10Came from Humble Beginnings
Born in Ranchi, Bihar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni hails from his paternal village Lvali in Almora district of Uttarakhand. Dhoni’s parents moved to Ranchi where his father worked in a junior management position in an engineering consultation company. He had a sister and a brother as well.
At DAV school where he studied, he excelled in Badminton and Football reaching the district and club levels. He was a talented goal keeper from his childhood from which the roots of a great wicket keeper might have surfaced. After seeing his flexibility and agility, K. R. Banerjee, his football coach, advised him to take up a sport like cricket, which would give him better opportunities and exposure. So, he started playing for the local Commando Cricket Club and was picked for the 1997/98 Vinoo Mankad Trophy championship where he did well. He made it to the Bihar team in 1999/2000 season and made a fifty in his debut against Assam Cricket Team in the Ranji Trophy. In 2001 he moved to Kharagpur, West Bengal in search of a job and was able to clear the TTE exam to secure a job as a Train Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur Railway Station where he used to play soft ball cricket at night. In the mean time he played for the Jharkand Cricket Team and was spotted by Prakash Poddar, former captain of Bengal, who sent a report to the National Cricket Academy.Following a successful domestic season in 2003/04 Dhoni was picked for the India A team for a tour of Zimbabwe and Kenya where he impressed selectors with his wicket keeping and batting. Subsequently, achieving the target he long yearned for, Dhoni was selected for the Indian ODI squad for the Bangladeshi tour in 2004/05.