Right through his journey from wicket keeping till the captaincy of Indian Cricket team, Dhoni has created a niche for himself and exceptional space in the hearts of millions of cricket lovers. While some have questioned his on-field methods, there is no iota of doubt that he is India’s one of the most successful captains for all times to come. He is the man behind making India proud by becoming the World cup champion in 2011.

Dhoni can also be credited for lifting India to No. 1 among Test nations & the ICC world Twenty-20 champions. India’s captain ‘cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 31 on Saturday. He has defied all odds to carve out a stupendous career for himself.

Mahi in Pics

Wishing Mahi the very best wishes, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said, “He is the best captain I have played under. He is very sharp and always alert. He reads the situation well and is open to sharing ideas. He always has discussions with bowlers, batsmen and senior players separately”.

With the exceptional career marching ahead for Dhoni, even the corporates are heavily relying on him for brand endorsements.

MS Dhoni has done brand endorsements in various popular ad campaigns like Pespsi, Gulf Oil.  In fact, some of them are called as Dhoni brand.

Recently Forbes released the list of top 10 earning cricketers of the world and our MS Dhoni tops the list with USD 10 million (which includes club and national team salaries and commercial endorsement income over the last 12 months).

Be it tests, ODIs or 20-20s, the Indian cricket team has reached new heights under the leadership of MS Dhoni! There is no doubt about it.

This Ranchi boy started his career in the year 1999-2000. His one day international debut came after playing five years of first class cricket on the 23rd of December 2004 against Bangladesh.

Son of Pan Singh and Devki Devi, Dhoni was born and brought up in Ranchi with two siblings.

Indian Cricket player Virendra Sehwag tweets, “Yes he did well by getting born today but it was a team effort really by his mom n dad”.

Surprisingly the hobbies of the Indian cricket captain are hearing music, ghazals and songs by Lata Mangeshkar and Kishore Kumar. He also loves- bike riding and plays badminton whenever gets spare time from his hectic cricket schedule.

As Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 31 today, MiD DAY provides some accolades from people who have admired the skipper over the years “Dhoni is one guy, who grasps things very quickly and has really transformed his game. Youngsters can learn a lot from him. And I think he has handled the captaincy really well”, says Yuvi.

Dhoni strongly believes in positive thinking and is highly confident in whatever he does. Every individual idolizes someone; our Indian cricket team captain Dhoni’s idol is Adam Gilchrist.

In recent years, Mahi has gone through numerous highs and lows; Dhoni has managed both with ease that has defined him on the field as 'captain-cool.'

Dhoni got married to Sakshi on July 4, 2010, who accompanied him during various twists and turns of his cricketing career.

And as the Indian skipper turns a year older, Jagran Post’s entire team wishes him the very best wishes.

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