MS Dhoni Birthday: “Om Helicopteraya Namaha”: Wishes pour in as MS Dhoni turns 41

Former India skipper MS Dhoni will celebrate his 41st birthday on Thursday. The wicketkeeper batter who made his debut in December 2004 went on to become the most successful Indian captain and he is the only one to have won all three ICC trophies. Under Dhoni, Team India won the T20 World Cup (2007), 50-over World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy. He has also led his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to victory four times.

When Dhoni turned 41, the tributes poured in on Twitter and former Indian batter Virender Sehwag led the tribute, saying no game was over until Dhoni was in the fold.

Fans will always remember Dhoni for finishing tight matches and how he won’t even break a sweat getting his side across the line. The wicketkeeper’s first international ton had come in 2005 when he defeated Pakistan in Visakhapatnam for a century. Dhoni had made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004 but did not have a good outing, as he scored just 19 points in the run of three games.

Dhoni, who entered international cricket with long hair, was seen as a young marauder and his comparisons to Australia were wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist almost immediate.

Dhoni went on to play 350 ODIs with the highest score of 183 against Sri Lanka. He also remains the only captain to have won all major ICC trophies and in his career he was dubbed ‘Captain Cool’. The wicketkeeper batter ended his international career in August 2020.

During his international and IPL playing days, Dhoni was always known for his composure and superb captaincy on the pitch. Over the years, he has cemented his place as one of the best wicketkeepers in the world.

In December 2014, he had announced his retirement from Tests. He called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, scoring 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09. Then, in 2017, he had handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli in the white ball formats.

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