Mahi’, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni, was born on 7th July, 1981 to Pan Singh and Devaki Dev at Ranchi in Bihar-India (now Jharkhand). Dhoni’s parents had moved to Ranchi from Uttarakhand where his father works in a junior management position in Mecon. He has a sister and a brother.Dhoni is a fan of Adam Gilchrist and his childhood idols were teammate Sachin Tendulkar, the Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and the melody queen Lata Mangeshkar.

Dhoni studied at DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir School, Shyamali in Ranchi where he initially excelled in badminton and football, and was selected at district and club levels in these sports.

Though the had not played cricket before, Dhoni impressed with his wicket keeping skills and became the regular wicket keeper of his cricket club. Dhoni started focusing completely on cricket after 10th standard.

During 2000-03, he worked as a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) in Midnapore district, West Bengal. He was honest and straightforward. But he also had a mischievous shade to him. He and his colleagues scared the night guards by acting as ghosts. This incident even made news the next day. He and Mahela Jayawardene set a new world record for the sixth wicket partnership of 218 runs, during Afro-Asia Cup in 2007. In 2012, he became the only captain in ODIs to score a century while batting at number 7. He also became the fourth fastest batsman to complete 8,000 runs in One-Day cricket in 2014.

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