MS Dhoni brought down the curtain on his career bringing an end to all the speculations. It was a mixed feelings for fans and cricket fraternity as one of the greatest ever white-ball captains called time on his tremendous career. However, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar who shared the dressing room with MS Dhoni, is not shocked on his decision.
The decision to retire for MS Dhoni came after he took an indefinite sabbatical from the game following the 2019 World Cup. Tendulkar said that he is not surprised on his call as he retired in his 40th year and not when he was 33-34. “No. My reaction would have been different had Dhoni been 33 or 34. He’s in his 40th year,” Sachin Tendulkar told The Print.
“I’m sure, some years down the line, Dhoni will sit back and smile with satisfaction at having been such an inspiration pan India,” he added.
“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.