There is no doubt about the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the greatest ever skippers. The success which he has achieved as an Indian skipper especially in the shorter formats of the game is simply beyond imaginations. He still remains the only skipper to lead his nation to victories in all 3 major ICC trophies.

A player like Dhoni comes once in a lifetime and his contributions will always be etched in golden letters several years since his retirement. Dhoni turned 36 today and it was former Indian batsman Virender Sehwag who wished him in his own unique style for which he is very famous. “# HappyBirthdayMSDhoni. May your life be longer than this stretch and may you find happiness in everything, faster than your stumpings. Om Finishaya Namaha!” he wrote on his twitter handle.

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Dhoni currently playing in England 

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni scored 52 off 28 balls (Photo credit should read CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

Dhoni is currently in England playing in the 3 matches T20I series for India. He played a good knock of 32  of 24 runs in the 2nd T20I. However, India lost the close-knit affair by 5 wickets. Despite scoring a mediocre 148 in their allotted 20 overs, the Men in Blue gave a valiant effort and stretched the match till the last over. With 12 runs needed off the final over, Alex Hales smashed a huge six of Bhuvneshwar Kumar to almost seal the match for England. He sealed it with a brilliant four in the end.

Dhoni had a tremendous season with the bat in the Indian Premier League. He scored more than 400 runs and looked the Old Vintage Dhoni. Maybe all his facial hairs may have grown grey but his cricket brain and fitness are still on par with a 25-year-old. A youngster might be embarrassed to see his running between the wickets.

Dhoni will be one of the most important players for India in the 2019 World Cup. Even at the age of  36, he is one of most agile players around. He still packs a punch and will be a force to reckon with in the next World Cup. Dhoni looked his old self in the IPL and the whole country will be hopeful of the fact that he replicates in the Quadrennial event next year.

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MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: BCCI)