Micro-blogging site Twitter was flooded with birthday messages for the Indian skipper, who is currently in England for the upcoming five-Test series against the hosts.
Fans started wishing Dhoni from 12 AM last night. #HBDMahi and #HappyBirthdayDhoni were among the top trends on Twitter today.
Born on July 7, 1981, Dhoni has emerged as one of the best captains India has seen. Under his leadership, India won the 2007 Twenty20 World Championship, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. He is the first captain in history to have won all three global titles. Dhoni also took the Test team to number one position in ICC Rankings.
Chennai Super Kings team, which is captain by Dhoni, started the hashtag #HBDMahi since last night. They tweeted asking Dhoni to be their captain for 100 more years. "Happy Birthday Thala.. Be our captain for 100 more years :) #HBDMahi."
Apart from his captaincy, Dhoni is rated among the best finishers in the shorter formats of the game. However, his Test record needs more improvement and will now be under focus in England.
Dhoni has played 83 Tests, 243 ODIs and 49 T20Is for India. He made his international debut on December 23, 2004.
Here are the birthday messages for Dhoni, via Twitter.
Wishing you the best year ever. Happy Birthday Mahi— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) July 7, 2014
@msdhoni happy bday mahi Bhai god bless u..and gudluk for the tour.— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) July 7, 2014
Happy Bday booo !!!!!— Sakshi Singh Dhoni (@SaakshiSRawat) July 7, 2014