New Delhi: India's cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who led the team to a World Cup win after 28 years, turned 30 on Thursday.

Dhoni, who is currently leading the Test team in the West Indies, is having a great year, which started with a maiden Test series draw in South Africa as India retained the No1 Test spot. India, however, lost the closely fought ODI series 2-3.

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on his 30th birthday will expect that Weather God to smile upon him for the remaining part of the third Test match against West Indies as that can be the best birthday gift for him to win the Test series 2-0.

Back in India, his fans celebrated the day distributing sweets and cutting cake. His India teammate and deputy Gautam Gambhir also wished him on the day.

"Happy Birthday to Dhoni! I hope he continues to lead the way he has been doing so far," Gambhir who is recuperating from shoulder injury said.

Dhoni who is playing his 57th Test match is now 52 runs short of completing 3000 runs in longer version while he has scored 6049 runs in 186 ODIs.

Dhoni, who hails from Ranchi in Jharkhand, then led the Indian team to their second World Cup win after 1983. The India captain surprised everybody by promoting himself up the order and hit a valuable unbeaten 91 off 79 balls in the final against the Sri Lanka.

Dhoni then followed up the World Cup win by leading Chennai Super Kings to an Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph for the second time in a row.  Dhoni made his international debut in 2004 and was appointed the India captain in 2007 for the Twenty20 World Cup in South Africa, which India won. Under him, India achieved the No.1 Test rankings and won two world titles.

From 56 Tests he has 2,948 runs at an average of 38.28. He has four Test hundreds and his highest is 148 against Pakistan.

Dhoni has 6,049 runs from 186 ODIs and his highest is 183 not out, which is also the fifth highest ODI score. He has seven ODI hundreds.

(Agencies)