The most successful Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni took to his Instagram account Saturday evening to announce his retirement from international cricket. He is the only captain in the history of the game to win all ICC trophies.
“Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”: read MS Dhoni’s video message on Instagram, confirming his retirement.
The Ranchi-born “Wonderboy” of Indian cricket had last played international cricket during the semifinal of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup where India lost to New Zealand. He is the country’s most successful limited overs international captain – with three ICC trophies – T20 World Cup 2007, 50 over World Cup 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – to his name. It was in 2015, Mahi, as he is lovingly called by one and all, had announced his retirement from Test cricket. But he kept playing ODI and T20 for the next five years, leading India into the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20 in India.
Dhoni, 39, will lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming IPL in UAE and is, at present, in Chennai with the Chennai Super Kings team. He will be a part of the training camp before leaving for the UAE.
It was against Bangladesh in December 2004 that Mahi had made his ODI debut, playing his maiden Test a year later against Sri Lanka. He is the first player to have won the ICC ODI player of the year in 2008 and 2009, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna in 2007, Padma Shri in 2009 and Padma Bhushan in 2018. Dhoni has also had the honour of being named as the captain of ICC World ODI XI teams five times as captain. In 2011, the Indian Territorial Army had conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni.