MS Dhoni’s funny story behind no. 7 jersey pick revealed

Speaking at a promotional event, Dhoni shared an amusing anecdote, attributing the number selection to coincidences related to his birth date.

| Updated: 11 February, 2024 5:37 pm IST
MS Dhoni reveals origin of iconic jersey number 7, BCCI retires the number in tribute

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricket captain MS Dhoni delighted fans with a humorous revelation about the origin of his iconic jersey number 7, shedding light on the personal significance behind the choice.

Speaking at a promotional event, Dhoni shared an amusing anecdote, attributing the number selection to coincidences related to his birth date. “That is the time or day my parents decided I would come on earth,” Dhoni quipped, “So July again the same month. 81 was the year so 8-1=7. So, it was very easy for me to go out there when they asked me ‘what number do you want’.”

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Dhoni’s attachment to the number seven has been a constant throughout his illustrious cricketing career, symbolising his journey from a small-town boy to one of India’s most celebrated cricketers. The number has been synonymous with Dhoni’s legacy, marking numerous milestones and unforgettable victories on the cricket field.

In a gesture of profound respect for Dhoni’s contributions to Indian cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the retirement of the No. 7 jersey. This decision underscores Dhoni’s unparalleled impact on the sport and cements his place in cricketing history.

Despite retiring from international cricket in 2020, Dhoni continues to exert a significant influence on the game. As he prepares to lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) once again in the upcoming IPL season, fans eagerly anticipate his return to the field. Dhoni’s leadership and cricketing acumen were instrumental in guiding CSK to their fifth IPL title in 2023, further solidifying his status as a legendary figure in the sport.

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Dhoni’s witty revelation adds a delightful dimension to his storied career, showcasing his trademark humour and charm off the field. His affection for the number seven reflects the deeper personal connection that fans cherish, making it an indelible part of Indian cricketing folklore.

As cricket enthusiasts eagerly await Dhoni’s return to the cricketing arena, his lighthearted anecdote serves as a reminder of the joy and inspiration he has brought to millions of fans around the world. From leading India to historic victories to endearing moments like these, MS Dhoni’s legacy continues to shine brightly in the annals of cricketing history.

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