MS Dhoni is a true legend of the Indian cricket team. His exploits on the field, be it his lightning-quick stumpings, effective keeping, death overs prowess with the bat and his captaincy skills make him one of the most unique cricketers in the modern era. Dhoni has achieved success in everything, be it World T20, Champions Trophy or World Cup success. As captain, he helped India reach the number one ranking in Tests and he also played an instrumental part in successes all over the globe across all formats. Ever since Virat Kohli took over as captain, Dhoni has been the mentor figure as he guides India towards glory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
In the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni has played a pivotal role in all departments as India dominated the league stages to top the group and reach the semi-final, where they will play New Zealand. Before the last four clash against New Zealand on July 9, there was a massive celebration in the Indian cricket team on the occasion of MS Dhoni’s birthday. Dhoni turns 38 on July 7 and he will be aiming to give India glory in what could be his final ICC event.
Twitter and Instagram followers had a field day with many users wishing the former Indian captain Happy Birthday. Sakshi Dhoni, his wife, put out some photos on her official Instagram handle where the celebrations were shown. Current and former players, including Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, VVS Laxman, Mohammad Kaif and Shikhar Dhawan wished Dhoni a very happy birthday.
Happy birthday mahi bhai @msdhoni. Very few people understand the meaning of trust and respect and I'm glad to have had the friendship I have with you for so many years. You've been a big brother to all of us and as I said before, you will always be my captain 🙂 pic.twitter.com/Wxsf5fvH2m— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2019
One Moon. One Sun. One MS. Super Birthday to the Most Special! The Most Special, now and always! Now and always, enga #Thala Dhoni'ku periya whistle adinga! #WhistlePodu #Yellove 🦁💛 pic.twitter.com/pDuF9qnhBO— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) July 6, 2019
First played together in Bangladesh in 2004 & shortly saw him announce his arrival against Pak at Vizag when he scored 148, hasn’t looked back since and the legend of MS Dhoni has only grown by the year. Wishing a once in a lifetime player and captain , #HappyBirthdayDhoni pic.twitter.com/nlPGj1Xord— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 7, 2019
Dhoni is nicknamed Thala, which means supreme head in Tamil and his fan following continues to grow with every passing day. Currently, he is the skipper of the Chennai Super Kings franchise, the three-time IPL champions and in every edition of the IPL, his cult and popularity has only increased.
With India only two wins away from winning the World Cup, India would be hoping that Dhoni repeats his 2011 heroics where his six sealed the game in the final against Sri Lanka and gave India glory after 28 years. Indian cricket fans would be hoping he repeats the feat on July 14 in Lord’s. Here is wishing Dhoni a very happy birthday. Rock on, Thala!