'Thala' for the whole cricket world: Wishes pour in for Dhoni on 38th birthday

Cricketers past and present, and fans from all walks of life, wished Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his 38th birthday.

Wishes poured in from former and present teammates for Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who turned 38.   -  Getty Images

Cricketers past and present, and fans from all walks of life, wished Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his birthday.

Dhoni, who turned 38 on Sunday, shook a leg with daughter Ziva in the presence of wife Sakshi as his teammates, in his preferred minimalist manner, celebrated the former India captain's birthday.

A day after current captain Virat Kohli and bowling sensation Jasprit Bumrah shared their fondness for Dhoni, former opener Virender Sehwag posted a heartfelt tweet.

 

Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings teammate Harbhajan Singh added a local flavour in wishing his captain and 'Thala'. He tweeted in Tamil which read "My friend! My brother! 'Thala' for the whole cricket world. The strength that makes difficulties into achievements. Happy birthday my friend, MS Dhoni. The people of Chennai's own. Win the World Cup.' 

 

Former teammate and one of the greatest batsmen of all-time, Sachin Tendulkar, joined the party.

 

Sakshi uploaded pictures from celebrations, which show Dhoni’s face smeared with cake. In another post, Dhoni can be seen cutting three cakes with Ziva.

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Rishabh Pant also sent out a short tweet with a fun boomerang (an instagram video feature) of him and his 'mentor'.

 

There was no scarcity of boomerangs. Hardik Pandya and 'Mahi Bhai' were seen playing his famed helicopter shot in tandem.

There were many former players who wished the man, who led India to three ICC world titles besides taking it to the top of the Test rankings for the first time.

 

 

The ICC on Saturday posted a video celebrating Dhoni’s achievements on the eve of his birthday, applauding the World Cup winning captain for changing “the face of Indian cricket”.

 

Wriddhiman Saha went with a throwback picture.