MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Sanjay Manjrekar, Dinesh Karthik
MS Dhoni. Credit: Getty Images

One of the greatest cricketers to have played the game of cricket, MS Dhoni was born on July 7 in 1981 in Ranchi. Coming from Jharkhand, Dhoni has taken himself to the pinnacle of success through homemade batting and wicket-keeping skills.

Dhoni celebrates his 38th birthday today

Under his captaincy, India have won the top prize in all formats: the No.1 Test ranking for 18 months starting December 2009, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 on his captaincy debut in 2007. From being a ticket-collector in Jharkhand to be the best in the cricketing world, the story is no short of a fairytale.

BCCI handed MS Dhoni the captaincy in 2007 with a young bunch of cricketers for the inaugural ICC World T20. He showed the world his brilliance to come home with the trophy beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the finals. Since then, he has scripted a very different style of captainship, which only suits him. His understanding of match situations and cricketers psychology is parallel to all the other leaders the game of cricket have ever witnessed. He has led India in 200 ODIs, of which India won 110 matches. At home, he captained the team to 43 wins out of 73 games.

MS Dhoni, India National Cricket Team, ICC World Cup 2019, Kapil Dev
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Playing 349 ODIs, 98 T20Is, and 90 Test matches, MS Dhoni has accumulated more than 17000 runs, the most by any Indian wicket-keeper batsman. Besides, Dhoni holds the record of most number of stumpings in international cricket – he has affected 123 stumpings.

However, India’s brightest star has had a tough ride in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. He has failed to score quick runs and has been at the heart of the critics. With MS Dhoni playing his last World Cup, the greatest finisher will look to finish his World Cup career in style giving India their third World Cup trophy on July 14.

Since the clock ticked 12, wishes started flooding in from all spheres of the globe. But the wishes from MS Dhoni’s teammates and colleagues who stood out among all. There were a lot of emotions and memories as they wished their favourite and humblest teammate on his 38th birthday.

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Ankush Das

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