From being a ticket collector at Kharagpur railway station, to becoming India’s second Cricket World Cup winning captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s career has had many dramatic turn of events. Although now there is a big question mark about his return to international duty, the legendary wicket keeper batsman has his name etched in the history books. However, all that glory isn’t what MS had aimed for in the beginning of his career on the 22 yards. In fact, he just wanted to earn 30 lakh rupees and get settled peacefully in his hometown Ranchi, as former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer reveals!
Wasim Jaffer, who is the all-time highest run scorer in Ranji Trophy, went onto Twitter on Saturday for a Q&A session under the hashtag #AskWasim.
The Mumbai cricket team stalwart, who earned 31 Test caps for the Men in Blue, had shared the dressing room with Dhoni a number of times. A Twitter user @being_Abhi18 asked Wasim about the best memories he had shared with Mahi.
Wasim, who witnessed Dhoni’s entry into the senior squad, recalled upon his earlier days with the Indian cricket team, and unvelied that the future world-cup winning captain only wanted to earn Rs 30 Lakhs and live his life in peace in Ranchi.
“In his 1st or 2nd year in Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi,” Wasim, who retired from all forms of cricket in 2015 replied.
In his 1st or 2nd year in Indian team, I remember he said, he wants to make 30lakhs from playing cricket so he can live peacefully rest of his life in Ranchi 😅😃
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) March 28, 2020
However, the humble wicket keeper batsman’s career didn’t just settle in earning 30 lakhs, as his glory days were just waiting. In his decorated walk of life, Dhoni went onto lift the the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, followed by the 2011 ICC World Cup.
Captaining Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni also lifted three IPL and two Champions League T20 trophies, and is now one of the richest cricketers all over the world, with a net worth more than Rs. 800 crore.
Dhoni has not donned the Team India jersey since the 2019 World Cup. He is supposed to return to the pitch in IPL 2020 season, which is now postponed back to April 15th due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic.