the future.

1993

MSD wins his first medal and poses with it. Even in his dreams, he would never have thought about having a trophy collection like the one he has now.

2001

You never forget your roots. In this photo, MS Dhoni poses with his Kharagpur friends during his posting in the Kharagpur Railway Station. The good looks were noticeable since then.

2004

Makes his ODI debut vs Bangladesh, gets run out for zero – not a dream debut by any stretches of the imagination.

2007

After getting bailed courtesy of the only bowl-out that ever happened in cricket, MS Dhoni’s men faced Pakistan again in the finals of ICC T20 World Cup. A bold decision in the final over, a mishit shot by Misbah-ul-Haq crowned India champions.

2011

Sealed it with a six! MS Dhoni’s final heroics of 91 runs off 79 balls crowned India as the world champions after 28 years. India got it’s World Cup, Sachin got his World Cup

2013

Not for the first time captain cool would do something unusual to turn the match in his favor. Ishant Sharma despite being battered by English batsmen was given the bowl in the 17th over of the ICC Champions Trophy final. 0, 6, Wd, Wd was the result of the first four balls. Dhoni walks over the pitch to talk to him and in the next two balls, he takes two wickets that turned the tide in India’s favor, crowning them champions.

2017

Made his record 7th IPL finals, this time in different colors as he was wearing the stripes of Rising Pune Supergiants. This time for a change, MS Dhoni was at the receiving end of a nail-biting final bowl loss as his Rising Pune Supergiants lost by a run to Mumbai Indians of which Sachin Tendulkar was an icon.

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