Barmy Army uses picture of India’s WC defeat to wish MS Dhoni on birthday, gets trolled in response
While one would suspect how can a birthday wish leave a bad taste in mouth, England’s Barmy Army showed how.
Updated - Jul 7, 2021 6:50 pm
Team India’s talismanic skipper MS Dhoni turned 40 on Wednesday (June 7) and wishes came in from all quarters. While one would suspect how can a birthday wish leave a bad taste in mouth, England’s Barmy Army showed how, as they posted MS Dhoni’s picture from India’s lost encounter against England from the ODI World Cup 2019.
“Happy Birthday MS, some amazing battles over the years,” the Barmy Army posted from their official Twitter handle, with an image of Dhoni walking back to the pavilion after hosts England sealed the Edgbaston clash by 31 runs. Set a mammoth 338 for the win, India could manage 306/5 to endure their first (and only) loss in the league stage. India would not lose another until the Manchester heartbreak by New Zealand.
The birthday wish, for obvious reasons, did not sit well with India – more precisely Dhoni –fans, who chose to give it back to the notorious Barmy Army by reminding some other “amazing battles” from the past. A user posted India celebrating after handing England a defeat in the Champions Trophy final in 2013, winning which MS Dhoni named himself the exclusive record of becoming the first-ever captain to stake claim on each of the ICC trophy that existed in that time.
Another user highlighted India-England’s thrilling encounter from the latter’s tour in 2016-17, where India racked up 381/6 at Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium on the back of thunderous centuries from Yuvraj Singh (150) and MS Dhoni (134). India went on to win the series three-match ODI series 2-1, having previously clinched the five-Test series 4-0.
Social media queues up to wish MS Dhoni
Barmy Army’s mischievous wish aside, there were others who showered their beloved teammate or colleague with wishes and praises. Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara termed Dhoni to be the one with “the quickest hands” in the world as he reacted to an ICC tribute for MS Dhoni, while the BCCI termed the former batter a “legend and inspiration”.
Having taken the baton from Dhoni, India’s incumbent skipper Virat Kohli tweeted “Happy birthday skip” alongside a picture from the 2011 World Cup final, whereas Sachin Tendulkar joined along, as he posted, “A colleague, captain & friend! Happy Birthday, Mahi. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead full of joy and good health.”
Meanwhile, here’s how Twitter reacted to Barmy Army’s post
This is the only one that matters unfortunately. pic.twitter.com/BLu99sfEvU
— 𝐃𝐞𝐯 (@Mohali_Monster) July 7, 2021
Thanks Barmy Army 🥳🎉 pic.twitter.com/EOAAEk5oTw
— Cricket Chronicle 🇮🇳 (@Chronicle_cric) July 7, 2021
Tnx barmy army pic.twitter.com/YJWPh19PIH
— 🙂 (@akash_off7) July 7, 2021
some amazing battles over the years 🏴🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/zLwP5dfzXv
— S I D D H A R T H (@breakingbadass) July 7, 2021
— Umakant (@Umakant_27) July 7, 2021
— Imabzkhan MSDian™ (@MSDhoniRules) July 7, 2021
Happy birthday dhoni 😚😚 pic.twitter.com/PxaS08IUic
— TANUSH REDDY😷 (@Tanushreddy03) July 7, 2021
Amazing indeed ! pic.twitter.com/1J33zkQkYf
— ° (@anubhav__tweets) July 7, 2021
Still salty? I'm afraid scoring more boundaries can't win you a trophy everytime. pic.twitter.com/ErLw0GV0H1
— Kaushik (@utd_kaushik) July 7, 2021
Ussss 🤫🤫 pic.twitter.com/dcQUKuLOZY
— THUG 1 (@thug1one) July 7, 2021
Rare pic of Alastair Cook with the Trophy 😊 pic.twitter.com/o9vGyp1gsp
— Janardhan Jakhar ROCKSTAR Waale (@memeenist) July 7, 2021