India’s tennis star Sania Mirza has paid tribute to the former India skipper MS Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday (August 15). Sania thanked Dhoni for his immense contribution to the Indian cricket and said that he is one of her all-time favourite athletes.
“#DHONI what a legend you are .. one of my all time fav athletes and personalities on and off the field .. thank you for everything you have done and good luck with the future… it’s been an honor to be an athlete in the same era as you from the same country,” Mirza tweeted.
#DHONI what a legend you are .. one of my all time fav athletes and personalities on and off the field .. thank you for everything you have done and good luck with the future .. it’s been an honor to be an athlete in the same era as you from the same country 🙏🏽
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) August 16, 2020
Dhoni bid farewell to the game by making the announcement on Instagram. He shared a nostalgic montage, capturing ups and downs of his 16-year-long glittering career.
In her Instagram session last month, the tennis diva revealed she wants to have lunch with the wicket-keeping batsman.
“I have just said hello to Dhoni a few times but we aren’t friends. I would like to have lunch with him. I am a huge fan,” Mirza had said.
The 39-years-old left behind an indelible legacy as India might struggle to find his replacement anytime soon. He is the only captain in the history of the game to have won all three International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments – 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy in England.
The retirement also brought an abrupt end to the years of speculations and rumours swirling around his future. He played his last international match in the semi-final defeat against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup.
Dhoni, however, will continue to lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming edition of the highly coveted Indian Premier League (IPL). The tournament is slated to commence between September 19 and November 10.