His Bollywood idol is said to be John Abraham though his favourite actor is Amitabh Bachchan. His cricketing idols are Sachin Tendulkar and Adam Gilchrist.
Of course, he's managed to break the latter's world record for the maximum number of dismissals in a given innings. Meet Indian cricket's latest poster boy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who became the most expensive player at the Indian Premier League's players' auction in Mumbai on Wednesday.
India Cements, the owner of the Chennai team, picked up Dhoni for a whopping Rs 6 crore for one season for the inaugural IPL Twenty20 tournament.
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Text: Aminah Sheikh, Business Standard
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