The true story of MS Dhoni and his late girlfriend – Priyanka Jha

An incident that changed the life of our Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni.


Every successful human being has some past but what Dhoni went through in his 20s is a painful one. After all the pain he went through he did breakdown but made a strong comeback and made all of us proud. While a few of Mahi's die-hard fans might have been aware of Captain Cool's tragic past, the dramatisation of his life in the 2016-released biopic was the introduction of Priyanka Jha to the more casual fanbase. That one incident which took place in the year 2002 turned cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s life upside down.

Mahi, being a private person, has never spoken about his past tragedy in public and everything we know about the saga is from the movie and a few scattered rumours. The two allegedly decided to get married before the tragedy struck. 

Behind every successful man, there is a woman

We are speaking about Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s relationship with Priyanka Jha. A true love story that is not known to many maybe even to his die-hard fans. This particular love story will prove the phrase true that behind every successful man there is a woman. Priyanka Jha was not just Dhoni’s true love but she was even his strength. When Mahendra Singh Dhoni was in his early 20s, he met this girl named Priyanka Jha. He was gearing up to get a place in India XI and it was during that time he fell in love with Priyanka. It is said that the two had decided to spend the rest of their life with each other. 

Make hay while the sun shines

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Priyanka Jha’s relationship was going strong and it was during that period when Mahi got selected for India A squad to tour Zimbabwe and Kenya in 2003-2004. The wicketkeeper-batsman showed his skills on the field and grabbed a million eyeballs. The young lad who then desired to play for the country left everyone stunned by scoring 362 runs in six innings in the tri-nation tournament. That way Dhoni caught the attention of the Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and interim coach Ravi Shastri, who took the young lad in the ODI squad that toured Bangladesh in 2004. Little did Mahi know that in between touring and grabbing everyone’s attention in the cricket field, many things back in his personal life had changed that was unknown to him.

Turning point

The man who was making everyone proud was not even aware that he lost the person who was close to his heart, his strength, his everything – Priyanka Jha. Yes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had decided to spend the rest of his life with his ladylove Priyanka Jha, she had passed away in a tragic accident in the year 2006. It was after Mahi returned home post-tournament he got to know that Priyanka could not survive the injuries. Mahi broke down, his dreams of marrying his first love just ended and that too in the most disastrous way. It took him a long time to get back on track but after that, the determined Dhoni started making and breaking all records.

Dhoni with his late girlfriend, Priyanka Jha

Sad endings must have a new beginning

In the year 2010, on July 4 Mahendra Singh Dhoni tied the knot with Sakshi Singh Rawat. They have a cute baby girl named Ziva. But it is said Captain Cool could never forget Priyanka Jha and the moments he shared with her.

Ms Dhoni with his wife, Sakshi and daughter, Ziva

“Struggles leads to a successful life”

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Saquib Ahmad

I am currently pursuing an MBA in Marketing and International Business from FORE School of Management, New Delhi. I have done my engineering in Computer Science from Pune University. If there is anything which truly defines me as a person is one famous Japanese proverb which says, "Fall seven times, stand up eight."


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