Sri Lanka vs India: Devdutt Padikkal hails MS Dhoni before cutting his birthday cake.© Instagram
Devdutt Padikkal paid a enormous tribute to MS Dhoni on his 40th birthday. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) cricketer is currently with Team India for their Sri Lanka Tour, and shares his birthday on the same day as the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper: July 7. Throughout his cake-cutting ceremony, Padikkal stated, “Before I cut my cake, I wish to wish Mahi bhai on behalf of all the team. He has been an inspiration for all of us and this is a great feeling to celebrate a birthday with him”.
Team India are currently on their tour of Sri Lanka, and will be playing three ODIs and three T20 Internationals (T20Is). The tour begins with the ODI series which begins on July 13, followed by the T20I series.
Shikhar Dhawan will be captaining the visitors in the island nation, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as his deputy.
Senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma aren’t a part of the squad, and will be coming back in action for the Test series against England.
Dhoni made his international debut in 2004, against Bangladesh. He represented India in 538 games across formats in a career spanning 16 years.
Dhoni’s final match for India used to be in July 2019, when India missing to New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.
He announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020. He’s also probably the most successful captains in history, having won all three major ICC trophies — the ODI World Cup, the T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy.
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