Cricket can have some very unique coincidences and one such happened on Sunday, July 7 with Ruturaj Gaikwad scoring an unbeaten 77* as India faced Zimbabwe in the 2nd T20I of the five-match series. The CSK captain batted a bit slowly to start off with but changed gears pretty quickly at the end, finishing with 77 runs off 47 balls, with 11 fours and one six. Fans however, saw this as a tribute to MS Dhoni, who celebrated his 43rd birthday today. For the uninitiated, the former Indian cricket team captain is fond of the number 7 and interestingly, celebrates his birthday on the seventh day of the seventh month. Dhoni's jersey number in international cricket as well as in IPL also is 'seven' and his CSK teammate Gaikwad's 77* set the internet on fire, triggering a flurry of reactions. Interestingly, Gaikwad had scored seven runs in the first T20I, which India lost. CSK Captain Ruturaj Gaikwad Wishes MS Dhoni ‘Happy Birthday’ Over Video Call, Shares Pics on Instagram Story.

Ruturaj Gaikwad to MS Dhoni

'Tribute to His Captain'

'Perfect Birthday Gift for MS Dhoni'

'Tribute to Thala'


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