Former Indian captain MS Dhoni shocked the cricketing fraternity by announcing his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. MS Dhoni has been away from competitive cricket since more than a year now with speculations about his future getting loud. In the wake of this, Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reacted to the keeper-batsman’s retirement.
Ravichandran Ashwin made his international debut under MS Dhoni back in 2010. The Jharkhand-born cricketer saw him rising through the ranks in the Chennai Super Kings for whom Ashwin became a match-winner. It was the start of the off-spinner’s meteoric rise in international cricket and at the moment, Ashwin has 365 scalps in 71 Tests.
Ravichandran Ashwin took to his official Twitter handle and wrote that the 39-year old has achieved it all for the country. During his career, MS Dhoni, the captain, guided India to the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy in 2013. Additionally, the yellow army has lifted the IPL trophy three times and Ashwin was part of two campaigns.
Below is Ashwin’s tweet for MS Dhoni:
The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 15, 2020
While he has hung up his boots from international cricket, MS Dhoni will play for Chennai in the upcoming season of the IPL to be contested in the UAE. He came within one step of guiding the Super Kings to their fourth title last year. Dhoni’s final international game was against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. The right-handed batsman battled to a half-century but could not take the men in blue over the finish line. The veteran retires after featuring in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is.