New Delhi: Former Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates his 40th birthday on Wednesday (July 7) as wishes started to pour in from all around the globe.
Former Indian cricketer Suresh Raina, who had announced his retirement from international cricket on the same day as MS Dhoni did, took to Twitter and shared a photo montage of the duo.
“Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni You have been a friend, brother and a mentor to me, all one could ever ask for. May God bless you with good health and long life! Thank you for being an iconic player and a great leader.#HappyBirthdayDhoni,” he wrote.
Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni You have been a friend, brother & a mentor to me, all one could ever ask for. May God bless you with good health & long life! Thank you for being an iconic player & a great leader.#HappyBirthdayDhoni ❤️🙌 pic.twitter.com/qeLExrMonJ
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 6, 2021
The former India skipper who is probably one of the greatest captains to grace the cricket field has won it all in his time: From the T20I World Cup in 2007 and the 2013 Champions Trophy to the 2011 ODI World Cup on home soil.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also wished ‘Captain Cool’ on his birthday and said, “A legend and an inspiration! Here’s wishing former #TeamIndia captain @msdhoni a very happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDhoni.”
A legend and an inspiration! 🙌 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2021
Star Indian allrounder Hardik Pandya, pacers Ishant Sharma and Mohammad Kaif also wished ‘Mahi’ on this special day today.
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 6, 2021
Mahi Bhai wishing you a very Happy Birthday!! A great friend in a captain!🙌
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 6, 2021
“Dada taught us, youngsters, how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit. Two great leaders from different eras born just a day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket. @msdhoni @SGanguly99,” tweeted Kaif.
Dada taught us youngsters how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit. Two great leaders from different eras born just a day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket.@msdhoni @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2021
MS Dhoni made his Team India debut against Bangladesh in 2004 and since then went on to play 538 times across formats during his 16-year-long career for the national side.
To put his numbers into consideration, MSD played 350 One-Day Internationals, 90 Tests, and 98 Twenty20 Internationals for India. However, Mahi’s last international cap came in July 2019, when India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final.
Later in August 15, 2020, Dhoni officially announced his retirement from all three format of international cricket, bringing an end to his long and illustrious career.
During his time with the national team, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs in Tests at an average of 38.09 and slammed 10,773 runs in ODIs at an average of 50.57.
When it comes to T20Is, the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman scored 1617 runs at a strike rate of 126.13.