A legend of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, hung his boots on Saturday evening (August 15). The former India captain, popularly known as “captain cool”, could not have announced his retirement from international cricket in a better way.
Taking to Instagram, Dhoni shared a montage video which slides through pictures of his playing days with the Indian team and the song ” Main pal do pal ka shayar hu” runs in the background.
Dhoni wrote in a caption for the video: “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
Dhoni after taking over as skipper back in 2007, brought immediate success by winning India the inaugural T20 cricket World Cup followed by the much-coveted 2011 50-over World Cup and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. Also known as a dependable ‘finisher’, Dhoni won many matches for India from the mouth of defeat.
The Chennai Super Kings skipper, who will lead the franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPl) this year, had retired from Test cricket in 2014 and had handed over ODI and T20 captaincy to current India captain Virat Kohli in January 2017.
The wicket-keeper batsman ends his international career with 17266 runs from 538 matches. He has 16 centuries and 108 half-centuries to his name. His last international outing in an Indian jersey was the ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final match against New Zealand which India lost by 18 runs. He had made 50 of 72 deliveries in that match.
Besides being India’s most successful captain, Dhoni set high standards when it came to wicket-keeping and also earned his name as one of the finest stumpers in the history of cricket. With 829 dismissals across the three formats in international cricket (634 catches, 195 stumpings), Dhoni finishes third on the list of wicketkeepers with most dismissals, only behind Mark Boucher (998) and Adam Gilchrist (905).
Following the footsteps of Dhoni, just a few minutes after he announced his retirement, senior Indian cricketer Suresh Raina also announced retirement from international cricket. The left-handed run machine is currently in Chennai with Dhoni to participate in the CSK pre-season conditioning camp ahead of the IPL.
Raina also announced his retirement via Instagram where he posted a picture of him having food alongside Dhoni and other CSK teammates. In the caption for the picture, he wrote,”It was nothing but lovely playing with you. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind.”
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Raina managed to play only 18 test matches for India scoring 768 runs in 31 innings, which included a century and 7 fifties. He played 226 ODI’s and 78 T20Is scoring 5615 runs and 1605 runs, respectively.
Raina has been irregular in the Indian team since the 2015 World Cup. He was not part of the ODI team from late 2016 to 2018. He was dropped from the T20 side after India’s tour of England in 2018.