Former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni turned 40 today. On his 40th birthday, we at Shiksha News are commemorating his birthday by revisiting the top 5 best moments of his career.
Born, in the small town of Ranchi in Jharkhand, Dhoni’s career saw him start off with putting on the goalkeeper’s gloves, work for the Indian Railways, make it into the Sourav Ganguly Indian cricket team squad, being passed the baton of captainship, and taking his team through to multiple glorious tournament victories. And he did all of that with a stoic composure in his eyes, and a disarming smile on his face.
Twitter Erupts with Netizens Wishing Dhoni a Happy Birthday
On his birthday, Twitter erupted with best wishes for Mahi on his birthday. Former cricketers, to current-in-form contemporaries, several crackers broke rank to wish captain cool their best.
And why must Dhoni be owed anything less. The Talismanic wicket-keeper batsman took his team to the greatest of heights and inculcated a new culture in the dressing room. While a phenomenal batsman and an equally brilliant wicket-keeper, what set Dhoni apart from most players was his ability to lead.
Throughout his career, cricket pundits lauded his ability to understand the game in an almost ingrained way. His choices, which at the moment sounded bizarre, helped his team to pull of upsets. From trusting Joginder Sharma in the last over of 2007 T20 World Cup final, to his uncanny ability to take DRS when he’s behind the wickets, Dhoni has done it all.
Here’s How His Peers Wished Him
A legend and an inspiration! 🙌 🙌
— BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2021
Dada taught us youngsters how to win and Dhoni made it into a habit. Two great leaders from different eras born just a day apart. Happy birthday to the men who shaped Indian cricket.@msdhoni @SGanguly99 pic.twitter.com/l8F7qaPlWr
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 6, 2021
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 7, 2021
Wishing a very happy birthday to a person for whom even the word cool isn't cool enough.
Always admired his cool and calm attitude…have a fabulous one @msdhoni! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/SS5H0D1T50
— DK (@DineshKarthik) July 7, 2021
It’s a feeling that will always ignite when your around me… salute to the legend. Happy birthday Mahi bhai ❤️🤗 pic.twitter.com/xebk2swwSH
— Yuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) July 7, 2021
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) July 6, 2021
Mahi Bhai wishing you a very Happy Birthday!! A great friend in a captain!🙌
— Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) July 6, 2021
Wishing you a very happy birthday @msdhoni You have been a friend, brother & a mentor to me, all one could ever ask for. May God bless you with good health & long life! Thank you for being an iconic player & a great leader.#HappyBirthdayDhoni ❤️🙌 pic.twitter.com/qeLExrMonJ
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) July 6, 2021
Mahendra – meaning Lord of the Sky.
Certainly pleased the skies with his big hitting when he bust onto the scene and then by earning the love of so many people on earth pleased the earth as well. Once in a generation player , #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/COuu9X2s6L
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 7, 2021
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 7, 2021
Revisiting Top 4 Moments of Dhoni’s Illustrious Career:
1) The 183-Run Knock Against Sri Lanka
In 2005, Dhoni registered a knock against Sri Lanka. Now, our readers may say that there are several knocks Dhoni made, so, what makes this one special? Well, the knock came at a time when MS Dhoni was trying to make his way into the team and cement his position. Prior to his series against Sri Lanka, Dhoni had an uneven streak of performances, and it was pertinent for him to play – and play well. And play well he did.
Chasing 299, India lost its hope Sachin way too early. It was the then captain Rahul Dravid that promoted him up and Dhoni didn’t disappoint. Firing away 10 sixes and 15 boundaries, Dhoni made 183 runs to be the man of the match. Interestingly, it was the first time Dhoni displayed his classic Helicopter Shot.
2) ICC 2007 T-20 World Cup
In 2007, India was kicked out of the ICC World Cup, that too, by a weaker opponent that came in the form of Bangladesh. Amid the poster burning riots and shouts of Indian cricket fans stumping the effigy of Indian cricket team, a savior emerged.
MS Dhoni was given the captain’s cap for the upcoming T-20 World Cup. And Dhoni rejuvenated the team to a point of no-return. The team defeated likes of England, Australia and South Africa to make its way to final. In the high-octane final, India defeated Pakistan in the very last over and bought the world cup home.
3) ICC World Cup 2011
“Dhoni finishes it off in style, a magnificent strike into the crowd, India lifts the World Cup after 28 years, the party starts in the dressing room, and it is an Indian captain who has been absolutely magnificent on the night of the finals.”
Who could forget Ravi Shashtri’s commentary while MS Dhoni twirled his bat in the final against Sri Lanka!
4) ICC Champion’s Trophy 2013
In 2013, Dhoni had different shoes to fill. Gone were the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Sehwag. Dhoni welcomed the likes of Jadeja, Dhawan, and Kohli and made them match winners. The team defeated the likes of South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan to meet England in the final.
The rain took away the 30 overs of the game and the match was reduced to 20 overs. In its share of 20 overs, India only managed to score 129. But with Dhoni’s understanding of game, and a fire spewing Ishant Sharma on the run-up, India took the match away from England and won by 5 runs.