Update: Images from the venue:

Update: MSD-Sakshi’s wedding begins: This is it! MS Dhoni’s wedding ceremony has begun. In attendance from the celeb list is John Abraham and cricketers R P Singh, Ashish Nehra and Suresh Raina.

Mega update: Well well well. Here’s the mega update: Agencies are reporting that Dhoni may marry Sakshi tonight! What’s the rush? I really don’t know. I guess the rich and famous face family pressure as much as the man or woman on the street.

Here’s a quick round up of what’s been flashing on TV and Twitter so far:

  • The wedding is almost certainly tonight
  • Bipasha Basu, who’s just joined Twitter has sent her best wishes to Mahi and Sakshi, wishing them a very happy life together
  • John Abraham will attend the wedding
  • Wedding will be held in Dehradun at Vishranti farms. The BCCI President Shashank Manohar has reached Dehradun
  • Reception will be held in Mumbai on July 7

Read the full story here.

Now,  read the previous updates on the jhat mangni phat shadi, MSD style.

Kolkata can look forward to welcoming a new jamai.  Sakshi Singh Rawat, MS Dhoni’s school friend who just became his fiancé, is a Management graduate based in Kolkata. The engagement though, took place last night in Dehradun.

The Indian captain is currently enjoying a break from cricket with the next three-Test series against Sri Lanka scheduled to begin from July 18 at Galle.

Profile: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni and Sakshi studied together at DAV, Shamily in Ranchi. The families too know each other well since both their fathers worked in MECON. The Rawat family moved to Dehradun after Sakshi’s father retired.

MSD has largely been discussed in the social context on two accounts – his riveting hair styles and his model-actress girlfriends.  In 2007, MSD said he had a crush on Deepika Padukone. She was present at a T20 match against Australia (apparently invited by him). Next, we even heard back then that Dhoni cut his long hair to appease Deepika who didn’t care for the unkempt look.

In 2008 came a link up with Belgaum beauty Lakshmi Rai. In an interview in 2009, Lakshmi referred to Dhoni as her ‘best friend’. In the same interview Lakshmi Rai revealed that she was not averse to marrying Dhoni since “he’s the kind of guy any girl would love to marry.”

Dhoni is very affectionate: Lakshmi Rai

Another Southern hottie, Asin, is next on the MSD list of possible/former/girlfriends.  Dhoni had been dropping by Asin’s home which had everyone asking:

Asin, Dhoni…more than just friends?

Well, I suppose that’s all in the past now.  MSD’s birthday comes up in 4 days. He’ll turn 29 and this birthday’s bound to be extra special.

Let’s hope Sakshi doesn’t put a stop to the special brand of flamboyance we expect of MSD (what if she asks him to stop riding bikes).

All the best.

(Some information courtesy agencies)

PS: Watch out for updates!

Update 1:
As promised, here comes the first update. See Avantika’s comment below: ‘Why did he do this.’ Well, this Sunday appears to be a heartbreak day for girls. First, Dhoni gets hitched, now there’s news of Cristiano Ronaldo becoming a father. The statement is available on the Real Madrid footballer’s official website. I don’t know if someone has hacked into it though! Ronaldo has recently been linked to 24-year-old Russian swimwear model Irina Shayk.

You can read the full story here.

This is Irina Shayk on Sports Illustrated.

(Wedding venue images courtesy PTI)