Mahendra Singh Dhoni Unplugged: Country and Parents Above All, Wife is Third, Says Captain Cool

Winning the ICC World Cup in 2011 was a proud moment but not the biggest moment of his life. For Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the simple memories of childhood and the passion to serve the nation are few of the elementary things that mean the most to him.

updated: September 04, 2014 16:59 IST
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MS Dhoni is an honourary Lieutenant Colonel in India's territorial army.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni became India's most successful ODI captain - with 91 triumphs - in Birmingham on Tuesday. International cricket may have given him a lifetime of laurels and accolades but for the much-celebrated player from Ranchi, the simple things in life still hold the greatest pleasure.

In an interview to, Dhoni revealed the simple - and patriotic -- man behind a macho leader. (Dhoni credits team after ODI wins in England)

"I love my country," Dhoni was quoted as saying. "I tell my wife she is only the third most important thing after my country and my parents, in that order. The point is that while I am an Indian cricketer I will devote myself to that cause. Cricket is not everything, not by any means, but it is a large part of who I am. Therefore I want to play in all formats of the game and to play as much as possible because before long it will be over. Then I'll focus more on the Army!"

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