Despite being away from cricket for 10 months, former India skipper MS Dhoni’s popularity has not dipped an inch. Amid all the talks and discussions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic that has brought the world to a standstill, Dhoni surprisingly trended in India on Tuesday evening. Also Read - Pakistan Cricketer Taufeeq Umar Recovers From COVID-19, Urges People to Take Virus Seriously
#DhoniBirthdayIn77Days was among the top trends in the country which is currently reeling under the COVID-19 lockdown. Also Read - Maharashtra Sees Highest Single-day Jump in COVID-19 Deaths, 139 People Succumb to Disease in 24 Hours
The 2011 World Cup-winning captain was born on July 7 but fans started discussing it from April 21 itself, 77 days ahead of his birthday. While some fans hailed his abilities, some lauded his down-to-earth and humble personality. Also Read - Leander Paes Aims For Eighth Olympics, Targets Record 100 Grand Slam Appearances
Arguably one of the finest to have ever led India, he became the first Indian captain to win all three ICC Trophies apart from leading CSK to three IPL titles.
Within a matter of 45 minutes, fans posted over 48.6 K tweets to hail the former Indian captain. It is unclear what prompted the trend.
Here is how netizens are reacting.
Dhoni, a crowd-favourite was set to make a comeback to cricket in the cash-rich Indian Premier League but the T20 tournament has been postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic. It is highly unlikely that IPL will take place this year as most major sporting events have been postponed or canceled.