MS Dhoni's Superstitions During the 2011 World Cup: His Unique Rituals


On July 7th, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, one of cricket’s legendary figures, celebrated his 43rd birthday. Renowned as one of the finest wicket-keeper batsmen and captains in cricket history, Dhoni’s legacy is unparalleled. His remarkable batting achievements include 10,773 runs in ODIs, 4,876 in Tests, and 1,617 in T20s. His skills behind the stumps are equally impressive, with 634 catches and 195 stumpings throughout his illustrious international career.

Interestingly, Dhoni’s cricket journey began with an unfortunate runout for a duck against Bangladesh. Despite this rocky start, he achieved phenomenal success, leading India to victories in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup.

However, few know about the superstitions that Dhoni believed contributed to his on-field success. Superstitions are common in sports, with many athletes adhering to unique rituals. Dhoni was no exception.

Notable Sports Superstitions


Athletes often rely on superstitions, such as Sachin Tendulkar always putting on his left pad first or Zaheer Khan carrying a yellow handkerchief. As we celebrate Dhoni’s 43rd birthday, we also acknowledge the lesser-known quirks that helped shape him into the ‘captain cool’ we admire.

In a candid conversation on Star Sports, Virender Sehwag revealed a fascinating detail about Dhoni’s routine during the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup. Dhoni adhered to a peculiar superstition: he ate only one dish—khichdi—throughout the tournament. Sehwag shared:

Everyone was having some or the other superstition, and everyone was following theirs. MS Dhoni had a superstition of having ‘khichdi’ all through the World Cup. He used to say that even if I’m not scoring runs but this superstition is working, and we’re winning matches.

Mahi Avoiding “Good Luck” Wishes


Another intriguing superstition Dhoni followed was never wishing his teammates “good luck” before a match. Pragyan Ojha, in a conversation with Sports Today, disclosed that Dhoni felt that wishing someone luck could inadvertently affect their performance. Ojha explained:

MSD will never wish his team members’ all the best’ or ‘good luck’ before a game. Because he feels, if he wishes somebody quite a few players he has wished his players during a game, it ended up in a very different way. That’s maybe why he has stopped it.

Dhoni’s adherence to these superstitions highlights that even the coolest and most successful athletes have their own quirks and rituals. What are your thoughts on Dhoni’s superstitions? Share your views in the comments.


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