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Mahendra Singh Dhoni's wittiest quotes

India Today logo India Today 05-02-2017

The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) made the heartbreaking announcement on Wednesday (Jan. 4, 2017) that Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down as India's limited-overs captain.

Dhoni not only holds the record for most matches as captain of an international side, with 331 games across all formats, but also is the only captain to have won all three ICC trophies - ODI World Cup, World Twenty20 and the Champions Trophy.

Considered India's most successful ever captain, Dhoni stunned everyone when he announced his decision to quit Test cricket in the middle of an Australian tour in 2014, handing the mantle to Virat Kohli who is likely to be also given the reins in the shorter formats.

The wicketkeeper from Jharkhand has not only brought legacy and an energy to the game but time and again proved how wise he was as a captain with his witty one-liners. His quotes have been humorous, motivating and wise. 

Here is a list of the instances when the Captain Cool bowled us with his words of wisdom:

ON DRS:

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"If I am going to buy a life jacket which does not come with a warranty, that's a bit of a hassle for me. Especially with the huge amount of money you have to spend for the DRS. I would prefer some kind of warranty for it. The moment it comes, I will be happy." 

WHEN DHONI WAS ASKED HALFWAY THROUGH A SERIES IF INDIA WERE BEATEN ALREADY:

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"Till the full stop doesn't come, the sentence is not complete."

ON PRESSURE:

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"It's like having 100kg put over you. After that even if you put a mountain, it will not make a difference."

ASKED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN WHITEWASH IN ENGLAND AND AUSTRALIA:

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"You die, you die. You don't see which is the better way to die."

ON FITNESS:

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"If you are not 100 percent fit and not at your best (and still play) it's cheating"

ON COMPANY:

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"I have three dogs at home. Even after losing a series or winning a series, they treat me the same way."

ON PERSONAL QUESTIONS:

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"You have every right to ask me that. It's your prerogative. But I have the right to not answer."

WHEN HIS DAUGHTER WAS BORN A WEEK BEFORE 2015 WORLD CUP:

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"I am on national duty. Everything else can wait."

ON POOR PERFORMANCE:

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"I won't count it as a bad performance. It was so bad that I can't count it as a performance."

WHEN ASKED BY JOURNALISTS WHAT WENT WRONG IN A GAME:

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"That's why you should watch the game. What went wrong you would have realised."

ON MONEY AND CRICKET:

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"If you play cricket for India, money is bound to come."

ON PLAYING BAREFOOT DURING A PRACTICE SESSION:

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"Kya kare yaar, paise khatam ho gaye (What to do, we are all out of money)."

ON MEDIA SPECULATIONS:

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"You [media people] change my girlfriends every two days. Please let one continue for some time."

HIS REACTION ON MUMBAI WELCOMING THE TEAM AT A PARADE AFTER WORLD T20 WIN:

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"We are told that Mumbai is a city which is always on the move. See, me and my boys have brought the entire city to a standstill today."

ON D/L METHOD:

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"Frankly speaking, I don't understand Duckworth-Lewis. I just wait for the umpire's decision."

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