Mahendra Singh Dhoni, sometimes abbreviated as MS Dhoni and poularly known as Mahi or Captain Cool by many former Indian players,(born July 7, 1981 in Lavali Village Almora, Uttarakhand) is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian team. Initially recognized as an extravagantly flamboyant and destructive batsman, Dhoni has come to be regarded as one of the coolest heads to captain the Indian ODI side. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007-08 and IDEA Cup India-Sri Lanka ODI Series of 2008, the first ever bilateral ODI series win of India in Sri Lanka and the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2008 in which they beat Australia 2-0. Currently Dhoni is the top ODI batsman in the ICC ODI rankings. Mahendra Singh Dhoni was awarded the ODI Player of the Year award in 2008, the first Indian player to achieve this feat. He led India in a streak of 9 ODI wins, an Indian record. He was conferred the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009.