Sakshi Dhoni is better known as the wife of former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wife. She came into the limelight after her marriage to then most eligible bachelor of India.
Like her husband, Sakshi also prefers to remain out of the sight of the paparazzi. However during the IPL season, she is often seen in the stands of the Chennai Super Kings, cheering for his husband and his team.
Dhoni (left) and Sakshi (right) childhood photo
Sakshi Singh Rawat, which is her original name, was born on 19 November 1988 in Lekhapani town in Tinsukia district in Assam, India.
Her father’s name was R. K. Singh and he worked for the Kanoi Group’s ‘Binaguri Tea Company’. Her mother’s name was Sheila Singh and she was a home-maker. She has a brother named Akshay and a sister named Abhilasha.
She started her pre-primary schooling in Lekhapani where now famous Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma was also her classmate. Her best friend’s name is Poorna, who is the daughter of Praful Patel, a politician of NCP Party.
Later when her family moved to Dehradun, as her grandfather worked as the divisional forest officer there, she was enrolled at Welham Girl’s School in Dehradun.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni wife – Sakshi Dhoni
She later completed her schooling from Jawahar Vidya Mandir in Ranchi. MS Dhoni also studied in the same school and was a senior to Sakshi in school.
She pursued her education in hotel management and got her degree from the Institute of Hotel Management, Aurangabad. She later did her internship at Taj Bengal, Kolkata where she first met with her future husband.
Sakshi is an excellent cook herself and she is so addicted to cooking that she carries an electric cooker with herself when she accompanies Dhoni on cricketing tours.
She has a foundation to her name, Sakshi Rawat Foundation, which she runs and the organisation supports orphans and take care of their well-being.
The actual love story of the couple is slightly different from what was portrayed on the silver screen in the biopic of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Both their respective fathers were colleagues at Mecon Limited.
Although both Dhoni and Sakshi studied in the same school for a brief period in Ranchi, their love story did not bloom there as they did not meet in the school as Sakshi was Dhoni’s junior.
It was 2007 when Sakshi was doing her internship in the Taj Bengal hotel that she met Dhoni. The Indian team had gone to Kolkata to play Pakistan in the Eden Gardens.
Both of them were introduced by their common friend and manager Yudhajit Dutta. It was the last day of Sakshi’s internship at the hotel and Yudhajit had arranged a farewell party for her.
He had also invited Dhoni to the party and that was how they first met. After Sakshi left, Dhoni asked for her number form Yudhajit and began texting her.
At first Sakshi thought it was a prank played by one of her friends, but later when she came to know the truth, she was left awestruck. The couple eventually stepped into a romantic relationship in March 2008.
In the same year Sakshi attended Dhoni’s birthday party. Since Dhoni was busy with his friends, he could not give much time to Sakshi. To make up for that, he personally drove Sakshi back to her place.
The couple kept their relation under wraps and out of the eyes of the media for a long time. Later they took the permission from their respective families and got married.
The engagement happened on 3 July 2010 in Dehradun at Hotel Competent. The wedding took place on the next day in a hotel named ‘Vishranti Resort’ near Dehradun.
Dhoni marriage moments
Many famous personalities from sports, politics and film fraternity attended the wedding. Bollywood personalities like John Abraham and Farah Khan, sports personalities like Suresh Raina, RP Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Indian politicians Like Sharad Pawar and Vasundhara Raje attended the wedding ceremony to bless the couple.
Sakshi wore a gorgeous red and green lehenga for the wedding ceremony, which was designed by the ace designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Sakshi has inked her husband’s nickname, Mahi, in Devanagari script right below her left ear on her neck.
MS Dhoni daughter – Ziva Dhoni
After Dhoni’s marriage to Sakshi, his career skyrocketed. He won two topmost championships including the 2011 World Cup for India and played a huge role in the finals.
MS Dhoni family
The couple was blessed with a beautiful daughter in February 2015 and the couple named her Ziva. Sakshi now spends most of her time looking after her daughter and supporting her husband during the matches.
Although she tries hard to stay away from the eyes of paparazzi, however her name got attached to a scandal when she was cheering for her husband’s IPL team Chennai Super Kings.
Sakshi with Vindoo Dara Singh
When the IPL match fixing scandal came to light, one photograph came to the media’s eyes where Sakshi was seen sitting beside Vindoo Dara Singh, who was investigated for his involvement in match-fixing.
However after the investigations nothing came to the forefront against Sakshi and her name was cleared from all charges.