Sri Lanka vs India: Devdutt Padikkal hails MS Dhoni before cutting his birthday cake.© Instagram
Devdutt Padikkal paid a huge 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. During his cake-cutting ceremony, Padikkal stated, “Before I cut my cake, I would like to wish Mahi bhai on behalf of the entire team. He has been an inspiration for all of us and it 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 are not 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 last match for India was in July 2019, when India lost to New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup semi-final.
He announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020. He is also one of 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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