MS Dhoni turned 39 on Tuesday and wishes have poured in for the former India captain from the cricket fraternity including players and fans. Virat Kohli was among the first to wish Dhoni but the most special message came from his wife Sakshi.
MS Dhoni, who last played for India in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, has often been filmed by Sakshi chilling with daughter Ziva and their dogs at their farmhouse. After a heartbreaking defeat to New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, Dhoni has stayed away from cricket and remained tight-lipped amid stray rumours of his retirement.
Earlier in the year, MS Dhoni had joined the Chennai Super Kings camp to prepare for the 2020 Indian Premier League. But the players headed back home as the Covid-19 was declared a pandemic. The Indian team management was keen to see Dhoni’s form in the IPL to determine whether he could play in the T20 World Cup.
However, MS Dhoni has maintained a stoic silence about his future plans and has often been spotted having a great time at home. On Tuesday, Sakshi posted a rather sweet message on Instagram and wished her husband.
“Marking the date you were born, another year older, greyed a bit more, become smarter and sweeter. You are a man who will not be moved by all the sweet wishes and gifts.
“Let’s celebrate another year of your life by cutting a cake and blowing the candles!
“Happy Birthday, Husband!!” Sakshi wrote on Instagram along with a series of pictures of MS Dhoni playing with his dogs.
In May after #DhoniRetires started trending on Twitter, an angry Sakshi slammed rumour mongers and in a harshly worded tweet said he understood lockdown had made people unstable. However, minutes later she deleted the tweet.
MS Dhoni is one of the least accessible Indian cricketers – unlike his other colleagues, he does not voice his opinions on social media and keeps a low profile when he does not play for India or Chennai Super Kings.
In the 2019 World Cup, MS Dhoni was criticised for his poor strike-rate and his strange innings in a defeat to England left many startled. But in the semi-final against New Zealand, Dhoni was heroic and with Ravindra Jadeja almost got India to an improbable victory before he was briliantly run out by Martin Guptill.
MS Dhoni’s fans were eagerly waiting to see him in action in IPL 2020 but without any word on whether the tournament would be held at all this year, they might have to wait a little longer.