Born to Shri Pan Singh and Smt. Devaki Devi,
On 7/7/1981 in Ranchi.
He was named “Mahendra Singh Dhoni”,
More popularly known as “Mahi”.
Married to adorable ‘Sakshi’ as his lifetime partner,
Blessed with little angel ‘Ziva’ as their daughter.
You built your castle stone by stone,
Giving learnings to millions unknown.
Not by preaching but leading by example ,
Like pearls in one’s nature; qualities ample.
A few things probably we all wish to learn from you,
I’m trying to compile, with due respect to you.
A great leader, bringing out the best in his team.
Living in the moment with great self – belief.
Keeping calm in adverse situations,
while keeping a check on emotions.
Working with passion and dedication,
With 100% focus and concentration.
Trusting your gut feeling and instincts,
As much as backing your people distinct.
Handling success as calmly as dealing with failure,
Never allowing anything to reach to your head gear.
Knowing to manage your ego and pressure,
As credibly as managing a changed factor.
Always setting bars higher, leading from the front,
A true example of it is your winning helicopter shot.
Be it your winning innings at Wankhede,
Or your entire game shining like stars every day.
Humble, Modest, Versatile & Adaptable,
You truly live up to being “Captain Cool”.
Under your captaincy India has been the best ever,
Winning many series and let all titles shower.
ICC world 20-20 in 2007.
Commonwealth Bank Series in 07-08.
Asia Cup in 2010.
ICC World Cup in 2011.
ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Amongst many other matches and series.
You have been the most successful Indian captain.
From Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Padma Bhushan,
From Honorary Lieutenant Colonel to Padma Shri,
You have been the best version of oneself, one could be.
All we fans are not the only ones claiming,
We have on our side legends praising.
When Master Blaster says, ‘ You’re the best captain he has played under’ is not exaggerating.
While Kapil Dev Sir expresses you his hero.
Gary Kirsten will go on a war having you by his side.
While Ramiz Raza believes in you for a six in pressure times,
And Harsha Bhogle is assured to win if you play till the end.
While Adam Gilchrist will pay to watch you play and rightfully denies calling you 2nd Gilchrist but 1st MSD,
And Sania Mirza expects someone from your hometown to do to Tennis what you did to Cricket.
The above are all the golden feathers in your valuable cap,
That you have added while bridging the gap.
You live by your motto, “Try till you die.”
That has probably made you soar so high.
Taking inspiration from you as a person,
We thank you for giving a million reasons..
Also, I would mention and thank SSR here,
For living up as Dhoni so perfect and clear.
Honestly, it was he who gave an insight to your ideology,
Gracefully unfolding, “MSD – an untold story”.