MS Dhoni Retirement Was Shocking, Wanted To Give Big Send-Off: KL Rahul

MS Dhoni Retirement Was Shocking, Wanted To Give Big Send-Off: KL Rahul

KL Rahul, MS Dhoni
KL Rahul with MS Dhoni. (Credits - AFP)

MS Dhoni brought an end to all the speculations surrounding his future by calling time on his career. Dhoni took to Instagram to announce his retirement on Independence Day and since then the flurry of tributes has not stopped pouring in. There has been a mixed reaction among the cricket fraternity since his retirement with Team India wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul expressing his shock.

“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.

MS Dhoni Retirement Was Shocking, Wanted To Give Big Send-Off: KL Rahul
MS Dhoni and KL Rahul. (Credits: Twitter)
Rahul said that it was quite shocking for him to learn about the decision taken by Dhoni. He also added that whoever played under him in the team, wanted to give him a big send-off. As for the Karnataka batsman, he wanted Dhoni to play one more time, so that he could do something special for him.

“It was quite shocking. I was honestly heartbroken. I’m sure all of us in the team or whoever has played under him and with him would have wanted to give him a big send-off and wanted him to play one more time so we could have had that opportunity to do something special for him. It is what it is,” Rahul told ESPNCricinfo.

MS 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.

MS Dhoni, KL Rahul, Dinesh Karthik
MS Dhoni (Credits – BCCI)

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.