MS Dhoni, the former captain of India, turned 40 on Wednesday and wishes began pouring in from across the country on social media. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to Twitter to wish the former captain, calling him a “legend and inspiration”. “Legend and inspiration! Here I wish former #India captain msdhoni a very happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDhoni,” BCCI tweeted. Suresh Raina, ex-founder of India, is multi-skilled He announced his retirement from international cricket on the same day as Dhoni did, tweeted a photo montage of the duo.
Legend and inspiration!
– BCCI (BCCI) 6 July 2021
I wish you a very happy birthday Tweet embed You have been a friend, brother and mentor to me, everything anyone could ask for. May God bless you with good health and long life! Thank you for being such a creative player and a great leader.#Happy Birthday Donnie pic.twitter.com/qeLExrMonJ
Suresh Raina? (@ImRaina) 6 July 2021
Indian cricketer Ishant Sharma, who played most of his international cricket under Dhoni, also wished Dhoni by posting a photo with the former captain.
Mahi Bhai wishes you a very happy birthday!! A great friend in Captain!
– Ishant Sharma (@imIshant) 6 July 2021
Former Indian batsman Muhammed Kaif said while Sourav Ganguly was teaching the youngsters how to win, Dhoni had made it a habit.
Dada taught us young people how to win and make it a dhoni habit. Two great leaders from different eras were born only one day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket.Tweet embed Tweet embed pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) 6 July 2021
– Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya7) 6 July 2021
There’s a reason they call it Captain Cole
– ICC (ICC) 7 July 2021
Dhoni, who made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2004, played 538 matches in various formats during his 16-year career.
Dhoni has played 350 One Day Internationals, 90 Tests and 98 Twenty20 Internationals for India. His last appearance in an international match was in July 2019, when India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-finals.
On August 15, 2020, Doni took to Instagram to announce his retirement From international cricket. “Thank you so much for your love and support all the time. As of 1929 hours consider me retired,” Dhoni posted a video on Instagram featuring excerpts from his career.
Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of the game and the only captain to have won the three major ICC Cups – the T20 World Cup (2007), the Over-50 World Cup (2011) and the Champions Cup (2013).
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