Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is celebrating his 41st birthday on Thursday. The Chennai Super Kings captain continues to be one of the most revered cricketers across the globe despite his retirement from international cricket.
Dhoni was found watching the Wimbledon 2022 in London where he will celebrate his 41st birthday alongside his family.
It was Dhoni's cool and composed nature that made him an icon with India’s youth. A small town boy from Ranchi went on to become one of the best captains and wicketkeepers in the world.
The ‘Captain Cool’ with the Midas Touch has had an eventful career. After making his debut in 2004, Dhoni represented India in 350 ODIs with the individual highest score of 183 against Sri Lanka.
Under Dhoni's stewardship, India clinched the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy titles. He is the only skipper in the world to have successfully led his team in winning all the three major ICC tournaments.
After retiring from international cricket in 2020, Dhoni was last seen in action for CSK in the last edition of Indian Premier League earlier this year.
On social media, many former and current cricketers led the birthday wishes for 'Captain Cool'.
"An idol & an inspiration. Here's wishing @msdhoni -- former #TeamIndia Captain & one of the finest to have ever graced the game - a very happy birthday," tweeted the BCCI.
"And the clock strikes 12! The party begins at Anbuden! Super Birthday to you, Thala," tweeted the Chennai Super Kings.
"Happy Birthday to my big brother. Thank you for being my biggest supporter and mentor in every phase of life, may God bless you and your family with good health always. Much love to you Mahi bhai. Wishing you a great year ahead! @msdhoni #HappyBirthdayDhoni," tweeted former India cricketer Suresh Raina.
"Still remember this day very fondly, thank you for everything Mahi bhai!! Best wishes to you on your birthday, have a great year ahead @msdhoni," tweeted pacer Ishant Sharma with a picture of him speaking to Dhoni on the sidelines of the Ranchi Test against South Africa in 2018.
"Till the time full stop doesn't come, a sentence isn't completed. Till the time Dhoni is at the crease, the match isn't completed. Not all teams have the fortune to have a person like Dhoni, Happy B'day to a gem of a person & player, MS Dhoni. Om Helicopteraya Namaha #HappyBirthdayDhoni," tweeted former India opener Virender Sehwag.
"Happy birthday, @msdhoni Wish you the very best for the coming year! Keep shining always," tweeted India batter Cheteshwar Pujara
"Dada taught us, youngsters, how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit. Two great leaders from different eras were born just a day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket. @msdhoni @SGanguly99," tweeted former India cricketer Mohammed Kaif.
"The OG. The Supreme. The ever-helping kind soul. Wishing Mahi bhai a birthday as awesome as his own self. Thank you for always motivating and inspiring Mahi Bhai !!! @msdhoni," tweeted pacer Siddarth Kaul
"To one of the all times great entertainer & finisher, an inspiration and role model. I wish you a happy birthday sir @msdhoni. And sir You are still young & fit enough to play cricket, so please keep entertaining us for at least a few more years," tweeted Pakistan pacer Shahnawaz Dahani.