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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a name that will always be taken with pride and respect, 'captain cool' of India, is not just a cricketer, but a devoted family man as well. He and his wife, Sakshi, have a typical Bollywood-inspired love story. They met and went their separate ways only to come together forever.
Many of you might have seen the love story of MS Dhoni and Sakshi in his biopic, MS Dhoni The Untold Story directed by Neeraj Pandey, but the reality has something different to say. Here, we have the complete details of the love story of that man who won the World Cup for the country, but got bowled over by beautiful Sakshi Rawat.
Although both Sakshi and Dhoni knew each other since childhood, they did not fall in love till they grew up. Dhoni and Sakshi's father worked in the same company, MECON, in Ranchi. Both their families shared a cordial relationship, and the young buds went to the same school in Ranchi.
And, before cupid could roll out its arrows, Sakshi's family got shifted to Dehradun, where her grandfather was already staying. The two could not stay in touch after that, but destiny had something else in mind for them.
And, what a fate! The couple finally met after a gap of almost a decade, miles away from their home, in the 'City of Joy', Kolkata. Dhoni and Sakshi incidentally met each other at the Taj Bengal, during Team India's stay in November-December, 2007. At that time, India was playing against Pakistan at the Eden Gardens. Sakshi Rawat, who was an intern working at Taj Bengal was introduced to MS Dhoni, by his manager, Yudhajit Dutta. Sakshi was friends with Yudhajit. It was as if they were fated to be together because that day was the last working day of Sakshi's internship at the hotel. When Sakshi left, Dhoni asked Dutta for her number and texted her.
At first, Sakshi believed that the messages from Dhoni were some kind of a prank, but she soon realised that it was the 'captain of the Indian team' himself. It was not easy for Dhoni to make Sakshi agree to be friends with him, who otherwise was often teased as a "hopeless romantic" by her friends as someone who has watched the movie, Twilight almost 10 times.
It took a lot of wooing and chasing on Dhoni's part, which went on for two months, to conquer the heart of this lady. The two finally started dating in March 2008. Sakshi even attended Dhoni's birthday bash that same year. But, as the man could not give Sakshi much time at the party, he took an hour off from his friends and personally dropped Sakshi back to her relative's place.
Dhoni and Sakshi's affair was a well-kept secret. The wedding was planned in a manner that no one knew about the preparations, not even the media. The couple got married on July 4, 2010. Many of Dhoni's friends from sports, politics and film fraternity attended the wedding and blessed the couple.
No one knew much about Sakshi Rawat before she tied the knot to India's most eligible bachelor. For her wedding day, she picked a red and green Sabyasachi lehenga, like a regular customer. It was only after the information was provided by the salesgirl that Sabya got to know about his special client.
The ring ceremony was held at Hotel Competant in Dehradun, on Saturday, July 3, 2010. And, the wedding ceremony was held next day, that is, Sunday, July 4, at Vishranti Resort, near Dehradun.
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Bollywood actor, John Abraham, director, Farah Khan, Dhoni's teammates, Suresh Raina, RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra, and Indian politicians, Sharad Pawar, Vasundhara Raje were a few who made their presence felt at the ceremony.
It is believed that Dhoni's performance as a player got better post his marriage to Sakshi. Although, Sakshi loves cheering her husband from the stands, she prefers to stay away from the media. Even for Dhoni, it is good that Sakshi is not too much in the limelight because as a cricketer, he wants to focus on his career first. According to him, as long as he lives his life like a player, Sakshi will rank third in his life.
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Like a true patriot, he said:
I love my country. 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!
He further adds,
Sakshi provides the spark I might sometimes need. Jokes aside, she is the person to whom I have a reference. She is both loving and inspirational. Sometimes she travels with me, but cricket is easier without having to ensure her safe passage. One day, we will see the sights together and she says that then, can she please move to number two on the list of my priorities! But for the moment I am here to play cricket. I have been given this honour to play for my country so I want to see it through.
So, we can assume that till he plays, Sakshi will be his pillar and after that, he will be her support.
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After his marriage to Sakshi, Dhoni has captained two ICC World Cups for India, and gone on to winning the most cherished one in 2011. He has won the IPL as well.
It has been seven years since the couple got hitched and the journey seems to be prospering. Sakshi gave birth to their first daughter, Ziva Dhoni, in February 2015, when the captain was in Australia to play the World Cup.
Sakshi has even inked her husband's nick name, Mahi, in Devanagari right below her left ear on her neck .
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Sakshi and Mahi make an adorable couple with a lot of understanding. She understands that it is his time to make the most out of his career and he understands that he will have to make up for all this time. They are seen together at times during various events. We hope that they continue to live this blissful life always!