A man of few words but huge sixes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni declared his retirement from international cricket in an inimitable, understated manner.
“Thanks. Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours, consider me retired.”
This was the caption on the evening of August 15 on his official Instagram account — mahi7781 — from the former captain of India who led India to the title of the 2011 World Cup.
Captain cool’s Farewell
Social media was abuzz with his name and #DhoniRetires trending online after his retirement announcement, and tributes poured in from all directions recalling some of his greatest contributions to Indian cricket and how he changed the game for many cricket enthusiasts forever. While they kept rallying for him and demanding a farewell match, business brands too joined in to show their love for Dhoni.
From Google India to Zomato, a lot of brands wished the cricketer good luck for the next innings of his life. The brand, Amul, in particular, shared a tribute video which left all the fans emotional.
“You’re always going to be my captain,” India skipper Virat Kohli said on Sunday to MS Dhoni, expressing appreciation for the “friendship and confidence” he received from the talismanic senior. In an almost minute-long video posted on the official Twitter account of the BCCI, Kohli said the retirement of Dhoni is that rare moment in his life when he lacks enough words to articulate his thoughts.
Team India head coach Ravi Shastri also posted a special video message for the batsman wicket-keeper, who also holds a Lt. Colonel’s honorary rank in the Territorial Army.
The retirement of M.S. Dhoni marked the retirement of an era in the history of Indian cricket. It will be a herculean task to fill the void left by one of the most important cricketers. However, the cricketer will continue to partake in IPL as part of the Chennai Super Kings.
MS Dhoni – An Inspiration to Many
Dhoni is an Indian cricketer who rose to prominence in the early twenty-first century culminated in his captaincy of the Indian national team which won the one-day Cricket World Cup in 2011.
- In 2004, Dhoni made his worldwide cricket debut.
- His skills with the bat got him to the fore in an innings of 148 runs towards Pakistan in his 5th global match.
- He joined the India Test team within a year, where he quickly established himself against Pakistan with a century (100 or more runs in one single inning).
- Despite his inexperience, Dhoni took over the one-day-captaincy in 2007 and led India to win the T20 world cup.
- The team won over Australia and Sri Lanka, amongst others, for the first time in December 2009, pushed India to the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) test rankings.
- In 2008 and 2009 Dhoni was awarded the ICC One Day International Player of the Year Award for his performance.
- Dhoni’s dashing innings of 91 not out in the 2011 one-day World Cup — fronting a home crowd in Mumbai — paved the way for India’s final victory over Sri Lanka.
- The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honor.
- He has also led India to an appearance in the 2015 Cricket World Cup semifinals.
- In 2017 Dhoni started serving as India’s captain, leading his country in 331 international matches, most for a captain in the history of the sport.
- In 2008, the T20 cricket explosion on the Indian subcontinent paved the way for Indian Premier League (IPL) creation. During the inaugural season of the league, Dhoni signed for one and a half million deal with the Chennai Super Kings, which at the time was the biggest contract. He then led the team on two consecutive championships (2010, 2011).
- In 2016, for its involvement in a match-fixing scandal, CSK got a two-season suspension from the IPL and Dhoni joined the Growing Pune Supergiant afterwards. He returned to the Chennai Super Kings in 2018, and the team won the IPL title in that year.
- Having won 24 tests, Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test Captain.
- In Test matches, he’s the highest-scoring wicketkeeper.
M.S. – Dhoni: The Untold Story is a biographical Bollywood movie directed by Neeraj Pandey and is centered on the cricketer’s life. The film features Sushant Singh Rajput as the cricketer.