I’m always curious to know what cricketers did before they hit the big-leagues. Given how long the odds are — 11 people out of a huge pool of talent — it’s wise for athletes to invest in a back-up plan (e.g., Kumble = engineering; Sangakarra = law). This is Dhoni’s past:
India Cricket Captain M S Dhoni is still to receive about Rs 4,000 as arrears from his former employer Railways with whom he had worked as ticket collector. “An amount of Rs 4,000 is still due to him and we wish to inform him about this,” said a senior Railway officer, who fondly remembered him as a “bright player” in the South Eastern Railway cricket team.
Amazing, no? Can you imagine running into a young Dhoni to ask for a one-way ticket? (Though, if you were around Jharkhand at the time, you’d probably ask round-trip.) Such a precipitous rise — however rare it may be in India (and elsewhere) — helps explain why he excites fans more than others. Who hasn’t had this dream before? (Aside: do you think lower-class blokes make for better captains? Discuss.)