Former India crickter MS Dhoni has drawn the curtains on his international career and the reason why he bid adieu to the sport is because of his love for August 15, India’s Independence Day.
Mihir Diwakar, MS Dhoni’s manager, said his career was for India and he is a true patriot and there could have been no bigger day than this to say goodbye to the game on international level. Diwakar also revealed that discussions about his retirement were ongoing but the date was not decided. He added that Dhoni’s main priority now is the Indian Premier League.
MS Dhoni brought an end to a year-long speculation with a simple Instagram post and brought the entire nation to a standstill. Dhoni had not played for India after the team’s exit in the semifinal of 2019 World Cup against New Zealand.
The stalwart was expected to feature in the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia this year but the tournament got postponed until October 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The 39-year-old made the exit just after joining his teammates at a CSK training camp in Chennai on Saturday.
MS Dhoni uploaded a 4 minutes and 7 seconds video on Instragram, showing pictures from different phases of his almost 16-year-long international career. Minutes after, his Chennai Super Kings deputy Suresh Raina also called it a day and joined his captain in retirement.
MS Dhoni’s exit from Test cricket in 2014 was also a low-key affair as he just called it a day after playing in the Boxing Day Test match against Australia. There was no big press conferenece and no other hypes surrounding it. In 2017, he stepped down from the limited overs captaincy, again without creating much of a buzz.
The 39-year-old happens to be the only captain in the world to win all the 3 ICC trophies. He led India to a 50-overs World Cup win in 2011 and brought end to a 28-year long wait for the nation. In 2013 he won ICC Champions Trophy with a young India team. His T20 World Cup triumph in 2007 was the foundation stone for his supreme captaincy skills which the world was about to witness.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said MS Dhoni’s departure was an end of era and that he would finish with no regrets.
“It is the end of an era. What a player he has been for the country and world cricket. His leadership qualities have been something, which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game,” Sourav Ganguly said in a BCCI release.
“His batting in one-day cricket in his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance. Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one. He has set the standards for the wicketkeepers to come and make a mark for the country. He will finish with no regrets on the field. An outstanding career; I wish him the best in life,” Sourav Ganguly said in a statement.