MS Dhoni Birthday: Wishes Pour In For Former Indian Captain

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New Delhi: MS Dhoni, under the leadership of whom, India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and 2011 ODI World as well as the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy, today turned 39.

Brithday wishes are pouring in for the ‘Captain Cool’ from all quarters, especially from the cricketing fraternity. Fans too flooded social media and wished India’s 2011 World Cup-winning skipper.

Some of his former and current teammates took to Twitter to post their birthday greetings for the former India captain.

The likes of Virender Sehwag and Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav and VVS Laxman were among the first to share their birthday wishes.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies.

Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective “finisher” in limited-overs formats.

He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket.

He made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2018.

He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.

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