Mahendra Singh Dhoni, known amongst cricket fans as “Dhoni” or “Mahi” has a story worth recounting. Small town boy with lofty aspirations rises against the tide and becomes a global cricketing sensation.
Dhoni gave up captainship of the One-day and T-20 team last week and this is the perfect opportunity to revisit the sporting icon’s inspiring origins.
Gear up to go on a trail through some iconic locations from M. S. Dhoni’s past and get deeper insights into the legend that he is today.
To Humble Beginnings
You can start the trail at Ranchi, the city Dhoni was born in. Head out to DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, the school where Dhoni did his initial years of schooling and get a sneak peek into the makings of a champion batsman and wicketkeeper. There are other delights to be explored in Ranchi. You can visit Nakshatra Van, Jagganath Temple, and Kanke Dam.
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On To Bigger Opportunities
Post his humble beginnings in Ranchi, Dhoni continued playing local tournaments in Bihar. During this time, he also worked as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur Railway Station. While being a TTE was not Dhoni’s true calling, the job did help build the qualities that defined his cricketing career. Outside of housing IIT, Kharagpur also has a few spots for the tourist in you. You can visit the Nehru Museum of Science and Technology, Kurumbera Fort, Jhargram Palace, and Barehipani Falls.
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The Big Hit
Post a successful stint in the 2003-2004 season, Dhoni finally won himself a spot in the India-A team while playing a match in Jamshedpur.
The city holds a treasure trove of experiences. You can visit Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary, a mere 12 km away from Jamshedpur, or Sir Dorabji Tata Park, which houses the cricket stadium Dhoni played in.
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Dhoni’s journey post selection has been nothing short of remarkable. Get inspired by going on a remarkable trail through the origins of a true-blue champion.