When Mahendra Singh Dhoni got run out on the first ball that he faced in his debut match against Bangladesh, it was not considered a commendable start. But little did one know that this small-town guy from Ranchi would soon go on to become one of the finest batsmen that India can boast of at the international level. Despite a dismal performance in the first four matches, he reverted back by scoring an impressive 148 runs from just 123 balls in his fifth match played against Pakistan in Vishakhapatnam. It included four sixes and fifteen boundaries. He has gone on to lead the Indian ODI and Twenty20 teams which have won many prestigious series under his captainship including the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007-08 and IDEA Cup India- Sri Lanka ODI Series of 2008. He is the face of the new and young Indian cricket team, full of flamboyance and positive aggressiveness. But still, when the situation demands, he can play with utmost responsibility.
Popularly known as Mahi, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (abbreviated as MS Dhoni) was born on July 7, 1981, in Lvali village in the Almora district of Uttarakhand. His father’s name is Pan Singh and mother’s name is Devki Devi. Dhoni has two siblings, a sister Jayanti and a brother Narendra. Dhoni likes the work of cricketers Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and singer Lata Mangeshkar. His hobbies include listening to ghazals and songs by Kishore Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. He is passionate about his bikes and loves spending his leisure time playing video games. He enjoys drinking milk and gulps down around a litre on a daily basis. His long, lustrous locks were quite a rage till he gave them a shorter nick so that he can look like his favourite film star John Abraham.
During his school days, Dhoni intially excelled in football and badminton and participated in their district level tournaments. But soon, he became the regular wicketkeeper of the Commando Cricket Club by showcasing his impressive wicketkeeping skills. Dhoni started giving his full attention upon cricket after his tenth standard.
Dhoni is an aggressive right-handed batsman and wicket-keeper. He is at the top of ICC ODI rankings currently. He is the first Indian player to be awarded the ODI Player of the Year award in 2008. Dhoni has also been responsible for leading India to win nine consecutive ODI wins, which is a record in itself. In 2009, he has also been awarded the fourth highest Indian civilian honour of Padma Shri.
Dhoni has also led the Chennai Super Kings team of the Indian Premier League. He was the most expensive player of the first season and was contracted for 1.5 Million USD. Dhoni has already been compared to Australia’s Steve Waugh for his captaincy skills. In the battle of nerves, the mental toughness accompanied with the cool temperament exhibited by Dhoni just resembles the kind of leadership that was exhibited by Steve Waugh.