Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday turned 37 and warm birthday wishes poured in for him not just from the cricket fraternity but also from the fans all around the world. Also Read - MS Dhoni Speaks About Retirement Plans to Sanjay Manjrekar: 'As Long as I'm Beating The Fastest Sprinter in Team, I Consider Myself Fit For International Cricket'
Dhoni, who made his international debut in 2004 in an ODI against Bangladesh, has so far played 500 international matches for India becoming only the third Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to do so. Also Read - Ram Mandir Bhoomi Pujan: Gautam Gambhir to Virender Sehwag, How Cricket Fraternity Hailed PM Narendra Modi's Ayodhya Visit
Playing his 500th international match, the veteran warhorse etched another record against his name as he becomes the first player in the world to play a maximum number of T20 international matches without being adjudged LBW. Also Read - Rohit Sharma Responds to Comparisons With MS Dhoni, Calls Former India Captain One of a Kind Cricketer
However, Team India were unable to give a victory gift to Dhoni as they lost the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series against England at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. Dhoni contributed 32 runs (24 balls) in India’s 148 which England chase down with five wickets in hand. Dhoni celebrated his birthday with his daughter Ziva, wife Sakshi and other teammates.
Tendulkar took to Twitter to wish the wicketkeeper-batsman and said: “Wish you a very happy birthday, msdhoni and congratulations on playing your 500th International match. May you continue to give joy and happiness to people around you and beyond.”
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag put on his thinking cap and wished Dhoni—one of finest captains the country has ever had—in his own witty style. “#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni. May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha !” Sehwag tweeted.
Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings teammate and close friend Suresh Raina wrote that India was blessed on this day when “a legend’ like Dhoni was born.
Former Indian batsman V V S Laxman also extended birthday wishes to the legendary Indian wicketkeeper-batsman, saying, “Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni .May you continue to entertain ,inspire and provide joy. #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni”
Left-arm pacer RP Singh listed out Dhoni’s achievements in his birthday wish, saying Dhoni was one of India’s greatest captains.
“2 World Cups, 1 Champions Trophy, 3 IPL Titles and the list just goes on. Happy Birthday to one of India’s greatest captains, @msdhoni! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni” he tweeted.
Some of the other wishes are:
Right-arm spinner Washington Sundar, who has been ruled out of the limited-over fixtures against England, wrote a perfect post for Dhoni.
Meanwhile, celebrity hairstylist Sapna Moti Bhavnani also posted a video on Instagram: “Sab gao saath saath!!!!
“Mahi…..Oh Mahi…..Mahiiiii Oh Mahi … Tum Jiyo Hazaaro Saal … Oh Mahi!!!”
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. And it was only under his leadership that the Men in Blue reached the top of the ICC Test Team Rankings for the very first time.
The 36-year-old retired from Test cricket in 2014. In a total of 90 matches, he amassed 4876 runs. In 2017, Dhoni quit as captain of the Indian cricket team in limited overs cricket as well. And Virat Kohli took over the leadership since then and has been leading the side in all the three formats of the game since then.