5 Dark secrets of MS Dhoni you probably don’t know
Dhoni was at the centre of controversy many times.
MS Dhoni is one of the colossal figures of Indian cricket owing to the laurels he has garnered over the years. The veteran made his debut way back in 2004 and didn’t look back. The 38-year-old is presently at the fag end of his career and it seems to be a matter of time before he announces his retirement from the sport.
He was last seen in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in Manchester. Meanwhile, when it comes to a personality as big as Dhoni, controversies will also have its say. It hasn’t been any different for the Jharkhand-born as he has been involved in quite a few over the years.
From having a number of relationships, having an influence in the cricket administration, breaking the laws, to even hurting the religious sentiments of Indians, Dhoni has a dark past.
In the article, let’s take look at a few of Dhoni’s dark secrets
1. Dhoni Sacrificial Goat
After winning the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, MS Dhoni was given the leadership role in ODIs in the same year. The Men in Blue played a tri-series in Australia in February 2008, also involving Sri Lanka, and Dhoni didn’t flatter to deceive by any means.
In the finals versus the hosts, Dhoni’s men turned up with thumping wins in Sydney and Brisbane, and hence won the series. In fact, in the first final at the SCG, Dhoni himself went on to hit the winning runs. But after the victory, Dhoni got himself tangled in controversy.
It was also Dhoni’s maiden overseas ODI series as the national captain. The then-youngster allegedly sacrificed a goat at a Ranchi temple to celebrate the triumph. The act angered the whole nation and Dhoni made sure to never repeat such antics.
2. Dhoni’s illegal gloves
In the same tri-nation series, Dhoni had the face the wrath of the International Cricket Council (ICC) as well. The incident happened during India’s league match against Ricky Ponting’s Australia in Sydney. The apex cricket board found out that the keeping gloves used by Dhoni was illegal.
The cricket body also warned the Indian captain of a penalty if he used them again without inspection. As far as the encounter was concerned, India lost by 18 runs after failing to chase down 318. Ponting’s 124 set up the mammoth total for the home team.
Gautam Gambhir stood up with a 113 in the run-chase, but couldn’t help the visiting team evade defeat. From a personal front, he had a tough time, especially with the bat as he could only manage 36 off 66 with a strike-rate of 54.54.
3. Dhoni’s CSK match-fixing saga
The 2013 IPL scandal, involving the Chennai Super Kings is pretty much known to all. But it also might have had the involvement of Dhoni, the skipper of CSK. SP Kumar, the investigator of the match-fixing saga, found in his investigation that a bookie, named Kitty, had confessed that Gurunath Meiyappan had informed him that Dhoni had agreed to (score 140 and) lose a match.
The SP said in his report that Gurunath had allegedly ‘confirmed’ the cricketer’s involvement. Thereafter, Kumar was transferred from Internal Security to Railways post his interrogation with Kitty.
The matter grabbed headlines back then, but it wasn’t followed up. Subsequently, Meiyappan was the team principle of the CSK, was subsequently banned for life by the BCCI for his role in betting.
4. The Dhoni-Srinivasan partnership
There was a time when Dhoni was the skipper of CSK and also an employee of the India Cements. The conflict of interest occurred as the IPL franchise was owned by India Cements itself. And N Srinivasan, the former ICC Chairman and BCCI president, was the active Managing Director of the Company.
Once Srinivasan vetoed his recommendation and helped Dhoni retain his India captaincy. Dhoni has also highly spoken about Srinivasan, saying that he has always helped other cricketers. However, some of the BCCI officials reckoned that the keeper was shrewd and knew how to manoeuvre his way through the BCCI’s corridors of power when required.
Dhoni’s relationship with Srinivasan was analysed under the microscope in journalist Rajdeep Sardesai’s new book Democracy’s XI.
5. Dhoni’s many relations in the film industry
In July 2010, Dhoni entered the wedlock with Sakshi and the couple also has a daughter, named Ziva. But prior to her wedding, he was also involved in quite a few relationships, especially in the Indian film fraternity. In 2007, there were rumours of Dhoni and Deepika Padukone’s affair.
The now 33-year-old actress was seen cheering for Dhoni from the stands during a T20I match against Australia. Later, both of them denied dating each other. In another of Dhoni’s relations, speculations were rife that he was secretly dating Preeti Simoes, the former creative director of Comedy Nights with Kapil.
In 2009, Raai Laxmi, the South Indian actress, accepted that she was in a relationship with Dhoni and called it a scar as it lasted for a few months. Dhoni was also linked with Asin, another Bollywood actress.