Indian cricket's newest star, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has taken the cricketing world by storm in the past year, turned 25 today.
Dhoni, who is one of the best wicketkeeper batsman India has had in recent times, was voted the MTV Youth Icon this year. He joined the ranks of industrialist, Anil Ambani, filmstar Shah Rukh Khan, who have been the Youth Icons in the previous years.
The swashbuckling batsman won the hearts of young India with his style on and off the field.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had less burden on his head before the West Indies tour, having trimmed his trademark flowing locks. But for his innumerable fans back home, he had a reassuring message - the long hair would be back before he returns to India. Although he has the looks of a rock star but does not want to be one -- all he wants to be is Adam Gilchrist.
But for his innumerable fans back home, he had a reassuring message - the long hair would be back before he returns to India.
Amazingly, the Ranchi-born does not feel any pressure of public adulation and expectations as he has shown in several of his innings in tight situations.
Reminded of his unusual strokes such as the sweep close to the leg stump, Dhoni said that he would not change the way he played because "I am what I am." But he admitted there was scope for improvement in all areas of his game.
Dhoni this year had a brief stay at the top in ODI rankings table. However, following the one day series defeat in the Caribbean, Dhoni slipped to the fourth slot of the batting ladder in the latest ICC ODI Rankings.
Dhoni is now behind Adam Gilchrist of Australia who tops the table, followed by West Indies' Ramnaresh Sarwan and Aussie captain Ricky Ponting.