Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former Indian captain, is 42 today, and he continues to astound fans with his timeless charm and unwavering enthusiasm for the game. However, as seen by his performance during the IPL 2023 season, the Chennai Super Kings skipper still has a lot to offer on the cricket field. Dhoni’s influence on Indian cricket and the sport, in general, cannot be overstated.
He is well-known for his intelligent leadership, incredible finishing ability, and cool composure under pressure. The Jharkhand wicketkeeper, who began his career as a long-haired, dashing batter, swiftly became one of cricket’s most recognizable characters due to the amount of success he gained on the field. Indian cricket fans are celebrating the birthday of one of the sport’s most successful captains, MS Dhoni. On the occasion of the former Indian captain’s 42nd birthday, fans have been using social media hashtags to share photographs and videos of him.
Fans celebrating Thala’s birthday everywhere
On Dhoni’s birthday, special birthday greetings have been flooding in from the cricket fraternity. Former cricketers and analysts have also supported the talismanic batsman, who recently guided Chennai Super Kings to a record-tying fifth Indian Premier League (IPL) victory. A fan was seen gifting the man with the artwork. Dhoni also looked at the wonderful artwork and humbly posed for photos with the fans.
On the auspicious day of his birthday, images surfaced showing gigantic cut-outs of Dhoni in Hyderabad and Nandigama, Andhra Pradesh. The cut-out in Hyderabad is claimed to be 52 feet tall, while the one in Nandigama is 77 feet tall. The former shows Dhoni in his India shirt, the latter shows him in CSK’s training gear. In Nandigama, there was also a video of milk being poured over the cutout.
Indian wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant chose to cut a cake for his idol on the momentous occasion of Dhoni’s birthday. On his Instagram account, he posted a few images from the cake-cutting event. Dhoni is recognised as one of the finest finishers in limited-overs cricket history. He played 90 Test matches until retiring in 2014, he has amassed 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 fifties at an average of 38.09. His 294 dismissals in Test cricket are the most by an Indian wicketkeeper and the fifth-most overall, after only Mark Boucher, Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy, and Rodney Marsh.