The most successful captains of all time in India, who led India to two World Cup Victories and the triumph of Champions Trophy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, put a stamp of retirement from glittering International cricketing career that lasted more than 15 years. Netizens saw it there on the Instagram posted by Dhoni about his announcement, putting up a slideshow of images from his career to the soundtrack of Mukesh’s pal do pal ka shayar hoon, and humbly expressed his thanks for love and support to fans throughout his career.
Speculation riffed after taking a break from the ICC World Cup last year, he joined in the Territorial Army as Honorary Lieutenant Colonel for a short stint. After keeping everybody on tenterhooks about his future, the decision indeed came as a bolt from the blue and made cricket loving fans overwhelmed with emotions. Dhoni scored 15,000 international runs in every format, with 16 centuries and more than 800 victims as wicketkeeper. A career that started in December 2004, he played 90 test matches and Twenty-Twenty international careers.
The President of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly said “It’s an end of an era. His leadership qualities par excellence, something which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game. He set the standards for the wicketkeepers to make a mark for the country. An outstanding career who finished with no regrets on the field”.
The master blaster Sachin Tendulkar tweeted: Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Interestingly, after Dhoni’s retirement post, his teammate mercurial Suresh Raina, bold force in the shorter format, a penchant for opening in the field, too bid goodbye to international cricket.
He will be remembered as a captain cool guy, who never loses his temper even in the face of adversity. His style is unconventional and pressure handling ability best exemplified in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede, when he scored a match-winning 91 not out and sealed. Mahendra Singh Dhoni retired from the international Cricket but he will be seen leading Chennai Super Kings in the forthcoming IPL in the UAE.