‘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. Apart from these achievements, Mahi had also taken India to the top spot in ICC Test rankings in 2009 and had also captained them to two Asia Cup triumphs in 2010 and 2016 respectively.
A cake cutting celebration was also organised for MSD which saw the presence of his team-mates and support staff. The veteran wicket-keeper batsman cut a piece of cake as his daughter Ziva and better half Sakshi took a bite each. However, there was a standout moment that happened during the celebration and it included Ravindra Jadeja. While Dhoni's team-mates Kedar Jadhav, Yuzvendra Chahal, skipper Virat Kohli and others came forward to have a piece of cake and also some fun, Jadeja was seen doing sit-ups by holding Dhoni's munchkin Ziva.
The video of this priceless moment was posted by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on their official Twitter handle. Watch the video here.
MSD 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).
Meanwhile, India finished their group stage at the summit of the points table after their seven-wicket victory over Sri Lanka with seven wins from their nine games and 15 points in their tally. They consolidated the top spot after South Africa defeated the reigning World Champions Australia by 10 runs.
The Men In Blue will now face New Zealand in the semi-final at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.