'Happy b'day Mahi bhai' - Virat Kohli extends wishes to MS Dhoni on his 39th birthday

‘Happy b’day Mahi bhai’ – Virat Kohli extends wishes to MS Dhoni on his 39th birthday

Several members of the Indian cricket fraternity including Virat Kohli took to Twitter and Instagram to wish Dhoni on his special day.

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Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni– the name is an institution in itself; a youngster from Ranchi filled in the void left by Sourav Ganguly and steered Indian cricket to even new heights. The entire nation froze for a minute when Dhoni smashed the iconic World Cup-winning six at Wankhede to end India’s 28 year-long wait.

On the occasion of Dhoni’s 39th birthday on July 7, a plethora of cricketers extended wishes to him and reminisced on-field memories with him. Despite being away from the sport for almost a year now, Dhoni’s popularity fails to diminish by a bit. He was last seen in action during India’s semi-final defeat against New Zealand in 2019 World Cup.

Dhoni’s die-hard fan-following was evident as social media has been flooding with birthday wishes for him. Several members of the Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter and Instagram to wish Dhoni on his special day.

Virat Kohli wishes MS Dhoni health and happiness

Indian skipper Virat Kohli also joined the bandwagon and extended wishes to Dhoni while wishing him health and happiness. Kohli took to Instagram to wish him. “Happy b’day Mahi bhai. Wish you good health and happiness always. God bless you,” wrote Kohli.

The most experienced player in the side, Dhoni is regarded as the side’s go-to man with every player seeking his advice on the field whenever needed. Even Kohli is used to go to Dhoni for suggestions in a crunch situation.

Along with Ganguly, Dhoni played a pivotal role in revolutionizing Indian cricket, especially in terms of winning the silverware. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India have won the top prize in all formats– the No.1 Test ranking for 18 months starting December 2009, the 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and the T20 World Cup in 2007. He even led the side to the Champions Trophy win in 2013.

It all started in 2007 when a young Dhoni was appointed the captain ahead of the T20 World Cup in South Africa. To the surprise of many, the Men in Blue lifted the coveted trophy and the world witnessed the emergence of a prolific leader.

‘Mahi’ was all set to brace the field in the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League. Regarded as one of the most successful skippers of the IPL, the wicketkeeper-batsman has been an indispensable part of Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the billion-dollar league was postponed in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, extending the wait of ardent Dhoni fans who eagerly want to see him back on the cricket field.