On the occasion of his 34th birthday, we revisit his journey from a humble beginning to becoming the world cup winning captain:

-Having excelled in school and club cricket, as a 20-year- old he was in search of employement.

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-He was selected via Sports Quota in the Railways cricket team. He started working as a ticket collector side by side.

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-He almost missed a chance in international cricket, having not been informed of his selection in the East Zone team. When he was finally offered a ride to Kolkata airport, the car broke down. Deep Dasgupta replaced him in the match.

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-He fought and fought and got his first test cap in 2005 against Sri Lanka in Chennai; a city that would love him as their own in the years to come.

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At 34, his greying beard is reflective of the toil of leading an Indian cricket team. He has been accused for his defensive strategies. Yet, he faced the media sharks defeat after defeat, maintaining the same composure and his sense of humor.
We wish MS Dhoni a very happy birthday!! Thank you for everything you have given us.

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