Dhoni as a batsman can change a game in minutes without even scoring big shots. The wicketkeeper batsman likes to bowl occasionally. He is a role model for hair-stylists as he keeps on changing his hair styles more often.

As he celebrates his 34th birthday today, here are some interesting facts about him...

1. He is the highest individual Income Tax payer in state of Jharkhand.

2. Initially, he played badminton and football, Dhoni was selected at district and club level in these sports. He was a goalkeeper for his football team and was sent to play cricket for a local cricket club by his football coach.

3. Dhoni had long hair which he got shortened. He had his hair cut because he wanted to look like his favourite film star John Abraham.

4. He likes bikes. A Hummer to add to many cars and motorcycles already parked in his garage in Ranchi. He has 23 bikes in his fleet.

5. He endorses nearly many brands from clothes to soft drinks. Only Shah Rukh Khan has more brand endorsements than Mahi in his kitty.

6. The wicketkeeper batsman made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004, and was run out on the first ball.

7. He is the only captain to have led India to victory in all three major ICC tournaments: the Twenty-20 World Cup in 2007, 50 over World Cup in 2011 and the Champion’s Trophy in 2013. He also led his victorious team Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (2010 and 2011) and Champions League Twenty20 (2010 and 2014). India achieved numero uno position in ICC Test rankings under his leadership.

8. Dhoni is India’s most successful cricket captain, having led India to 27 test victories and a whopping 163 one-day victories. His win percentage is also unparalleled: 45 percent in Tests and 61 percent in one-day internationals.

9. Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lt Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in November 2011. Dhoni has, time and again, iterated that he would like to play some role in the Army in the future.

10. He is the only player to win the ICC Player of the Year award, twice.

11. His wife, Sakshi carries a electrical cookers along every time she accompanies MSD on cricket tours.

12. MSD is a huge fan of Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist.

13. 18 years old, Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 season.

14. Dhoni was employed as a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur Railway Station from 2001 to 2003.

15. Having played 90 Test matches, Dhoni was only 10 short of 100 Test matches. Only 10 other Indians have played 100 or more Test matches. But Dhoni never cared about personal records.

MSD came to play, he played his best cricket and he left.

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