MS Dhoni is celebrating his 36th birthday today. Played whole through his life with having number 7 on his back, lead the Indian National Cricket team for the first time and won the T20 world cup in the year 2007 and was born on 07.07.1981 and as the clock turned 12:00 am today the former Indian captain turned 36. MS Dhoni, a boy from a small town had bigger dreams in his eyes. The youngster who after being selected into playing XI of national cricket team failed to score runs in some of the initial matches of his career became a common name in every drawing room of the country with only one match. Just some years down
MS Dhoni, a boy from a small town had bigger dreams in his to become an Indian cricketer to getting stuck at Kharagpur Railway Station by being a Travelling Ticket Collector(TTE) to become one of the most successful captains the game has ever seen. The youngster who got out for a golden duck after being selected into the playing XI of the national cricket team became a common name in every drawing room of the country with only one match. Just some years down the line he was named as the captain of the young side for World T20 world cup and that was the starting of the best era of Indian Cricket. Some outstanding bowling performances, some explosive innings from the batsman, six sixes of Yuvraj Singh, some outstanding catches and above all some prodigious, quizzical, unhackneyed, picturesque, decisions from MS Dhoni won the first ever organized ICC T20 World Cup for India.
That marked the beginning of a new era, a Dhoni era. From there Indian Cricket reached new heights with every passing day. A year World T20 triumph, India defeated Australia on their soil in a Triangular series for the first. After his appointment as a captain of all three format after Anil Kumble hanged his boots, India became number one test side in the world for the first time in 2009, not only reached the top but sustained the ranking for more than two years, India defeated New Zealand in Tests and ODIs for the first time in a single Tour. but the biggest moment of Dhoni’s life and every sportsman’s life was yet to come. A thing for which every sports person lived for and dies for, ICC One-day Internationals World Cup 2011. It was Dhoni’s first world cup as a captain and Sachin Tendulkar’s last world cup. India finished at 2nd in the group stage but there was no stopping for India after that. India first eliminated the defending champion Austrailia who were unassailable in the from the last 3 world cups in the quarter-finals then removed arch-rival Pakistan in the Semi’s and moved on to defeat the undefeated Sri Lanka throughout the tournament to clinch their first world cup title after 28 years under the captaincy of the magic men Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Just two years later he became the first ever captain in the world cricket to lift all three trophies by winning the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
Just like his on-field decisions his off the field decisions can never be predicted by anyone. In December 2014, Dhoni’s decision to retire from the Test cricket shocked the entire cricket community and similarly in January, earlier this year he stepped down as the ODI captain of Indian cricket team.
For me, Dhoni is one of the biggest legends that this game and the entire sports fraternity has ever had. Happy Birthday MS Dhoni