MS Dhoni, lovingly called ‘Captain Cool’ by fans, on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket. Sharing a video on his official Instagram account, he wrote, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
Ranchi-born Dhoni is one of India’s most loved sportspersons. On the field, he was known for his calm demeanour and cool disposition even when things were not going his way.
MSD-led India won the 2007 T20 World Cup held in South Africa. In 2011, the Men in Blue won their second ODI World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy.
Apart from his captaincy, Mahi is also known as one of the best wicket-keepers and a destructive finisher batsman in limited-overs cricket and led the team to several unlikely wins through his batting.
Following the retirement announcement, celebrities expressed gratitude to Dhoni for treating them with his 16-year-long innings.
Here’s how celebs reacted on Twitter:
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) August 16, 2020
The greatest risk-taker our game has seen hangs the gloves through a lowkey IGTV post of a homemade slideshow of his highest & lowest days (including an image of his poster being burned) with Sahir's stoic, wise words on mortality as the BGM.
Jaate jaate bhi dil le gaya Kaptaan! pic.twitter.com/CucpeAueVB
— वरुण 🇮🇳 (@varungrover) August 16, 2020
To not see @msdhoni in the India squad is going to take some getting used to. Thank you Mahi, for the years of cricket glory, great captaincy and nail biting finishes. Best of luck for all that awaits. 👊🏼🇮🇳🏆
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 16, 2020
You entertained us!
You made us proud!
More than that, by staying calm in nerve racking moments, you inspired us!
This is a moment that is very hard to take…
You will be a torchbearer for generations to come…@msdhoni Sir, Thank You… 🤗🤗🙏🏼🙏🏼
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) August 16, 2020
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 15, 2020
End of an Era. Thank you @msdhoni for all the memories! All the best for your next innings. You filled a nation with belief and pride. One of the greatest of all time. 🙏🏽
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 15, 2020
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 15, 2020
How can I ever forget the iconic sixer!! World cup champions 2011 India!! Was in the stands at Wankhede, proud and tears rolling down… Cricket will never be the same… Take a bow @msdhoni 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/69vsf96820
— Mahesh Babu (@urstrulyMahesh) August 15, 2020
— Kartik Aaryan (@TheAaryanKartik) August 15, 2020
An exceptional player, an exemplary leader, an absolute class act on and off the field..A true legend!! Thank you for everything you have done for Indian cricket MS.. Wish you nothing but the best always 🙏🏼🇮🇳❤️ #Dhoni #dhoniretires #fangirlforever pic.twitter.com/dqDdUVhZsi
— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) August 15, 2020
As long as cricket and Dhoni is there he will never b able to retire from the mind of millions of people like me who admire his contributions to the world of cricket#DhoniRetires #Dhoni #msdhoni pic.twitter.com/cISjP1AJXA
— priyadarshan (@priyadarshandir) August 15, 2020
MS Dhoni retires from international cricket!
Thank you for being the source of happiness and pride for the last 16 years for every Indian !
— Pranitha Subhash (@pranitasubhash) August 15, 2020
— SONAL CHAUHAN (@sonalchauhan7) August 15, 2020
— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) August 15, 2020
मेरे प्यारे @msdhoni!
ज़िंदगी की असली उड़ान अभी बाक़ी है,
ज़िंदगी के कई इम्तिहान अभी बाक़ी है,
अभी तो नापी है मुट्ठी भर ज़मी हमने,
अभी तो सारा आसमान बाक़ी है!!!
हम भले ही आपको खेल के मैदान में मिस करें! लेकिन हमारे दिलों पर आप हमेशा राज करेंगे।जीते रहो।
आपका फ़िल्मी पिता।😍 pic.twitter.com/qdkn1lT0KJ
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 15, 2020
— Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) August 15, 2020
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) August 15, 2020
Immense respect for M.S Dhoni for not just being an outstanding player but also setting an exceptional example with his conduct and journey, on & beyond field https://t.co/cuRg79nUwP
— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) August 15, 2020