Mahendra Singh Dhoni

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (M.S. Dhoni) is the 32 yearoldcaptain of India’s National Cricket team. Hewasborn on the 7th of July 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar, which is modernday Jharkhand. As a child M.S. Dhoni was an avidfootballand badminton player, before hewasintroduced to cricket and consequently fell in love with thesport. Prior to his exemplary cricket career, M.S. Dhoni was a Train Ticket Examiner at Kharagpur Railway Station between 2001 and 2003. Thispopular yet analyzed cricket player is a celebrity in India and is fondly referred to as Mahi, MS and MSD. Hemarried Sakshi Singh Rawat in 2010, andthey currently reside in Dehradun.

Cricket Information
Dhoni is right-handed batsmenwhile his bowlingstyle is right-arm medium. He is an all-rounder, a wicketkeeper and an attacking batsman. Theremarkableplayer,whowearsnumber 7 ODI shirt, has playedfor India, Asia XI, Bihar, Jharkhand and Chennai Super Kings. In December 2004, hemade his ODI debut in Chittagong, India won the 3 matchseries. Ayearlaterhemade his first Test appearance against Sri Lanka, andyetanotheryearlater in December 2006 hemade his Twenty20 debut versus South Africa.

He is considered one of thebest ODI batsmen in theworldand has wonseveralpersonalandteamawards. Hetook over the ODI captaincy in 2007 from Rahul Dravid, and in 2008 hewasdeclared as the Test captain. He is wellknownfor his unorthodoxapproach to captaining and his calmdemeanor on thefield.

He has thebest ODI testrecords of any Indian cricket captainand is theonly Indian captain to haveachievedthefeat of winning four wins in aseriesandtakinghomeall 3 ICC trophies. At themoment, Mahi has won 20 Man of thematchawardsand 6 Man of theseriesawards.

In August 2004 Mahi wasvotedman of thematch after leading India A to thefinal of the Triangular Tournament, after beating Pakistan A in the semi-finals. Healsowonman of thematch atthe finals of the 2011 World Cup.
His otherpersonalachievementsincludewinningthe ICC ODI player of theyearaward in 2008 and 2009, the Padma Shri award in 2009 andthe Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2007.

In 2011, hewasnamed one of themostinfluentialpeople in theworld by TIMEmagazine, and SportsPro alsoranked him as the 16th mostmarketableathlete.

Asthecaptain of India’s National cricket team, Mahi has wonthe ICC World Twenty20 in 2007, the 2010 Asia Cup in 2010 andthe Cricket World Cup in 2011. For 18 monthsbeginning in 2009, the National team under the captaincy of Mahi retainedtheno.1 spot in the ICC Test ranking.

Mahi has also captained the Chennai Super Kings to 2010 and 2011 seasonwins in theIndian Premier League as well as the 2010 Champions League Twenty20 winners.

Financial Status
Mahi is thehighest earning sportsman in India, with a reportednetworth of $31.5 million at theend of July 2013. Forbes conductedthe aforementioned assessmentandalsolisted him as the 16th highest earning athlete in theworld. He has nearly 25 endorsements that bring in over $1 million eachyear, andhealsoownsequitystakesandvitalroles in few of thecompaniesheendorses. E.g. He is thecurrent VP of Indian Cement Ltd. He co-owns a Supersport World Championship Motorcycleracingteamcalled Mahi Racing Team India.

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