It was one of the saddest moments on Saturday when former Indian captain MS Dhoni unveiled his retirement news via Instagram on Saturday. MS Dhoni quietly walked away from international cricket without announcing his intention to play one last game for India. A few voices did call for it; however, former IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla has brushed aside any such plans.
MS Dhoni’s last game for India was the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup final against New Zealand, which India lost. Since then, not only he has not played for India but stayed away from all competitive cricket. Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren requested the BCCI to stage a farewell match for the keeper-batsman. The 39-year old donned the national colours in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is.
Rajeev Shukla told ANI that since MS Dhoni never asked for a farewell game, there would not be any such match held. The minute the former Indian captain announced his retirement; tributes started pouring in from cricketers around the world. The likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, VVS Laxman, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin expressed their emotions.
“Dhoni never expressed any will to the BCCI for a farewell match for him. Since he never raised it, there is no question of any such match,” Shukla stated.
MS Dhoni and his plethora of achievements:
MS Dhoni took over as the limited-overs captain after India’s 2007 50-over World Cup debacle, where they could not get past the group stage. The 39-year old guided India to the summit in the first T20 World Cup held in South Africa in 2007. In 2008, he wore the captain’s hat in Test cricket as well, ushering India to the top of the rankings in 2009.
Two years later, the men in blue lifted their second ODI World Cup in 2011. Dhoni was instrumental in the final, striking an unbeaten 91 to lead the team to victory by six wickets. In another two years, India stood triumphant in the Champions Trophy by beating the hosts England in Edgbaston. The men in blue romped to victory, unbeaten in the tournament. His 350 ODIs produced 10773 runs at 50.57.