A very Happy Birthday to Captain Cool
Captain Cool, Dhoni celebrates his 40th birthday today, and what better time to reminisce about his splendid journey in the field of cricket, as a captain and as a great human being. The cricketer was born in Jharkhand which meant limited opportunities for him but he did not let this obstacle close his way to success. You could tell from the very beginning that little Dhoni was destine for greater things in life. A very Happy Birthday to Captain Cool. He love to play football as a young boy but soon he proved himself a worthy player on the field of cricket and start on the road which was meant for a few great players in the world.
He made his entrance in the sport with long locks, incredible enthusiasm, and an infectious, shy smile which won million hearts. The railway player started his international innings in 2004. The initial journey was not smooth for the player but his 148 against Pakistan in Vizag in 2005 proved his worth. It was just the beginning of a long, marvelous journey of a zealous player.
Soon the board could not think of a format Dhoni was not a part of. He could be seen across all formats of the sport and his long-hitting abilities made sure that he stays irreplaceable. He gained the name “The Finisher” for being a dependable player who was look up to whenever India needed strength. And it would not be wrong to say that he did fulfill all the expectations. He delivered what was expect out of him as he kept moving towards the ranks of “senior player”.
Team India play the 2007 ICC T20 World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy and it prove to be a balm on the aching hearts of fans who were quite shatter after the debacle of the 2007 ODI World Cup. But who knew that Dhoni’s heart also longed for the World Cup like every Indian. He did not let the dream go and finally the cup was brought home in 2011. Dhoni presented the 2011 World Cup as a parting gift to Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar. Isn’t it incredibly sweet!
India was unstoppable under his leadership and went on to win the 2013 Championship Trophy in England. After this victory things started to change. The 2015 World Cup final did not turn out to be as expected. India went down to Australia and 2019 wasn’t any better too as India lost to New Zealand during the CWC semifinals.
Then came the time which few anticipated, few dreaded, and a few questioned. Dhoni announced his retirement on August 15, 2020. He wrote, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 19:29 hrs consider me as Retired”.
The country was in dismay but Dhoni has had a cricketing journey that people dream of. In his 15 years long career he played90 Test matches and 350 ODIs wherein he amassed 4876 and 10,773 runs respectively. He also became a part of 98 T20I matches and collected 1617 runs at a strike rate of 126.13.
His ‘Helicopter Shot’ is a legend now but he is not all about that one shot. He was a star behind the stumps with his lightning-fast reflexes and well-measured catches and initiate stumpings. He had bonding and connection with his players that captains aspire for. His interaction with the team, his work behind the stumps, ‘the Dhoni Review System’ are going to go down in cricket history and we all can only consider ourselves lucky who could watch this great man in making.
Wish you a happy birthday, MS Dhoni!