“I care most about how people live their lives, what choices they make and how they get the best from themselves. This is why people such as Amitabh Bachchan, Sachin (Tendulkar) and Rahul (Dravid) are heroes of mine,” Dhoni said.
While he may share his idols with millions, Dhoni credits his parents - especially his father Pan Singh - for how his life has shaped up.“When I was young I was closer to my mother but while I was in Class 12, the reason for my father’s reference to discipline became clear to me,” Dhoni revealed. “Exams were due and I needed to study but the last day of preparation coincided with a big cricket match. I asked him what I should do. In turn, he asked if I was ready for the exam, which I felt I was. ‘With only 24 hours to go you will either be ready or you will not. Go and play,’ he said, ‘and have some fun for there is nothing more you can do in your studying.’ In other words, you now have your priorities in order.” Dhoni’s focus though is not restricted to just cricket, although the sport shares a link with most of what he most cares about. For example, his love for bikes - he has 35 - is also a result of a deep-rooted passion. “I like to polish them. I’ll tell you a story. When I was a boy, one of our senior players used to position his beautiful bike behind me and then hit balls at me to catch. If I missed one and it hit the bike, I had to fix up the mark. Therefore I learned not to miss many. I’ve either been polishing bikes or trying to cling on to catches pretty much ever since!”