Celebrating his 37th birthday, former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was of his ‘age’ through a song by none other than his adorable little daughter Ziva. “Happy birthday papa, you are getting older,” sang Ziva to his father who continues to inspire his teammates and millions of fans. Also Read - MS Dhoni Was Aggressive And Safe, Virat Kohli Learning Quickly: Ex-BCCI Selector Gagan Khoda
In a video posted by the official Twitter handle of the BCCI, everyone from Virat Kohli to Ziva and wife Sakshi sent their wishes to the former India World Cup-winning skipper. Also Read - IPL 2020: MS Dhoni-Led CSK Definitely Favourites in UAE, Feels Brett Lee
The 37-year old celebrated his birthday amidst India’s defeat to England in the second T20 International which wasn’t the ideal setting for a man who is often credited with redefining limited overs cricket. His teammates – past and present – joined in the party as wishes poured in from across the cricket world.
After the match was over, ‘Captain Cool’ celebrated the occasion with his wife and daughter and was joined by his India teammates as he cut the cake. Also present was Bollywood actor and Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma.
“At this age you are as fit as ever, as fast as ever, it’s great to see you enjoying, smiling and wish you all the best. It’s an honour for me to be playing with you still. We started under you, we know the respect we share. Best wishes and my positive energy towards you always,” current captain Kohli said.
On the eve of his birthday, when Dhoni came out to bat in the in Cardiff, he became the third Indian cricketer to play 500 international matches.
“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,” Sachin Tendulkar wrote on his twitter handle.
Posting a picture of Dhoni at full stretch trying to avoid a stumping, former opener Virender Sehwag tweeted: “#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni . May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha !” Suresh Raina wrote that India was blessed on this day when ‘a legend’ like Dhoni was born.
Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman also wished the cricketer, saying, “Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni .May you continue to entertain ,inspire and provide joy. #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni” Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains in the world cricket, guiding the Indian team to the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup, the 2011 ICC World Cup, the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy triumphs among other achievements.
(With Agency Inputs)