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Tough one to justify though, how do I start…

I know MSD has millions of fans across the globe & I am just a drop in the ocean of fans. In India, almost a % of Indians love him, adore him; But in Dubai, I wish, I could be one of craziest & greatest fans of MSD ever.

For all the Dhoni’s Greatest Fans: He is our beloved Midas Sing Dhoni – The Man – The Machine – The Master Mind, MS Dhoni didn’t only lead a cricket team; he also taught India how to win. 

MSD is like a Kohinoor diamond 🔹 not just for Indian Cricket 🏏 but also for the global cricket. Which is why several legendary players admire at him. 

I draw inspiration from everything MSD does, his humbleness, his leadership, his success, handling tough situations with courage, his thought 💭 process (no wonder that IIM wanted to map his brain – thought process) 

I want to meet MSD and tell him how crazy I have been right for all these years and much before he started leading the team. Infact, I started adoring him for the way he composed himself, during his post match interviews with lot of admiration and the way I idolise only grew day by day till date. 

07.07 –> MSD b’day is one of the few b’days, that I celebrate more than mine every year and it is not an exaggeration.  🎉 🎊  🎈 #WorldMSDiansDay #NationalHelicopterDay 🇮🇳 🏏 #7Numbari #MSDianForever 😉

  • July 07, 2014: We cut a cake in our Hyderabad room, on our captain cool’s b’day. 
  • July 07, 2017:  Celebrated his 2k17 b’day in Dubai in style from #TopofWorld #BurjKhalifa  ~ Wishing all #MSDians an exciting 07.07.2017 and World MS Dhoni Day!!! Lets #CelebrateMSD..🎉 🎊  🎈  an evening I will treasure for ever as a tribute to MSD.

My friends celebrate MSD success on my b’day and I celebrate MSD b’day more than my b’day!! 

  • In 2011, my friends celebrated my 25th b’day as KK-Dhoni’s and its was like a honorary doctorate to me. 
  • Even today, on my b’day I have been spending most of the time in capturing my emotions/collectibles in this post as a tribute to the legend.

I am not a fan of winning MSD, but a fan of #LegendMSD (win or loose). However, I am not only a crazy fan of idol MSD, but also emotionally bonded to MSD. Many a times,  I become emotional & thinking his name, gives goosebumps. Some of them below,

On Screen (in reel life – in MSD biopic):

  • several moments, especially when he misses the flight to be a part of 1st ever official appearance after all the support from friends over night to reach airport & his reaction to it was priceless. How many of us react like that?
  • after much anticipation, his name not making into the selection list and very moment, he purchasing sweets to friends. To indicate that he will remember the day to work harder..!
  • when he received the 1st cricket kit from pakistan, after so many requests by his friend ~ singh (apparently, I’m delighted to connect with real paramjit singh on fb

In Real-Life:

  • Every time, I see his 2011 world cup winning six, tears roll my eyes, with goosebumps. 
  • WC Semis 2015 🇮🇳 Exit – Post match, the only time, I saw his teary eyes in World Cup – Couldn’t resist that.. 
  • Jamshedpur, 2006: when he played with ice bags on his back, after exhaustion in 44 degrees temparature –  (I have this paper clip photo of him in my wallet along with that of my parents)
  • When he bid adieu to the test cricket so humbly; guess what, I hardly watch test cricket anymore (#MissingMSDInWhiteJersey)
  • Recently too, when he stepped down as a captain for Team India, that was emotionally drenching. But nevertheless, he is still a leader & CaptainCool for all of us as the smartest cricketing mind.
  • We enjoy his witty side too, in post match interviews, especially this one with a foreign journalist ~ (linked video) 😛

Win or loose, every-time all I wanted to see is the post match presentation ceremonies & pre and post match press briefings. There is huge bunch of collection of these & my post-grad friends used to come to me for these.

His determination to country-first attitude, is an impeccable statement of his style and the way forward on dealing things to all the young Indians to fulfill their dreams. Because of MSD, seven is not just a number anymore its an emotion now. 

Several memorabilia, turned out to be a small museum at my home: (along with all the books on him)

  • 2011 -2016: CSK Wall of Fame – Winner of ChennaiIPL’s – Super Crazzzyyy Fan Contest, Winner of ‘Chat with Dhoni’ Contest, Winner of Sakshi b’day contest, and more importantly through to final round of Sonata Contest – But missed out to submit entry because of exams, inturn missed a chance to meet/play with Dhoni XI 😦
  • Feb’2017 – Receiving an autographed white jersey from Brand Seven & Brand Seven – sending a shirt that he wore as a token of gratitude. 
  • Oct 2nd, 2016 – It was an absolute honor to watch his biopic along-with the legend himself, at Gurgaon, India last year. Literally goosebumps seeing my idol on stage just 300 meters away.
  • Oct-Feb 2017: The collection of miniature bats started that day and never ended, I was fortunate to win almost all the contests by all the brands during MSD biopic promotion. You name it, I am a part of winners list. Contests by: RevitalPayTM, Gulf Oil ( & InstaStarMeet), Exide Life Insurance, FoxStar Production, ShopClues ; Been a part of many more contests by: 
  • July’2017: Honored to receive the special edition original spartan bat with his autograph from Spartan Club on his b’day this year. (#SpartanGoldMember – 27824)
  • Sept’2017 – very recently, receiving a personalized & autographed miniature bat from the MSD’s own cricket academy in Dubai.

While winning 🥇 many goodies, autographed souvenirs, bats, t-shirts, being a part of Wall of Fame CSK, and seeing him from closer, cheering his matches (be it for India, CSK, RPS) every-time he played in my city, gave me utmost pleasure & inspiration, the ultimate dream of meeting MSD one day personally, remains to be fulfilled till date. The day I meet him, its like a #LifeTimeAcheivement for me 🙂 😉 :p 

MSD & 7 are an integral part of my day to day life from years now: be it my mobile numbers, passwords, jerseys that I buy, my mobile/laptop wall paper, my email ID, Facebook banner, flight seats CheckedIn, every transaction covers/ends with 7, the moment he setup his own apparel brand, I started admiring the brand. #IAMSEVEN

All my social media accounts hold a #Tag – #Proud_MSDian too, its again a honor to hold it with his values.

The day(s) when he stepped down from test cricket & as a captain, I became very emotional 😭.  So, when I meet, wanted to tell MSD, on behalf of all the fans that, ‘please don’t retire from professional Cricket with out announcing – we want to make it a memorable #WorldMSDiansDay

Also, for me one of the biggest motivations of choosing locations:

  • Working in Chennai, India – it was the 2nd home town for our ‘Thala MSD’ of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
  • There was a time, when I opted Ranchi as my 2nd preference of posting while working in a PSU Bank in India.
  • Now, MSD setting up his own academy in Dubai – its all destiny for me.. Where-ever, MSD goes I follow or vice-versa..

Legends like MSD carry an aura (positive energy) along-with them. Atleast once in a lifetime I wish I feel the aura closer. 

Lastly thanks to the entire team of @pacificclub for giving all the MSDians a great opportunity like this. Wish to make it to lucky list and live my ultimate dream, fingers crossed!

 

attaching some of the crazy artifacts..! ~ Karthik Koutharapu #Proud_Indian #MSDian 7️⃣ #Dream2MeetMSD

#surprise #msdhoni #MSDCA #Dhoni #sports #crickettime #mydubai #dxb #uae 

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Apr 2nd, 2011 : This day, every Indian has been waiting for Dhoni _ WC 28 years after all, the dream of India becoming Champions in World Cricket has come true. Indians will carry this emotions for decades to come.. Now, everyone has their own perceptions about how Team India became World Champions of Cricket. But my belief on one man “The man – The Machine – The Master Mind –> Midas Singh Dhoni” has made everything for Indian Cricket. Now we are the champions of all formats of cricket which makes cricket more and more dominant in all parts of the country. Whenever I see small kids playing cricket in streets I find the intense passion on this game and one man made it true for this country by lifting the Cup of Pride.. To my admiration many people started accusing Dhoni’s leadership as luck working out at times. If it is the case, why didn’t the same luck work out for Sachin or Ganguly when they lead the team in World Cup earlier. I call Dhoni’s way of leading as the Spirit of Platinum Leadership. For me, it’s a continuous case study. And to all the polls that discussed about who played the best in WC Final against Srilanka, I completely abide by the decision of ICC Match Referee.  For all those, who are unable to digest and hope that India will lift the most coveted cup of cricket.Here are some insights about why its so easy for us. FYI:: http://tinyurl.com/SachinonDhoni ; http://tinyurl.com/KapilonDhoni ; http://tinyurl.com/GangulyonDhoni  ;

Apr 5th / 6th : With the World Cup memories still afresh within, I attended Cognizant Technology Services internship interview. I am offered an opportunity to ‘Be Open, Be Flexible, Be Aware, Be Proactive, Be Collaborative, Be focused, Be Efficient, Innovative and above all Be Cognizant!! Seriously I thank my conscious effort about working with NotionInk earlier and honestly rating gadgets. There was a bit of luck that turned on my side at the end of day. I should thank Vinay Mishra for giving us opportunity and Sridhar Sir + K Ramesh Sir for shaping us efficiently. I am about to board CTSH Chennai on Apr 25th, 2011 and I have to prove to be passionate.. I am done with 2nd Sem exams in parallel.

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