Wedding Bells: Dhoni Gets Engaged to Long-time Friend Sakshi


Ranchi, Jul 4: Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday got engaged to his childhood friend Sakshi Singh Rawat at a private function in a hotel in Dehradun with just family members and close friends present.

The marriage is likely to take place after India's home series against Australia in October.

The engagement for Dhoni, one of India's most successful captain, comes just four days before his 29th birthday.

"Dhoni and his school friend Sakshi got engaged at Hotel Bhagirath in Dehradun," a close family friend said in Ranchi.

"Besides the family members of Dhoni, including his parents, a few close friends were present during the engagement ceremony," he added.

Among the cricketers present on the occasion were off spinner Harbhajan Singh and pacer Ashish Nehra.

Dhoni and Sakshi, who hails from Aurangabad, had been school friends at DAV, Shamily in Ranchi.

"Their fathers worked together in MECON, and the Rawats moved to Dehradun after retirement," the friend said.

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 2007-08, and the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2008 in which they beat Australia 2-0.

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.


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  • soban, almora

    Mon, Jul 05 2010

    mahendar..we love u...apne pahar ki larki se hi shadi karke hamara sir garv se uch kar diya hai...pls sabko bata do ki tum uttrakhand ke hi ho....

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    Sun, Jul 04 2010

    Congrats,,, Dhoni finaly you have decided to tie the knot,,,,,

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  • ravi, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 04 2010

    this is good decision..
    success of any sports man depends on his life partners .
    99% of cricketer who run behind busty bollywood bimbos failed to readch the target or their rela aim..
    start from azar to jadeja to yuvraj etc.
    same time see sachin to ganguly with differenct bakc groiund

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  • kumar, mangalore

    Sat, Jul 03 2010

    dhoni & sakshi,
    wish you both all the best

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    Sat, Jul 03 2010

    Congrats & Welcome to GRASTASHRAMA.

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  • Canute, Dubai/Kundapur

    Sat, Jul 03 2010


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  • sylvester, jeppu,dubai

    Sat, Jul 03 2010

    Congratulations!!!!! win India in more and more times we love to see you when India wins

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