On Wednesday, former India captain MS Dhoni turned 40, and well wishes began to flood in from around the nation on social media. Virat Kohli, India’s captain, tweeted on social media, “Happy birthday skip,” beside a photo of himself and Dhoni from the 2011 World Cup final. MS Dhoni’s Birthday.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) wished the former captain well on Twitter, describing him as a “legend and an inspiration.” “A legend and a role model! Here’s wishing @msdhoni, the former captain of #TeamIndia, a very happy birthday. Dhoni, #MS Dhoni’s Birthday “BCCI sent out a tweet.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2021
Suresh Raina, the former all-rounder who retired from international cricket on the same day as Dhoni, posted a picture of both.
Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni You have been a friend, brother & a mentor to me, all one could ever ask for. May God bless you with good health & long life! Thank you for being an iconic player & a great leader.#HappyBirthdayDhoni ❤️🙌 pic.twitter.com/qeLExrMonJ
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 6, 2021
“There’s a reason they call him Captain Cool”, ICC tweets
There’s a reason they call him Captain Cool 😎
— ICC (@ICC) July 7, 2021
Ishant Sharma, an India pacer who performed most of his international cricket under Dhoni, too wished him well by sharing a photo with him.
Mahi Bhai wishing you a very Happy Birthday!! A great friend in a captain!🙌
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 6, 2021
“Dada taught us youngsters how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit”, tweet by Mohammad Kaif
Dada taught us youngsters how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit. Two great leaders from different eras born just a day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket.@msdhoni @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2021
“To my forever love and my greatest friend”, Hardik Pandya
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 6, 2021
“It’s a feeling that will always ignite when you’re around me… salute to the legend”, Yuzvendra Chahal
It’s a feeling that will always ignite when your around me… salute to the legend. Happy birthday Mahi bhai ❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/xebk2swwSH
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 7, 2021
“One of the greatest, an inspiration to many. Have a good one mahi bhai”, Umesh Yaadav
— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) July 7, 2021
— Shreyas Iyer (@ShreyasIyer15) July 7, 2021
During his 16-year career, Dhoni made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2004 and went on to play 538 matches across all forms. Dhoni represented India in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests, and 98 T20Is. In July 2019, he last played in an international match when India lost to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final.
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Instagram on August 15, 2020. “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout, from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” Dhoni posted a video, including bits of information from his professional career.
Dhoni is one of cricket’s most successful captains, having won the T20 World Cup (2007), the 50-over World Cup (2011), and the Champions Trophy (2013).