Wishes poured in from all around the world as MS Dhoni, former India skipper, turned 39 on Tuesday. From VVS Laxman to Virat Kohli, Dhoni’s former and current teammates shared their heartfelt greetings on social media. Not only cricketers, but the nation’s cricketing body also wished the Ranchi-born icon.
Even Cricket Australia’s Twitter handle didn’t miss a chance to wish MSD. It posted a lovely video featuring some of the best sixes smashed by the veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman in Australia. CA termed Dhoni as one of the biggest hitters they’ve ever seen.
“One of the biggest hitters we’ve ever seen! MS Dhoni turns 39 today, and here are his best sixes in Australia!,” tweeted Cricket Australia.
One of the biggest hitters we've ever seen!
MS Dhoni turns 39 today, and here are his best sixes in Australia! 🥳 pic.twitter.com/AtBBFMib3F
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 7, 2020
Dhoni’s record against Australia is quite impressive. When it comes to One-Day Internationals (ODIs) the Indian superstar has played 55 matches against Australia and has accumulated 1,660 runs at an average of 44.86 with two centuries.
In the longest format, Dhoni has featured in 19 Tests against the Kangaroos, scoring 990 runs at an average of 35.35 with one hundred. While in T20Is, ‘Mahi’ has played 17 games against Australia and clubbed 313 runs at an average of 39.12.
When it comes to scoring Down Under, then Dhoni has appeared in 36 matches for India against Australia across formats. The wicketkeeper-batsman has 1,098 runs to his name at an average of 33.27.
Overall, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20 internationals for Team India, in which the right-handed batsman has stockpiled 4876, 10,773, and 1617 runs, respectively. He is also one of the most successful wicket keepers in the cricketing arena. In 538 international games, Dhoni has 829 dismissals to his name – third best after Mark Boucher and Adam Gilchrist. Out of 829 dismissals, 634 are catches and 195 are stumpings.