On account of the magnitude of the former captain’s influence on the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni’s birthday, which falls on Thursday, usually tends to evoke nostalgia among Indian fans. However, his voyage began when another legendary Indian commander took the helm. Dhoni made his international debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in December 2004 when Sourav Ganguly served as captain.

Interestingly, by the time Ganguly’s spectacular career came to an end in 2008, Dhoni had already been named the Indian team’s captain. On the occasion of Dhoni’s birthday, Ganguly, the current president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), uploaded a picture of the two from their playing days along with a letter for him.

Happy birthday to @msdhoni @bcci, an incredible player and leader for India who upheld the greatest standards for service to the nation.

On August 15, 2020, Dhoni’s international career concluded after 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is. He became the first captain to win all three ICC trophies when he captained India to victories in the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Additionally, it was under his leadership that India achieved their first-ever ascent to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

Dhoni has been the captain of the Chennai Super Kings from the IPL’s first season. CSK has been one of the most dependable teams throughout his tenure, having missed the playoffs just twice while winning four championships.