The wicketkeeper-batsman might have ended up on the losing side on Friday as England completed a five-wicket win in the second T20, but he did manage to conquer another important milestone in the form of his 500th international appearance for India.
Dhoni became only the third Indian player in history after Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid to attain the feat.
His India and Chennai Super Kings team-mate Suresh Raina was the first to chime in with the birthday wishes on Saturday.
Walking out of your 500th international match & gracefully walking into the blessed day of India, when a legend like you was born! Wish you a very Happy Birthday brother @msdhoni 🎂You have been my inspiration & will always be! I cherish all our good times! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/YinwMNSAgz— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 6, 2018
“Walking out of your 500th international match & gracefully walking into the blessed day of India, when a legend like you was born! Wish you a very Happy Birthday brother @msdhoni ??You have been my inspiration & will always be! I cherish all our good times! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoni,” the left-hander wrote on Twitter.
Raina later posted another tweet with a picture of Dhoni smeared with birthday cake on his face.
“Happy birthday to the legend @msdhoni. There can be nobody like you,” Raina wrote in the post accompanying the image.
In a video posted by a fan account, Dhoni can be seen cutting the cake in the presence of the Indian team, wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva.
The likes of Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, Jasprit Bumrah, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid Khan and Mohammad Kaif were not far behind in wishing the former skipper and ‘Captain Cool’ on his birthday.
Wish you a very happy birthday, @msdhoni and congratulations on playing your 500th International match. May you continue to give joy and happiness to people around you and beyond. pic.twitter.com/gIUkaKxgsW— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 7, 2018
Wishing a very Happy Happy Birthday to the legend and Best Finisher of the game @msdhoni Bhai 🎂🎂🎂🎂— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) July 7, 2018
“Wish you a very happy birthday, @msdhoni and congratulations on playing your 500th International match. May you continue to give joy and happiness to people around you and beyond,” Tendulkar wrote in his Twitter post.
Who is the most awesome cricketer in the world?— Siddharth Kaul (@sidkaul22) July 7, 2018
1) MS Dhoni
Happy Birthday Mahi Bhai ❤️ @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/Wrx7VZDGmm
Dhoni made his debut for India all the way back in 2004 and has since gone on to play 90 Tests, 318 ODIs and 92 T20Is for the country. He is one of the most successful skippers in India’s history and had led the side to the 2015 ICC World Cup and 2007 World Twenty20 titles under his stewardship.
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12:15 am – England win a thriller
England held on to their nerves to eke out a five-wicket win in the final over of the second T20 against India in Cardiff on Friday.
Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 58 as England reached 149-5 with two balls to spare and level the three-match T20 series.
Get the scorecard and stats here.
10:10 pm – Indian batsmen made to sweat
Indian batsmen struggled to get going in the second T20 as England bowlers restricted the visitors to 148-5 in Cardiff.
Seamers David Willey and Liam Plunkett gave nothing away while Virat Kohli was the top scorer for India with 47.
Catch all the live updates here.
9:30 pm – Windies beat Tigers by an innings
West Indies completed a win by an innings and 219 runs inside three days against Bangladesh in the first Test in Antigua.
Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel finished with five wickets as Bangladesh were bowled out for 144 at North Sound.
Read the full report here.
8:00 pm – Ben Stokes likely for third T20
England all-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to be available for the third T20 against India.
Stokes remains on course to play if needed on Sunday, despite suffering a bruised foot in practice for his comeback match with Durham on Thursday evening.
Read more here.
7:00pm – Sunil Gavaskar proclaims KL Rahul as the next big thing in Indian cricket
Following his majestic 101 in the first T20 between England and India, the compliments have been pouring in from all quarters for KL Rahul. However, none will perhaps be bigger than the one bestowed on him by India legend Sunil Gavaskar.
Read what the former opening batsman had to say about Rahul in the full quotes here.
6:30pm – Prithvi Shaw narrowly misses out on double ton in unofficial Test
18-year-old Prithvi Shaw put on a terrific display with the bat in the first unofficial Test between India ‘A’ and West Indies ‘A’. Carrying on from his unbeaten 101 off 74 balls on Thursday, the young opening batsman looked in terrific touch once again while forming a mammoth partnership with Ravi Samarth. Unfortunately for the youngster, he was dismissed 12-runs short of what would have been a well-deserved double century.
Read more on the starlet’s stupendous innings in our full story here.
6:00pm – India seek to cash in on KL Rahul’s form in second T20
England and India lock horns once again in the second of the three T20s at Cardiff on Friday. Virat Kohli’s men lead the series 1-0 after their comprehensive eight-wicket win in the opener at Manchester. KL Rahul was the star for India in that clash with a a majestic unbeaten 101 and he will be the centre of attention once again at Cardiff.
Stay updated with the team news for both sides ahead of the clash by clicking here.
5:00pm – Glenn Maxwell guides Australia to narrow win over Zimbabwe
In a dead-rubber clash in the T20 tri-series in Zimbabwe, Australia notched up a tense five-wicket win over the hosts at Harare on Friday. After Zimbabwe has won the toss and elected to bat first, Australia’s bowlers put in a fine performances to restrict them to just 151-9.
The visitors were in early trouble during their chase before Glenn Maxwell took charge with a fine half-century. Read more about the Australian’s efforts in the match report from the clash.
3:45pm – England’s Chris Woakes nears return from injury layoff
England have been handed a boost with all-rounder Chris Woakes all set to make his return from an injury layoff which ruled him out of action since the Headingley Test against Pakistan. Woakes is set to appear for the Warwickshire 2nd XI in their three-day game next week as a pure batsman.
Read more on the injury updates for Ben Stokes, James Anderson and Stuart Broad in our full story here.
3:15pm – Shaheen Afridi credits PSL experience for international breakthrough
Pakistan teenager Shaheen Shah Afridi was on fire in the T20 tri-series clash against Australia on Thursday. The 18-year-old picked up the three big wickets of Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short and Glenn Maxwell in Pakistan’s 45-run win over the Aussies.
The left-armed pacer has credited his breakthrough success to his experience of playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Read the starlet’s full quotes here.
3:00pm – Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of ODI series against England as well
India have suffered a huge setback ahead of the three ODIs against England with pacer Jasprit Bumrah being ruled out the series. Bumrah underwent surgery on his broken thumb at Leeds and has now returned to India to recuperate. He has already been replaced by Deepak Chahar for the ongoing T20 series between the two sides.
Shardul Thakur is the man who will replace the injured Bumrah for the ODI series. Read more on this breaking story here.
1:00pm – MS Dhoni about to enter 500 international appearances club
India stalwart MS Dhoni is on the verge of making his 500th international appearance for India across all formats when he takes the field for the second T20 against England at Cardiff on Friday. Only two Indians and eight players overall have breached that landmark previously.
Read who else is part of this exclusive club in our full story here.
11:30am – David Willey not happy with India’s aborted run ups
England seamer David Willey did not take too well to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s aborted run ups in the first T20 between the two sides at Manchester. Willey has expressed his displeasure at the tactic used by the Indian pacer among other things.
Read the Englishman’s full quotes here ahead of the second T20 between the two sides on Friday.
11:00am – Gabriel’s strikes put West Indies on verge of crushing win
Bangladesh are headed towards a crushing innings loss in the first Test against the West Indies at Antigua after a four-wicket haul by pacer Shannon Gabriel. The visitors are struggling at 62-6 in the second innings after being blow away for just 43 runs in the first. Kraigg Brathwaite’s seventh Test ton had put the Windies in total command before Gabriel begun his spell of destruction.
Read more on Bangladesh’s struggles in our full match report here.
Alex Hales scored an unbeaten 58 as England defeated India by five wickets and with two balls to spare in the second T20 on Friday.
India bowlers picked up three wickets by the half-way mark as England reached 72-3 after 11 overs on Friday chasing 149. However, Hales kept his cool to help score 12 from the final over and level the series.
England won the toss and decided to bowl first with seamer Jake Ball getting to play his first T20I. India went in with an unchanged side.
David Willey (1-18) and Liam Plunkett (1-17) were on target as the Indians struggled to get any timing. Virat Kohli top-scored for India with 47.
India have a 1-0 lead in the three-match series after their thumping eight-wicket win in the opener at Manchester on Tuesday.
Eoin Morgan‘s men, on the other hand, are looking to bounce back after their disappointing loss at Old Trafford.
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