MS Dhoni retires from International Cricket

MS Dhoni retires from International Cricket

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the coolest captains who took Indian cricket to the pinnacle of achievements. Dhoni had earlier retired from Test cricket at the end of 2014. He continued playing for the team as a player after stepping down as limited over captain in 2017. Dhoni had not played in any match since the Cricket World Cup in England in July last year. He remained silent about his further plans, although the media raised questions on his come-back to the international arena.  There were a lot of predictions that he would make a comeback in the Indian team by scoring runs in the IPL 2020.

Unexpectedly, Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th August in Chennai. He posted this information on his Instagram page and thanked the fans for their love and support. He quoted - “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired”. He also added glimpses of his batting with his favorite old song - ‘main paldo pal ka shayar hoon’ in the background.

As the corona spread is increasing day by day; no international competitions are likely to take place in India for the time being. It seems that he had decided to retire after realizing that he will not be able to play for the country further. He will now focus only on IPL and serve the Chennai Super Kings for two years at least.

Dhoni, from Jharkhand, entered international cricket in December 2004 in a one-day international against Bangladesh. Coincidentally he started his career with a run out in 2004 and also ended his career with a run out in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.

Dhoni impressed the fans with his impressive batting and rose to become the captain of the Indian team within a few years. Under his leadership, the Indian team won the 20-over World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Dhoni was the only captain to win all three of these ICC trophies. Also, under his captaincy, the Indian team for the first time became the number one test ranked team. The highlight of his cricketing career was scoring 91 runs in the 2011 World Cup final against Sri Lanka. He finished the final with a helicopter shot towards long-on, thus winning the title for India after 28 years.

Dhoni was wise with his classifying tactics on the field, did not easily get emotional, handled pressure situations, and never expresses anger on the field. That is the reason why he is named Captain Cool'. After playing for the Chennai Super Kings team, the fans call him 'Tala' which means big brother.

He has scored 17,266 runs in all the formats of international runs, which includes 229 sixes. His highest ODI score was 183 against Sri Lanka in 2005. He has played 98 matches in international 20-over cricket and scored 1,617 runs, including two fifties.

His service for the team, both as wicket-keeper and batsman, will be remembered and missed by the Indian team. Wrist spinners Kuldeep and Chahal credit MS Dhoni for their success. The instructions which he gives to the bowlers behind the wicket have always been valuable for the team.

Just after a few minutes of MS Dhoni’s retirement, star player Suresh Raina also announced his retirement as a token of respect for his fellow teammate. Raina had always played under MS Dhoni. He posted a photo along with his CSK teammates on Instagram quoting - “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!"