MS Dhoni’s witty response on why he chose ‘jersey no.7’ leaves entire room in splits

Om Sharma
By Om Sharma 2 Min Read

FEBRUARY 11, 2024


The iconic jersey number 7, worn by MS Dhoni throughout his time as Team India’s player and continued with the Chennai Super Kings, holds personal significance for the former Indian captain, who shared a lighthearted remark about its origin, amusing the audience with his trademark wit.

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“My parents decided the day I would come on earth,” Dhoni said at a promotional event. “So, I was born on the 7th of July. So July again the seventh month. 81 was the year so 8-1 = 7. So it was very easy for me to go out there when they asked me, ‘okay, what number do you want’.”


The number seven has become inseparable from Dhoni’s illustrious journey in cricket, marked by memorable triumphs such as leading India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup. In a fitting tribute to Dhoni’s legacy, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took the extraordinary step of retiring the No.7 jersey in December 2023.

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“Dhoni’s leadership skills were instrumental in India’s 2013 Champions Trophy triumph, a fitting finale to his captaincy tenure, securing yet another ICC title.”

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