India’s most decorated skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned 36 on Friday (July 7). The only captain to have won all the global ICC trophies till date, the wicketkeeper-batsman made his debut as a 23-year old in December 2004 against Bangladesh. He was run-out for a duck in his debut match but soon proved his worth by slamming 148 against Pakistan in only his 5th ODI.

There was no looking back since then and he was given the charge of the team during the inaugural World T20 when the senior players skipped the tournament. But defying all the odds, the wonder boy from Ranchi led the youngsters to the title and withing a year of that victory, he became the skipper of the team in all the three formats. The decision proved to be a masterstroke, as Dhoni reached unprecedented heights as the skipper of the team.

After leading India to the historic tri-series win in Australia, he steered the team to the top of Test rankings for the first time in 2009. Two years later, the finest moment of his career came when his unbeaten knock of 91 runs ended India’s long wait for the second World Cup.

Dhoni completed the treble of ICC trophies a couple of years later when he led the Men in Blue to the Champions Trophy title in England. Tributes have been pouring in from all the quarters for Dhoni on his special day and his successor Virat Kohli has also joined the bandwagon.

Wishing Dhoni on his birthday, Kohli tweeted:

Happy B’day Mahi bhai wish you lots of happiness and peace and success going ahead. God bless @msdhoni. 😇

In another tweet, the 28-year old posted the photo of the birthday celebration with Dhoni’s face covered with the cake.

 

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