MS Dhoni is the only captain in history to have won all three major ICC tournaments - the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2010 Asia Cup, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Dhoni was born in Ranchi, Jharkhand, and grew up playing football and badminton before turning to cricket.
He made his international debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh, but it was his knock of 148 against Pakistan in just his fifth ODI that announced his arrival on the big stage.
Dhoni's father, Pan Singh, worked as a pump operator in the MECON company, and his mother, Devki Devi, was a housewife. Dhoni's family struggled to make ends meet during his early years.
Dhoni is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army and has undergone training with the Parachute Regiment.
Dhoni is a big fan of motorcycles and owns a number of bikes, including a Yamaha RD350, a Harley Davidson Fatboy, and a Kawasaki Ninja H2.
In 2011, Dhoni was named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Dhoni is known for his love for dogs, and he has several pets, including a black Labrador named Zara.
Dhoni is also an accomplished footballer and has played for the Indian Railways football team.
Dhoni is the first Indian wicket-keeper to score 4,000 Test runs, and he has also taken over 250 catches in Test cricket.
Dhoni is a big fan of Hollywood actor Sylvester Stallone and has even named his dog after the Rambo star.
Dhoni's favourite food is chicken butter masala, and he also enjoys eating butter chicken, naan, and kebabs.
Dhoni's wife, Sakshi, was his schoolmate in Ranchi, and the couple got married in a private ceremony in 2010.
Dhoni is a big fan of Indian mythology and is known to read books on Lord Krishna and the Bhagavad Gita.
Dhoni has won a number of awards and honours, including the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian award, and the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India's highest sporting honour.