On Wednesday, the former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni is celebrating his 48th birthday, and wishes started pouring in from all parts of the country on social media. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to wish the former skipper, calling him a “legend and an inspiration”.
In their tweet, BCCI wrote: “A legend and an inspiration! Here’s wishing former #TeamIndia captain @msdhoni a very happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDhoni.” Former India all-rounder Suresh Raina, who announced his retirement from international cricket on the same day as Dhoni did, tweeted a photo montage of the duo.
A legend and an inspiration! 🙌 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2021
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 veteran Indian fast bowler, Ishant Sharma, who played most of his international cricket under Dhoni, also wished Dhoni by posting an image with the former skipper. On the other hand, the Indian skipper, Virat Kohli still considers MS Dhoni his captain as he captioned his post on Instagram as: “Happy birthday skip 💙🇮🇳 @mahi7781”.
Former Indian cricketer, Mohammad Kaif said while Sourav Ganguly taught youngsters how to win, Dhoni turned that into a habit.
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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 pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2021
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 6, 2021
There’s a reason they call him Captain Cool 😎
— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2021
It’s a feeling that will always ignite when your around me… salute to the legend. Happy birthday Mahi bhai ❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/xebk2swwSH
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 7, 2021
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) July 7, 2021
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) July 7, 2021
Dhoni, who made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2004, went on to play as many as 538 matches across formats for the Indian team during his 16-year-long career. MS Dhoni played 350 ODIs, 90 Tests, and 98 T20Is for India. His last appearance in an international game came in July 2019, when India suffered a loss against New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup.
On August 15, 2020, MS Dhoni took to Instagram to announce his retirement from international cricket. Captioning the video featuring the snippets from his career, he wrote: “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
MS Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of the game and the only skipper to have won all three major ICC trophies — T20 World Cup (2007), 50-over World Cup (2011), and Champions Trophy (2013).