MS Dhoni announced his retirement on Independence Day as the entire cricket fraternity was left stunned. “Mein pal do pal ka shaayar hu…..,” said the song which played in the background of MS Dhoni’s retirement showreel. Although, Dhoni at his humble best, might consider himself as ‘pal do pal ka shaayar’, for fans he will always remain a legend of the game.
Hearts broke as the 2011 World Cup winning captain announced his retirement via Instagram. But tributes have not stopped pouring in ever since then. West Indies legend Ian Bishop shared his emotions about MS Dhoni and said that he was every man’s leader, authoritative but down to earth.
“He was an every man’s leader to his team, authoritative but yet down-to-earth enough and approachable to the members under him,” Ian Bishop said while speaking in a video for the International Cricket Council.
“That whole sense of confidence and self-belief he had was unobtrusive in that you never felt any level of significant arrogance. I think wearing your leadership so lightly is a good thing. History will remember him kindly for that.
“As a cricket brain, the shorter the formats became, the more you saw the computer-like cricket brain behind many of his decisions. But yet, he was able to be instinctive. Just the marriage of that allows us to remember his international journey as a significant one in India’s chapter of leadership and world cricket as well.”
Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.
All the success had made him one of the most influential person on the cricketing circuit but he was not the same when he was first introduced to the national team. Besides that, MS Dhoni has also been the go-to man for his teammates whenever he was on the field.
Dhoni understood the game well. He knew the strength of the side and backs his players accordingly. He did not takes any kind of frivolous decisions and likes to maintain his calm. It is due to these qualities Dhoni came up as one of the most calm and composed character on the cricket field.