"Rare is the true love; true friendship is rarer."
MS Dhoni, the name says it all. You don't need to be a cricket fan to admire him. When we talk about Dhoni, for someone not coming from the major hub, it's a rare cricketing success. Making his Ranji trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999-2000 season as an 18-year old, he made a half century in his debut match scoring 68 in the second innings against the Assam cricket team.
An Indian cricket star now, Dhoni owes his success a lot to his childhood friend who helped him master something iconic.
While the long-awaited movie, 'MS Dhoni: The Untold Story' is out in theaters, there is yet another story about MS Dhoni that you might be unfamiliar with.
Moreover, can you guess who is in this picture with Dhoni?
It turns out that Santosh is the one who helped Dhoni master the unusual shot.
They used to play tennis ball cricket together. India ODI captain was very fond of Santosh's batting skills.
They were best friends since childhood and both worked for Railways.
Santosh went on to play Ranji cricket later for the Jharkhand state team.
He suffered Pancreatitis and passed away in July 2013. Dhoni arranged a proper treatment for Santosh. He arranged for him to be flown from Ranchi to Delhi. Unfortunately, Santosh didn't make it.
It was Santosh's passion for cricket, love for Dhoni and his best wishes that made Dhoni a star. India owes a lot to Santosh Lal.