Former India captain MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from the international cricket. The Ranchi-born superstar confirmed the news through a video on his official Instagram account.
“Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” MSD captioned the post.
Dhoni finished his career as Indian cricket’s most successful captain in the limited-overs format as under his leadership India won three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
The 39-year-old last played an international match in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. It was a semi-final clash against New Zealand which India lost by a narrow margin.
Dhoni featured in 350 ODIs, in which he accumulated 10773 runs at a phenomenal average of 50.57. He smashed ten centuries and 73 fifties in the 50-overs format.
Mahi is also fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODIs. He is just behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
The veteran stumper featured in 98 T20Is and amassed 1617 runs at an average of 37.60, including two half-centuries. He also played 90 Tests for Team India and scored 4876 runs with six centuries and 33 fifties.
Dhoni, however, would continue to entertain his fans in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for the record time.
Here is how the cricketing fraternity reacted to Dhoni’s retirement:
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
No words will ever be enough. Thank you Mahi bhai, for your patience, your guidance and constant support. You are and will always be an inspiration and the reason so many of us believed in our dreams. 7 forever. 🙏🏼♥️ pic.twitter.com/EzHb3jFViT
— K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 15, 2020
The 2011 World Cup win was @sachin_rt farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni … What an incredible international career … You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher … Cheers for all the memories MS 👍👍
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 15, 2020
The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 15, 2020
Seeing Dhoni’s journey from a small town boy into a match-winner and one of the most astute leaders the world has seen was remarkable. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Mahi. It was my privilege to play alongside you and I will always cherish the memories we shared together. pic.twitter.com/NgCUdR6aSN
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2020
Always Carefree…never careless. Understood the importance of ‘moments’ but never got overawed by them. Redefined wicket keeping….mastered the art of finishing. An end of an era. MSD, one of the finest the world has seen. Or will ever see. Go well 🙌🙏 #MSDhoni
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 15, 2020
Never a conformist , always did things his way and his retirement is no different . आप ' पल दो पल के शायर 'से कई गुना ज़्यादा हैं और रहेंगे दोस्त । Thank you for so many lovely memories . Was an honour to play with and against you 🙏 @msdhoni
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) August 15, 2020
There is and will only be one MS Dhoni. Honestly, words have absolutely no depth and don’t justify what you’ve offered to India and to the world. Mahi bhai, I LOVE YOU! 💛 @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/yEAhJW4Cfs
— Krunal Pandya (@krunalpandya24) August 15, 2020
Can't imagine any one else wearing a Number 7 India jersey again. Thank you for the unforgettable memories #MSDhoni. See you in UAE.
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 15, 2020
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) August 15, 2020
There’s only one #MSDhoni. Thank you my friend and elder brother for being the biggest inspiration in my career. Will miss playing with you in the blue jersey but am sure you will always be there for me and will keep guiding me 🙏🏾🇮🇳 #7 pic.twitter.com/Q3j9pbcOGy
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 15, 2020
Thank you, পুরো দেশ তোমায় ভালবাসে 🚁🇮🇳💜
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) August 15, 2020
Our captain cool retires from International cricket today, bringing an era to an end. Undoubtedly the champion of champions and an incredible human being. You will be missed @msdhoni bhaiya. Thank you for all the memories. #MSDhoni
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) August 15, 2020
Congratulations @msdhoni on an incredible career. T20, ODI WC 🏆 winning captain and took India to No 1 Test team in the world. A man who grafted hard to get to the top and proceeded to keep us on the edge of our seats. #MSDhoni
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 15, 2020
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) August 15, 2020
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 15, 2020
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) August 15, 2020
To have a player like him,Mission Impossible. Na Koi Hai,Na Koi Tha, Na Koi Hoga MS ke jaisa. Players will come & go but there won’t be a calmer man like him. Dhoni with his connect with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket lovers. Om Finishaya Namah pic.twitter.com/glemkBUwWT
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 15, 2020
It was a privilege to have played with a friend and a cricketer who gave many laurels to our country on the cricketing field, very very greatly done on your career @msdhoni #dhoniretires pic.twitter.com/ksfbedyDnQ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 15, 2020
Congrats @msdhoni on a superb career.👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿
All the best for the next chapter, Champ!
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 15, 2020
— Devdutt Padikkal (@devdpd07) August 15, 2020
Welcome to the retirement club, MSD!
What a magical career! 🤝
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) August 15, 2020