Mahendra Singh Dhoni or what we usually call him 'Mahi' was born on July 7 1981 in Ranchi, Bihar (now part of Jharkhand). His father Pan Singh and mother Devaki Devi along with their three kids(2 sons-Mahendra Singh Dhoni & Narendra, 1 daughter- Jayanti) moved to Ranchi from Lvalli (his paternal village) located in Uttarakhand where his father worked at junior management levels in MECON.
Dhoni has done his schooling from DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir, Shyamali (now the school is known as JVM, Shyamli, Ranchi). Before he stepped into cricketing career, he excelled in badminton and football and got selected at district as well club level in these two sports. MS Dhoni played as a goalkeeper for his football team in those days and was sent to play cricket for a cricket club that was local by his football coach.
He made his cricketingdebut ina cricket team of Bihar in Jharkhand during the 1998-1999 cricketseasons as an eighteen year old.Subsequently, he was chosen to represent India-A for a cricket tour to Kenya in 2004.Apart from being one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket team till now;he is a wicketkeeper, right hand batsman as well as right hand medium paced bowler.