Former Indian captain MS Dhoni turned 40 on Wednesday, and blessings began to flow from all over the country on social media. “Happy birthday, jump,” Indian captain Virat Koli wrote on social media and posted a photo of him with Dhoni in the 2011 World Cup final. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) blessed the former captain on Twitter, calling him “legend and inspiration”. “A legend and an inspiration! I wish the former captain of #TeamIndia @msdhoni a happy birthday. #HappyBirthdayDhoni,” BCCI tweeted. Former Indian player Suresh Reiner, who announced his retirement from international cricket matches on the same day as Duny, posted a photo montage of the two on Twitter.
India pacer Ishant Sharma, who played most of his international cricket under Dhoni, also wished Dhoni by posting an image with the former skipper.
Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif said while Sourav Ganguly taught youngsters how to win, Dhoni turned that into a habit
Dhoni, who made his international debut against Bangladesh in 2004, went on to play 538 matches across formats during his 16-year-long career.
Dhoni played 350 One-Day Internationals, 90 Tests and 98 Twenty20 Internationals for India. His last appearance in an international game came in July 2019, when India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup.
On August 15, 2020, Dhoni took to Instagram to announce his retirement from international cricket. “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” Dhoni posted a video on Instagram featuring snippets from his career.
Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of the game and the only skipper to have won all three major ICC trophies — T20 World Cup (2007), 50-over World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013).