MS Dhoni’s greetings pour in as “Captain Cool” turns 40
Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni turns 40 on Wednesday. Wishes are pouring in from all over the world for the former Indian captain who won the 2011 World Cup and 2007 T20 World Cup. The International Cricket Council (ICC) paid tribute to Dhoni with a video which shows a few of his best moments and performances as captain with the bat.
There’s a reason they call him Captain Cool
– ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2021
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) also released a video compilation of birthday wishes from teammates including Sam Curran, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir, Suresh Raina, Deepak Chahar and others.
– Chennai Super Kings – P😷du Mask P🥳du Whistle! (@ChennaiIPL) July 6, 2021
Dhoni made his international debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh. He then played 90 tests, 350 ODI and 98 T20I. Under Dhoni’s command, India also rose to the top of the test rankings and won the mass of tests. He also led CSK to win the title three times, only second behind the Mumbai Indians (MI) in the league.
I wish you a happy birthday @msdhoni You have been a friend, brother and mentor to me, whatever one can ask for. May God bless you with good health and long life! Thank you for being an iconic player and a great leader.#HappyBirthdayDhoni ❤️🙌 pic.twitter.com/qeLExrMonJ
– Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 6, 2021
– Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2021
Dada taught us young people how to win and Dhoni made it a habit. Two great leaders from different eras born one day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket.@msdhoni @ SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
– Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2021
It’s a feeling that will always ignite when you are around me … hi to the legend. Happy birthday Mahi bhai ❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/xebk2swwSH
– Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 7, 2021
Not only as a captain, but Dhoni has also proven to be India’s most successful wicket goalkeeper-beater and even reached the top spot in the ICC ODI rankings. He is the fifth all-time ODI top scorer in India with 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 including 10 centuries and 73 half centuries.
– hardik pandya (@ hardikpandya7) July 6, 2021
– Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) July 7, 2021
– Shreyas Iyer (@ ShreyasIyer15) July 7, 2021
A legend and an inspiration! 🙌
– BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2021
Dhoni played their last international match in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals against New Zealand, where Martin Guptill’s direct hit ended India’s hopes of reaching the final. According to reports, he was hoping to play the T20 World Cup before it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 40-year-old announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, with a touching Instagram post recalling his international career. Dhoni will be seen in action again as IPL 2021 action resumes in September.