MS Dhoni turns 36 today and the wishes are flourishing for the former captain © Getty Images
The wishes are flourishing for the former India captain who turns 36 today © Getty Images

MS Dhoni got a perfect gift on his birthday last night when India thrashed West Indies by 8 wickets and went on to win the ODI series 3-1. Today, on his special day, let us highlight some of his biggest moments as a captain and a wicket-keeper-batsman. Now, the previous line itself suggests that Dhoni has donned many hats as a cricketer. He started his career as a belligerent hitter of the cricket ball and played some terrific innings early on his innings. Till date, his 183 not out against Sri Lanka remains as one of the best knocks ever played in ODI chases.

Dhoni, who debuted against Bangladesh in 2004-05, was made captain during the inaugural World T20 in 2007. In his very first ICC event as captain, he guided India to the Championship. He is also the only captain in the world to have won all the three ICC events — World T20 (2007), World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013). It was also under Dhoni’s captaincy that India won their first ever ODI series in Australia.

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The Captain Cool also holds the record for the most number of sixes hit by a captain (204). Overall, he has bludgeoned 322 sixes in his international career. Though he has slowed down of late, his strike rate still reads an impressive 88.7.

In the longest format, too, Dhoni has done brilliantly as Indian captain. He has led India to 27 Test wins, surpassing Sourav Ganguly‘s record of 21. India also became the No. 1 Test team for the first time under MSD’s captaincy. Although Dhoni did not score as consistently in Tests as he did in ODIs, his role as a skipper and wicketkeeper was simply invaluable for the Indian team.

Other than cricket, MS Dhoni’s love for motorcycles and dogs and his respect for the Indian Army are well-known. He possesses some of the most-expensive bikes in the world and was also conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in November 2011.