Team India’s most celebrated former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 39 years old on Tuesday. Wishes from co-players and fans from all over the world have been pouring in for him on all social media platforms.
Dhoni made his international debut for India during a One-Day International (ODI) match against Bangladesh in December 2004. He made his Test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in Chennai.
Dhoni received his maiden cap in the shortest format of the game against New Zealand in Manchester on July 9.
In 2007, he was appointed as the captain of the national team across all the three formats of the game and he went on to become one of the most successful captains of India. He stepped down from the post in 2017 in order to focus on his performance as a player.
Under his captaincy, Dhoni had led India in a total of 199 matches in the 50-over format, guiding the side to 110 wins and 74 defeats.
Dhoni, who ended India’s long drought of a genuine wicket-keeper batsman, holds the record of most number of stumpings in international cricket – he has affected 123 stumpings.
Birthday wishes for the ‘Captain Cool’ are pouring in from all quarters, especially from the cricketing fraternity. His teammates also have been sending him birthday wishes.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wished Dhoni on his birthday by tweeting a 70-second video which is a compilation of some of his monstrous sixes. “Let’s celebrate Dhoni’s birthday by revisiting some of his monstrous sixes!,” tweeted BCCI.
The BCCI also took to Instagram to celebrate Dhoni’s 39th birthday and remembered the glorious achievements of the wicketkeeper-batsman.