India’s most successful cricket captain Mahendira Singh Dhoni has been engaged with his childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat. The engagement took place at a private function in a hotel in Dehradun with just family members and close friends present.
The entire engagement ceremony was conducted away from the media glare and was kept a top secret. Quoting close relatives of Dhoni, TV channels have confirmed the news of engagement.
“Besides the family members of Dhoni, including his parents, a few close friends were present during the engagement ceremony,” he added.
The marriage is likely to take place after India’s home series against Australia in October.
Asked whether any date for marriage has been fixed, he said, “not yet, may be after the Australian series.”
The Indian captain is currently enjoying a rare break with the next three-Test series against Sri Lanka scheduled to begin from July 18 at Galle.
The Indian team will play a warm-up game before that.
Dhoni, who made his international debut against Bangladesh in December 2004, has so far played 43 Tests, 166 ODIs and 25 T20s. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Cup Twenty20, CB Series of 200708, and the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2008 in which they beat Australia 20.
He also captained Chennai Super Kings to victory in the recent IPL 2010. He is now captain of India in all three forms of the game and also led the team to their first ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Under his charismatic leadership, India attained the number one status in Test cricket and managed to be the number two this year in ODI rankings.
Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour in 2009.
Latest update on this is MS Dhoni will tie knot with Sakshi Singh Rawat in a hush-hush ceremony at a farmhouse about 40km from Dehra Dun on Sunday night.