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Dhoni Turns 37, celebrates birthday with family and teammates

New Delhi: MS Dhoni turned 37 on Saturday and wishes have poured in from all corners for the former India skipper. Often hailed as India’s best limited-overs player, Dhoni celebrated his birthday alongside his family and teammates.

Dhoni’s wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva were also with him during the celebration, despite India losing the 2nd T20I against England in Cardiff on Friday. England levelled the series 1-1 after beating India by 5-wickets with Alex Hales’ fifty proving the difference.

Even Virat Kohli’s wife and actress Anushka Sharma was also spotted during the birthday celebrations along with the Indian skipper.

“Walking out of your 500th international match & gracefully walking into the blessed day of India, when a legend like you was born!  Wish you a very Happy Birthday brother @msdhoni ?? You have been my inspiration & will always be! I cherish all our good times! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni,” Suresh Raina tweeted.

Later, Raina also posted a picture with Dhoni wishing him ‘Happy Birthday’. He tweeted, “Happy birthday to the legend @msdhoni. There can be nobody like you.”

Jasprit Bumrah also posted a birthday wish for MS Dhoni. He wrote, “Happy Birthday Mahi Bhai! May your birthday be as wonderful as you are! Have a great one! @msdhoni”

On the eve of his 37th birthday, when Dhoni came out to bat in the second T20I against England in Cardiff, he became the third Indian cricketer to play 500 international matches. The two other Indian players to have achieved the feat are Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid with 664 games and 509 matches respectively.

Dhoni is also the only captain in the history of cricket to win three ICC trophies. India first lifted the inaugural World T20 in 2007 under his captaincy and then won the ICC World Cup 2011.

MS Dhoni leads the list for India, having played 91 of the 101 games that the Men in Blue have played in the shortest format. He made his T20I debut in India’s first ever Twenty20 game, against South Africa back in 2006.

Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

By Siddharth Raghvendra Raghuvanshi

Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat