Mahendra Singh Dhoni: 'Captain cool' turns 37

By Agency Published on Jul 07, 2018 04:47 PM IST

Mumbai: Former India captain MS Dhoni turned 37 on Saturday. And wishes poured in for MSD from all over.

Suresh Raina posted a picture with MS Dhoni wishing him "Happy Birthday". He tweeted, "Happy birthday to the legend @msdhoni. There can be nobody like you."

Virender Sehwag also posted a birthday wish for MS Dhoni. He wrote, "#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni . May your life be longer and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha !"

Dhoni, who debuted in 2004 for India, completed another milestone on the eve of his 37th birthday. The 2nd T20I match against England in Cardiff was his 500th international match.

Dhoni made his debut for India back in 2004 in an ODI against Bangladesh and has played 318 matches since then. The right-hand batsman has accumulated 9967 runs in the ODIs so far. Known for his swift glovework as well, he has taken 297 catches and has been involved in 107 stumpings. While Dhoni is still a part of the limited overs side, he retired from the longest format in 2014.

Dhoni was capped in 90 Tests for India since making his debut against Sri Lanka in 2005 where he struck 4867 runs at an average of 38.09. During this time he took 256 catches and was involved in 38 stumpings. He has been a consistent performer for India in the T20Is as well. Dhoni began his T20I career in 2006 against South Africa. He has played 91 T20Is scoring 1455 runs.

MS has been the only captain in the history of cricket who has won three ICC trophies. India first lifted the inaugural World T20 in 2007 under his captaincy and then won the ICC World Cup 2011. India followed the 2011 World Cup win with a victorious triumph in 2013 Champions Trophy. Dhoni stepped down as limited-overs captain in January 2017.

Washington Sundar wrote a fitting birthday message for MS Dhoni which captures what the former skipper is all about and more.

In the Instagram message he wrote, "Dear Mahi Bhai, I have always believed that people are placed in life for a reason, and sometimes you don’t expect someone to have an impact on your life until they do. You have been through so much, but continue to push past any obstacle that falls into your path. You keep calm so well, and it’s like a super power of yours. You inspire me everyday to want to be a better & tough person to face my own challenges. But most of all, I want to thank you for being the best role model we all could look up to. Once a fanboy, always a fan boy!"