|Name||Mahendra Singh Dhoni|
|Date of Birth||July 7, 1981|
|Birth Place||Ranchi, Bihar|
|Education||School: DAV school, Ranchi
College: Gossner College
|Family|| Father: Pan Singh (MECON employee)
Mother: Devki Devi
Sister: Jayanti Gupta
His father is from Talasaalam near Almora and his mother is from Nainital district.
|Cricket|| Batting style: Right hand batsman
Bowling style: Right arm medium
Field position: Wicket keeper
|Major teams played||India, Asia XI, Jharkhand|
|Cricket Debut||Test debut : India v Sri Lanka at Chennai – Dec 2-6, 2005
ODI debut : Bangladesh v India at Chittagong (MAA) – Dec 23, 2004
Twenty20 Int. debut : South Africa v India at Johannesburg – Dec 1, 2006
|Favorites|| Cricketers: Adam Gilchrist and Sachin Tendulkar
Actor : Amitabh Bachan
Actress : Angelina Jolie
Model : Deepika Padukone
Singer: Lata Mangeshkar
Movies : Agneepath and Sholay
Outfit : T-shirt, jackets, designer jeans and designer-boots.
Accessories :Chunky Watches.
Food: Chicken butter masala with naan, chicken tikka pizza and all home made foods
Sports: badminton, hockey, football, table tennis
Bollywood idol:John Abraham
|Hobbies and interests||* Hearing music, ghazals and songs by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar
* Loves to ride bikes
* Enjoys playing badminton
* loves gossips
|Dislikes||* English songs
* Working out at gyms
|Computer games||Likes to play Counter Strike, Black Hawk Down, Men of Valor|
|Pets||* Sam (German Shepherd)
* Zara (black Labrador)
|Milk-a-holic||He drinks a litre of milk everyday. It can be milkshake, hot chocolate or anything.|
|Hates||people with double standards and those who ‘butter him up’.|
|His characteristics||* Thinks positive
* Highly confident about himself
* Is aggressive on the field
|Cricketing Facts||* He was selected for the district and club level in both football and cricket. But his football instructor Mr. K. R. Banerjee sent him to play cricket.
* Based on his club cricket performances, he was picked for the 1997-98 Vinoo Manked Trophy U-16 Championship.
* He was run out on the first ball he faced on his debut.
* On the 31st of October, he broke the record of highest runs scored by a wicket keeper by securing 183 runs against Srilanka which was played at Jaipur.(Adam Gilchrist was the former record holder with 172 runs)
* He hit the most number of sixes by an Indian in an Innings, and the second highest in ODI cricket, which is a total of 10 sixes.
|Records||* Holds the record for highest runs scored by a wicketkeeper, i.e. 183 not out. His innings of 183 not out is the highest score made by anyone in the second innings of an ODI.
* Became the first Indian to hit 10 sixes in an ODI.
* Made a record of scoring 120 runs in an ODI from boundaries and sixes(15 boundaries and 10 sixes).
* Is the only second Indian to reach 1st position on LG’s ICC ODI batting rankings.
|Other Achievements||* Won the Pepsi & MTV Youth Icon of the year 2006.
* Nominated for NDTV Youth Icon of the year 2006.
|Long hair||believes that his long hair has brought him luck in cricket|
|Endorsements||A price of Rs 50 lakh for an endorsement. Endorses Reebok, GE Money, Godrej, NDTV, Siyaram’s, Orient PSPO, Bharat Petroleum, Mysore Sandal soap, PEPSI, Parle Milk Shakti, Exide, Royal Stage, Reliance Mobile, Sonata, Videocon, TVS, Nazara|
|“School Chalein Hum”||To do his bit for his town, he readily agreed to lend his name for the campaign to be launched by the administration. (The school dropout rate in Ranchi, is around 45 per cent)|
|College Education||Only his exam forms were filled but he never sat for one as he was busy playing matches.|
|Memorable Cricket||School days: In 1997 he was in the tenth standard, and it was the school league final, a limited overs match, and got 213 not out. His partner Shabbir Hussian got 119. The made around 378 runs in an opening wicket partnership. That was one of the turning points in his career.
Present: When India won the 2007 World Twenty20 under his captaincy.
|Famous opinion||“I feel we (cricketers from small towns) are tougher than players from metros. In Ranchi, there were no academics, good gyms or high-profile coaches, so we had to learn the cricket hard way. “|
|Motto of his life||Never give up|