Former Indian captain MS Dhoni who bagged all three ICC trophies during his captaincy career accepts that he wasn’t good in academics.
MS Dhoni Opens on his School Studies
Dhoni led the team to three ICC trophies including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Under his captaincy, India won the ACC Asia Cup two times, in 2010 and 2016. India also won ICC Test Championship Mace two times in 2010, 2011, and ICC ODI Shield for one time in 2013 under his leadership.
In a video that has emerged on social media, the Ranchi-born cricketer could be seen addressing children at a school where he reminisced about his old days as a student.
From narrating the tales of his performances as a student to recalling how his father thought that Dhoni wouldn’t even pass 10th-class board exams, the legendary cricketer took a trip down memory lane.
“Does sport qualify as a subject?”, Dhoni said on being asked about his favorite subject. “I was an average student till I started playing cricket in class seven, so from that point onwards, my attendance slightly started to go down. But other than that, I was a good student. [In the] tenth, I got 66 percent or something; In 12th, I got 56 or 57 percent.”
“My attendance was very low because I was playing throughout. So, it was tough for me, but I was an average student. In fact, in Class 10 boards, there were chapters I had no clue about. So, I had no idea what to write if a question came from that particular chapter. That how bad it was,” Dhoni could be heard saying in the video.
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“I was very happy. My father thought that I am not passing [10th board exam]. He was like, it’s gone, I will have to repeat, but he was very happy that I passed,” he added.
Dhoni announced his retirement from the Test format on 30 December 2014, and stepped down as captain of T20Is and ODIs in 2017. On 15 August 2020, Dhoni retired from all formats of international cricket and continues to play in the IPL.