The most unconventional cricketer and the most successful captain of India Mahendra Singh Dhoni hung up his Blue Indian Jersey on 15th August, Saturday. The aced cricketer confirmed his retirement through a video on Instagram.
Dhoni 39, on his official Instagram page, shared a heart whelming Video with the caption,” “Thanks – Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
However, the Ex-captain will be seen in the upcoming IPL2020 Matches which will be held in Dubai this coming month. Rohit Sharma in his tweet said, “One of the most influential man in the history of Indian cricket. His impact in & around cricket was massive. He was a man with vision and a master in knowing how to build a team” he also further added, ““Will surely miss him in blue but we have him in yellow. See you on 19th at the toss,”
The announcement marked Dhoni’s last International game in Blue Jersey would remain the semifinal of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in which India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs. which will be remembered for his 50 off 72 balls before being run-out by a bullet throw from Martin Guptill.
Dhoni played total of 538 International games, out of which 90 Test matches of total 4876 runs with an average of over 38. 350 ODI matches of total 10,773 runs with an all time steady average of 50.6.
India’s current captain Viral Kholi who grew up under ‘The Guru” said, “you will always be my captain”
In a nearly minute-long video posted on BCCI’s Official tweeter page kholi expressed the retirement of the talisman is the rarest moment in his life that he does not have enough words to express his thoughts.
After Dhoni’s announcement, his former teammate Suresh Raina followed his Captain’s footsteps and declared his retirement also from the International level. However, Both will be seen playing for the Yellow team in The Upcoming IPL.
Dhoni retires as the most successful captain in limited over international, with ICC champions trophy -2007, T20 World Cup 2007, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his belt. He is the only Captain to do so.