Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-final

first_img Next India Today Web Desk ManchesterJuly 7, 2019UPDATED: July 7, 2019 22:47 IST AP PhotoHIGHLIGHTSMS Dhoni recieved a warm welcome from fans as Team Indai reached ManchesterIndia will take on New Zealand in the first World Cup semi-final on July 9Australia will face hosts England in the second semis match in Birmingham on July 11MS Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday and celebrated the special day with his wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and teammates in Headingley before the Indian team departed for Manchester.As the players arrived in their team bus in Manchester, MS Dhoni got a warm welcome from the fans gathered at the team hotel.As soon as Dhoni came out of the bus, fans started singing “Happy Birthday” and Karachi-born Mohammad Bashir, aka ‘Chacha Chicago’, even managed to hand the legendary cricketer a bouquet of flowers.Dhoni had provided tickets for the India-Pakistan group match on June 16 to Mohammad Bashir, who supports the former captain’s team over the country of his birth whenever the two sides clash.MS Dhoni’s birthday celebrations had begun early on Sunday as the India cricket superstar celebrated the special day with his family and friends in Leeds right after India’s World Cup 2019 win over Sri Lanka.Sakshi Singh Dhoni took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of herself with MS Dhoni and Ziva from the mini birthday bash on Sunday.Dhoni was showered with loved and lots of good wishes from former players, teammates and fans on social media.Hardik posted Boomerang videos of himself with Dhoni and wrote, “Happy birthday, Mahi bhai! Every day spent with you is a chance to learn and grow. Thank you for being one of the biggest role models in my life. Swipe right to see the fail one.”advertisement”Four World Cups, four different looks, which one do you like the most? Take a pick. Happy Birthday Dhoni,” the BCCI also wished the wicketkeeper-batsman.#HappyBirthdayMSDhoni (@BCCI) July 7, 2019India will now take on New Zealand in the first semi-finals in Manchester on July 9 while Australia will face hosts England once again in this edition in the second semi-final in Birmingham on July 11.Also Read | Ziva Dhoni gets first bite of the cake as MS Dhoni celebrates birthdayAlso Read | God bless you, stay healthy and fit: Sachin Tendulkar wishes MS Dhoni on 38th birthdayAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant greet MS Dhoni in a special wayFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow MS Dhoni birthdayFollow Happy Birthday MS DhoniFollow India vs New ZealandFollow World Cup 2019 Watch: Fans wish MS Dhoni as Indian players arrive in Manchester ahead of World Cup semi-finalBirthday-boy Mahendra Singh Dhoni got a warm welcome from the fans as the Indian team arrived in Manchester ahead of the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand.advertisementlast_img read more

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