Captain Cool MS Dhoni turns 39 today; Wishes pour in

Legendary Cricketer and former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 39 today. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all three ICC trophies – ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.


Legendary Cricketer and former Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni turns 39 today. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all three ICC trophies – ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

Dhoni is credited as one of the most successful Indian captain as he not only brought home all 3 ICC trophies but he also drove India to become the World No.1 Test team for the first time in 2009, just a couple of years after he took over the team’s reigns in 2007.

The Government of India has awarded Dhoni the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), the Padma Shri (2009) and the Padma Bhushan (2018) for his contribution to sports. He was also named the ICC ODI Player of the year for two consecutive years (2008 and 2009).

Dhoni stepped down as the Test captain during India’s tour of Australia in 2014 and then gave up the T20 and ODI captaincy in January 2017. He has not officially declared retirement from the world of cricket but he has not been playing International Cricket since his last appearance in ICC Cricket World Cup, 2019.

As he turned 39 today, Wishes by his former and current teammates started pouring in on twitter. 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 with the Kedar Jadhav even penning a heartfelt letter for his "best friend, teammate and captain". The letter has attracted a huge response from their fans and is going viral on various social media websites.

“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," tweeted Virender Sehwag.

Calling Dhoni "Bittu", Hardik Pandya wished Dhoni, thanking him for "standing by me in bad times"."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 @msdhoni," Pandya tweeted.