Former India captain MS Dhoni was handed the perfect birthday gift as the Men in Blue crushed West Indies by eight wickets in the 5th 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 teammate in a rather interesting manner. "Many happy returns of the day to Mr. Helicopter @mahi7781 have a great day buddy, the cake awaits you #happybirthday #cakesmash," tweeted Yuvraj.
Members of the cricketing fraternity too wished Dhoni on his birthday.
Happy birthday @msdhoni ??????Have a gr8 day and a fabulous year mahi????— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) July 7, 2017
Mahi and his wife Sakshi, who tied the knot on July 4, 2010, completed seven years of togetherness on Tuesday. Sakshi and daughter Ziva are also in the Caribbean.
Dhoni enjoyed a mixed run in the ODI series against the West Indies. He was awarded the man-of-the-match for his performance in the 3rd ODI, but faced plenty of criticism for his show in the 4th ODI.
Despite scoring a fifty in the fourth match, he failed to take India through, chasing 190 against the hosts.
Dhoni, considered one the greatest 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 needed 15 runs in the last over for a win. He got that in only three hits. This time, he crawled till the 49th over, putting India in a situation where they needed 16 off the last two.
Dhoni trusted his instincts and went for the big one only to find the long-on fielder that ended his innings at 54 off 114 balls.