Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is not shocked with MS Dhoni’s decision of hanging up his boots at the age of 39. Tendulkar admitted he would have been shocked if Dhoni would have retired at the age of 34. He also said that the 2011 World Cup winning captain will be happy and satisfied with whatever he has achieved which has helped him become an inspiration for plenty of youngsters across India.
Recalling his favourite moment of Dhoni, Tendulkar, turned back the clock and went to the Faisalabad Test in 2005-06 where the former India captain was in rampant form. Dhoni was onsong in the match as he also went on to notch up 148 runs off 153 balls. He had already taken on Akhtar and hit him all over the park which left the fast bowler frustrated.
Tendulkar said that during that match when Dhoni hooked a bouncer from Shoaib Akhtar for a maximum was his favourite memory of him.
“Hmmm… That six to win the 2011 World Cup is there, but my favourite memory is of Dhoni hooking a Shoaib Akhtar bouncer for six in the Faisalabad Test (2005-’06). I was the non-striker and it was wow,” Sachin Tendulkar told The Print.
“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.
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.