Previous India captain MS Dhoni was given the ideal birthday present as the Men in Blue crushed West Indies by eight wickets in the fifth ODI to win the series 3-1. Dhoni, who turned 36 today, ended the series as the fifth highest run-scorer (154). Wishes poured in, from fans and fellow cricketers, for the wicketkeeper-batsman on his special day. Yuvraj Singh, however, wished his colleague in a rather interesting way. “Many happy returns of the day to Mr. Helicopter @mahi7781 have a great day buddy, the cake awaits you #happybirthday #cakesmash,” tweeted Yuvraj.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 6, 2017
Individuals from the cricketing organization too wished Dhoni on his birthday.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) July 7, 2017
Happy birthday @msdhoni 🎂🎉🎁Have a gr8 day and a fabulous year mahi👍😊
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 7, 2017
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) July 7, 2017
Mahi and his wife Sakshi, who got married on July 4, 2010, completed seven years of togetherness on Tuesday. Sakshi and girl Ziva are also in the Caribbean.
Despite scoring a fifty in the fourth match, he was under severe criticism for failing to take India through, chasing 190 against the hosts. Neither of them took to social media on this day however their fans didn’t lose the chance to wish the couple.
In the fourth ODI, Virat Kohli and Co. were chasing a meager target of 190runs against West Indies, but the Indian batsmen failed to handle with the Windies bowlers and lost the match by 11 runs.
Dhoni, considered one of the best finishers in world cricket, couldn’t rescue the team despite almost batting till the very end.
Interestingly, four years ago playing in West Indies, Dhoni was in a similar situation against the hosts.
India required 15 runs in the last over for a win. He got that in just three hits. This time, he crawled till the 49th over, placing India in a situatione where they required 16 off the last two.
Dhoni trusted his instincts and went for the big one just to locate the long-on fielder that finished his innings at 54 off 114 balls.