Sports: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 39 on Tuesday. Dhoni is one of the most successful captains to have played for India and led the Men in Blue to numerous title triumphs under his captaincy. Dhoni is the only captain to have many feathers to his hat including all three Major ICC trophies: 2007 T20I World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
The former captain has been away from the cricket field for nearly a year now, and yet conversations about his return, or future retirement have never died out. Dhoni had quit Test captaincy in 2014 and stepped down as the captain in limited-overs formats in 2017 to pass on the baton to Virat Kohli.
Wishes for the ‘Captain cool’ poured in from all over sport fraternity.
Ravi Shastri, the current coach of Indian Cricket Team wished the legend in a unique way, Calling him ‘youngster’
Ashwin tweeted “Inspiration to his Army and Decimation to the Army beyond the Enemy lines”.
Kedar Jadav poured his emotions by writing a letter for his ‘Mahi Bhai’
Hardik Pandya tweeted “Happy birthday to my Bittu from your Chittu. My friend who has taught me to be a better human being and stood by me in bad times”
“Once in a generation, a player comes and a nation connects with him, think of him as a member of their family, kuch bahut apna sa lagta hai. Happy Birthday to a man who is the world ( Dhoni-ya ) for his many admirers. #HappyBirthdayDhoni“, tweeted Virender Sehwag
“Here’s wishing a very Happy Birthday to one of my favorite human, brother & a leader I could ever ask for!”, said Suresh Raina
Dhoni has played 90 Tests in which he amassed 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09. He has also played 350 ODIs in which he has scored 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57. Dhoni, formerly known as ‘captain cool’ during his captaincy days, has also played 98 T20Is for India in which he has scored 1,617 runs at an average of 37.60.