MS Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing down curtains on a near 16-year-long storied career of one of the country’s greatest limited-overs cricketers. Dhoni said his final goodbye to international cricket yesterday evening.

He however didn’t say anything about his post-retirement plan. His participation in IPL or other domestic events is still unclear.

Dhoni quit Tests in 2014, and since then, always dealt with speculation over when he would decide to exit limited-overs cricket as well. But Dhoni has always been a man of his own decision. Despite criticism from some quarters, Dhoni had continued to play in limited-overs cricket for India.

However, he kept himself out of Indian set up after the World Cup 2019. He also had joined his regiment of the Indian army for a short stint. The speculation of his retirement got havier during this period of time.

Announcing the retirement, Dhoni wrote on his Instagram: “Thanks a lot for your love and support. From 1929 hours consider me retired.” Right after this post, the internet was broken down to say the final wishes for the ‘captain cool’.

Dhoni was born in 1981 in Ranchi on July 7. He tasted his first big achievement when he led the ‘men in blue’ in the ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and clinched the title. He later also won ICC World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013. He is the only captain till the date to have won all of these ICC events.

Having retired from Test cricket in December of 2014 with 4876 runs from 90 matches, Dhoni carried on playing ODIs and T20Is. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. His overall Indian numbers are staggering: 538 matches, 17,266 runs, 16 centuries, 108 fifties, 359 sixes, 829 dismissals.

The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman was awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khelratna (2007), the Padma Shri (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2018).

He was the most glorious captain of India’s cricket history.