My darling, wishing you the best birthday: Hardik Pandya tweets special birthday wish for MS Dhoni

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya tweeted a special birthday wish for MS Dhoni, who turned 41 on Thursday. Pandya started his career for Team India while playing under Dhoni back in 2016. Dhoni was Pandya’s skipper for one year, after which Virat Kohli took charge of the national limited-overs teams.

“My darling, Wishing you the best birthday Mahi bhai@msdhoni,” Hardik Pandya tweeted.

Hardik, who made his debut under Dhoni in 2016, acted quite like his first-ever captain during the post-match presentation ceremony after winning the series in Ireland. Earlier, last month, Pandya revealed that MS Dhoni advised him to stop thinking about individual scores and start focusing on what the team requires.

“Earlier in the days, Mahi bhai taught me one thing. I asked him a very simple thing like ‘how do you get away from pressure and everything?’ And he gave me very simple advice. It was like, ‘Stop thinking about what is your score, start thinking what your team requires.’ That lesson has stuck in my mind and kind of helped me become the player which I have become. Whichever situation I go in, I assess and play accordingly,” Pandya said.

The Ranchi-based Dhoni, recognised as one of India’s most successful captains, led the team to victories in the 2007 Men’s T20 World Cup, 2011 Men’s Cricket World Cup in ODIs and 2013 Champions Trophy apart from going on top of Test rankings in 2009.

At the domestic level, he captained Chennai Super Kings to IPL titles in 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021, apart from two now-defunct Champions League T20 titles in 2010 and 2014. Dhoni is fondly remembered for his attacking stroke play, keeping a calm head as a skipper in under-pressure situations, giving him the tag of “captain cool”.

He etched his name in the minds of cricket fans forever with his match-winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara in the final of the 2011 World Cup at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to give India the trophy on home soil, ending a wait of 28 years as World Champions in ODI format. In 538 matches in international cricket, Dhoni scored 17,266 at an average of 44.96, with 634 catches and 195 stumpings done as a wicketkeeper.

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