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Dhoni, Yuvraj inducted with the MCC honorary life membership

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MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team who led the team to victories in the T20 and ODI World Cups and the 2013 Champions Trophy, along with Yuvraj Singh, the Player of the Tournament in the 2011 ODI World Cup, have been named among the five Indians to be awarded honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Dhoni, who was also a wicketkeeper-batsman, played 538 international matches across formats and scored over 17,000 runs. The MCC, which is based in London and founded in 1787, is one of the most prestigious cricket clubs in the world and is responsible for the Laws of Cricket. The club has a long history of awarding honorary life memberships to players who have made significant contributions to the sport.

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In addition to MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian cricketer, was also awarded an honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). Yuvraj was a key member of the Indian team that won the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and the 2011 home World Cup, where he contributed with both the bat and ball. He famously hit six sixes in an over against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup and scored a quickfire 70 against Australia in the semi-final. Suresh Raina, another member of the 2011 winning World Cup squad, was also recognized for his contributions in knocking out the defending champions in the quarter-finals and in the semi-final against Pakistan.

Former India women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj and veteran pacer Jhulan Goswami were also granted honorary life memberships by the MCC. The duo retired from international cricket after India’s early exit from the 2022 ODI World Cup. Mithali Raj remains the top run-scorer in women’s ODIs with 7805 runs in 232 games, while Jhulan Goswami is the leading wicket-taker in the format with 255 scalps. The MCC is known for recognizing the contributions of exceptional cricketers to the sport, and this recognition is a testament to the achievements of these Indian cricketers.

MCC awards Honorary Life Membership of the Club to some of the world’s finest cricketers and can today reveal the names of the latest men and women to have been bestowed with this privilege:

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Player Country Career Span
Merissa Aguilleira West Indies 2008–2019
MS Dhoni India 2004–2019
Jhulan Goswami India 2002-2022
Jenny Gunn England 2004-2019
Muhammad Hafeez Pakistan 2003-2021
Rachael Haynes Australia 2009-2022
Laura Marsh England 2006–2019
Eoin Morgan England 2006-2022
Mashrafe Mortaza Bangladesh 2001-2020
Kevin Pietersen England 2005-2014
Suresh Raina India 2005-2018
Mithali Raj India 1999-2022
Amy Satterthwaite New Zealand 2007-2022
Yuvraj Singh India 2000-2017
Anya Shrubsole England 2008-2022
Dale Steyn South Africa 2004–2020
Ross Taylor New Zealand 2006-2022

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