MS Dhoni, who inspired to win first World Cup in 28 years, found himself ranked above global football icon Lionel Messi, Mukesh Ambani and US President Barack Obama in the Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world for the year 2010.
Dhoni, ranked 52 in the chart, the list also included four Indians Mukesh Ambani (61), Brain Mapper VS Ramachandran (79), Azim Premji (88) and Aruna Roy (89).
Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who became the spokesman for a revolution in Egypt topped the list.
Time magazine described Dhoni as captain fantastic. “Dhoni is now universally acknowledged as India’s best captain ever. He’s also its most likable, exuding both cool confidence and down-to-earth humility.
“As astonishing as Dhoni’s talent is his background. Indian success stories are usually associated with pedigree, connections and power. Dhoni, from a small-town family of modest means, had none of these, but he’s shown India that you can make it with only one thing: excellence,” read the accompanying profile penned by author Chetan Bhagat.