‘Mr. Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the longest-serving wicket-keeper and the most successful captain for the Indian Cricket Team turned 38 on Sunday. Known for being lightning fast behind the stumps, helicopter shots, and most importantly his cricketing wits and smarts make him one of the biggest icons the game of cricket has seen.
Dhoni has won all cricketing accolades including captaining India to triumph at the 2011 ODI World Cup, 2007 T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy. No other captain has achieved this feat.
'Mahi' as he is amicably known made his debut in 2004 against Bangladesh. He was handed over the captaincy in 2007 and in his very first assignment he led the Men in Blue to lifting the 2007 T20 World Cup. There was no looking back after that, Dhoni became an unstoppable force. MS Dhoni-led India in 200 ODIs, of which India won 110 matches. At home, he captained the team to 43 wins out of 73 matches. Till now, MS Dhoni has represented India in 90 Tests, 348 ODIs and 98 T20Is and has scored more than 10,000 ODI runs, and near about 5,000 runs in Test cricket. He also has a record of affecting most stumpings (123).
On his birthday, cricketers took to social media as wishes galored.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) posted a nostalgic post of how Dhoni has matured through World Cups.
Chennai Super Kings, the IPL franchise Dhoni captains, wished their 'most special' Thala (boss).
Rishabh Pant called Dhoni his mentor, brother, and friend and posted this quirky video.
Shikhar Dhawan was all praise about Dhoni's 'brand of cricket.'
Batsman Kedar Jadhav shared photos with the Dhoni family while extending his wishes to the former skipper.
Ishant Sharma thanked MS for his mentorship and his friendship.
Former teammates also added to the wishes.
Young cricketers who have played under him and look up to him wished their idol.
CSK teammate and flamboyant Trinidadian, Dwayne Bravo wished his captain on Instagram.
Republic wishes Mahendra Singh Dhoni a very Happy Birthday!