MS Dhoni, Indian cricket’s most successful captain has announced his retirement. Dhoni made the confirmation through a video on Instagram.
MS Dhoni aka Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has announced his retirement from international cricket. Dhoni confirmed his retirement through a video on Instagram, which he captioned: “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
Dhoni is Indian cricket’s most successful captain in limited-over internationals having won three ICC trophies. Under his captainship, the men in Blue won 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 50-over World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy in the year 2013. He last played international cricket during the elimination round of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in which India lost to New Zealand. His decision to retire from limited-overs cricket brings to an end an almost 16-year golden run.
While the post didn’t specify it, the retirement is only from international cricket, and Dhoni will play for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL 2020. He arrived in Chennai on Friday for Super Kings’ short camp at Chepauk ahead of IPL 2020, which will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. Kasi Viswanathan, the Super Kings CEO, had recently said that the team expected Dhoni to play for the franchise even after retirement, till at least 2022.̧
“It is the end of an era,” Sourav Ganguly, Dhoni’s first international captain and now the president of BCCI, said in a statement. What a player he has been for the country and world cricket. His leadership qualities have been something which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game. His batting in one-day cricket in his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance. Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one.
“He has set the standards for the wicketkeepers to come and make a mark for the country. He will finish with no regrets on the field. An outstanding career; I wish him the best in life.”