The former captain of the Indian Cricket team, M.S. Dhoni announced his retirement from International Cricket. He made this announcement on 15th August 2020, a Saturday, and brought down the curtain on a successful career. He was the only skipper who won all the three ICC (International Cricket Council) trophies – The World Cup, Twenty 20 World, and also the Champions trophy.
Dhoni posted on Instagram, thanks for all the love and support he got throughout his career and announced that from 1929 hours he was to be considered as retired.
M.S. Dhoni will play in the 13th edition of the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings.
On January 2017, this skipper had stepped down from the captaincy of ODI after retiring from tests in 2014, on December 30th, in Australia. Dhoni, who is from Ranchi, was the one who led India in 72 T201s and 199 ODI’s.
Dhoni was selected as a captain in the year 2007. He led our country to the top of the rankings of the world tests. He is the only player who captained in more than 50 matches in all the three formats.
It was in the year 2004 that M.S. Dhoni made his debut in International Cricket. He rose gradually through the ranks in cricket.
Dhoni guided India to the World Twenty 20 title in South Africa in the inaugural. This was after he was made captain in the year 2007.
He succeeded Rahul Dravid and became the captain in ODI. He ascended to full-time captain in Test after Anil Kumble retired.
There are many points of crescendo in the career of M.S. Dhoni, but the crowning moment was when he hit that very powerful six over long-off off a ball from Nuwan Kulasekera . This ball ended the 28-year long wait of India for a second World Cup in the ODI.
Dhoni’s retirement was confirmed by the BCCI via a media release on 15th August at 9.18 pm.
The BCCI said that Dhoni was one of the most respected and admired cricketers. He had a sharp understanding and a calm demeanor with astute leadership qualities. He is considered to be one of the cricketers who is most successful.
Dhoni became the first captain and the only one to win all the three ICC Champion’s Trophy. This was after he won the ICC Champions Trophy in England in the year 2013.
It was under the leadership of this skipper that India became the number one Test side in the year 2009. The team managed to stay at the top for almost 600 days. He led India to victory in almost 21 test matches on home grounds.
The legacy he left will be tough to replicate, M.S. Dhoni holds the record for most International cricket matches as a captain. This is 332 matches.
He is one of the quickest men behind the wickets and has had 195 stumping in the International matches. These stumpings are the most made by any wicket-keeper.