MS Dhoni has quashed all the hopes that his million fans would have had of once again seeing him play for the Indian cricket team after he announced to call it a day from international cricket via an Instagram post on Saturday, August 15th.
Dhoni last featured for Team India during the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand, post which he took an extended sabbatical from the game, quelling further speculations among fans and media that we might have seen the last of the great men in Indian colors.
Every time an Indian squad was announced for a bilateral series, speculations galored on Dhoni’s absence from the set-up more and more and especially after the BCCI excluded his name from the central contract list earlier this year.
MS Dhoni made his debut for India in 2004 and during the course of the next 15 years, the enigmatic, unflinching Ranchi-born cricketer went on to achieve almost everything that a cricketer can dream of. He led India to T20 World Cup triumph in 2007 before going on to become the first-ever captain to win all the three ICC titles- 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy- besides leading India to the N0.1 Test ranking in 2009.
Dhoni also impinged himself as one of the most shrewd tacticians of the game, something that we will only get to see in the IPL now. Following his retirement, social media has been poured in heartfelt messages for the legendary ‘once in a lifetime cricketer’
Here is Twitter reacted to MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket:
The 2011 World Cup win was @sachin_rt farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni … What an incredible international career … You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher … Cheers for all the memories MS ??
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 15, 2020
Welcome to the retirement club, MSD!
What a magical career! ?
— Kevin Pietersen? (@KP24) August 15, 2020
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
Dhoni retires as one of India's greatest cricketers but more significantly as one of our sport's most symbolic players. As India rose to dominate the game Dhoni was the bridge between the class of Tendulkar & the fire of Kohli, bringing ice-cool captaincy, big hitting & swagger.
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 15, 2020
To have a player like him,Mission Impossible. Na Koi Hai,Na Koi Tha, Na Koi Hoga MS ke jaisa. Players will come & go but there won’t be a calmer man like him. Dhoni with his connect with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket lovers. Om Finishaya Namah pic.twitter.com/glemkBUwWT
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 15, 2020
It was a privilege to have played with a friend and a cricketer who gave many laurels to our country on the cricketing field, very very greatly done on your career @msdhoni #dhoniretires pic.twitter.com/ksfbedyDnQ
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2020
Congrats @msdhoni on a superb career.??????
All the best for the next chapter, Champ!
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 15, 2020
Greatest Captain of India and one of the best finisher in the world.
It's end of an era.
Thanks @msdhoni for all the memorable moment's.
Helicopter shots will be missed…..#DhoniRetires
— ?????? ???????????? (@IamDimuth) August 15, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 15, 2020
— Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) August 15, 2020
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) August 15, 2020
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
#MSDhoni announces his retirement from International cricket today. Not only India but the world cricket will miss a great cricketer and an equally good human being. I wish him luck for all his future endeavour and like they say"The show must go on". pic.twitter.com/x8bG1aiEpX
— Ranendra Pratap Swain (@rajaaswain) August 15, 2020
Congratulations @msdhoni on an incredible career. T20, ODI WC ? winning captain and took India to No 1 Test team in the world. A man who grafted hard to get to the top and proceeded to keep us on the edge of our seats. #MSDhoni
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 15, 2020
— Sreedhar Pillai (@sri50) August 15, 2020
MS Dhoni retires from international cricket!
Under his captaincy, India had won:
* 2007 ICC World Twenty20
* 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups
* 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup
* 2013 ICC Champions Trophy
Cricket won't be the same without you
— Mahesh Vikram Hegde (@mvmeet) August 15, 2020
— Sonal Kalra (@sonalkalra) August 15, 2020
And the legend of legends, one in his own league, the enigma, the destroyer, the terminator, the unpredictable, the aggressive, the leader, the champion of champions retires from International cricket. #MSDhoni you have been a true patriot & servant of mother India?????? pic.twitter.com/o4PAkmAayV
— Rahul Mehra (@TheRahulMehra) August 15, 2020
— Ananya Bhattacharya (@ananya116) August 15, 2020
MS Dhoni’s first international innings : Run out
MS Dhoni’s last international innings : Run out
You will always remain our captain.#MSDhoni
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) August 15, 2020
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) August 15, 2020
— G.V.Prakash Kumar (@gvprakash) August 15, 2020
BREAKING S Dhoni has announced retirement from international cricket
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) August 15, 2020
— Madhav Sharma (@HashTagCricket) August 15, 2020
#MSDhoni announces his retirement from international cricket ?
Thank you captain fantastic for bringing a smile to one billion Indians. Watching the Indian cricket team play will never be the same without you!
Thank you for the beautiful memories.#MSDhoniRetires pic.twitter.com/bdo61BuOSs
— Zeeshan Siddique (@zeeshan_iyc) August 15, 2020
What a way to announce it for Media.
Right from this moment, it looked as if he planned, played his last game in India, skipped next two games in that series so that he plays his last India game at Home, with Camo. #Dhoni #MSDhoni #DhoniRetires ? pic.twitter.com/g2S0B3orwI
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) August 15, 2020
— Swati Subhedar (@swatiSubhedar) August 15, 2020
— Pradeep Bhandari(प्रदीप भंडारी) (@pradip103) August 15, 2020
#MSDhoni retired from international cricket. The juggler from a small town who gave us hope that we could get past the resourceful big city people with our passion, grit and streetsmart skills.
Thank you for all the memories master.
You'll always remain our captain. pic.twitter.com/JGKloDXdAe
— Rohit Vats (@nawabjha) August 15, 2020
Undoubtedly one of the greatest captains in the history of not just Indian cricket, but also world Cricket as a whole. Under his leadership, the Indian team has touched new heights and his achievements will remain etched forever in the annals of Indian cricket ❤️#MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/BrBokVxmYS
— Prithvi (@Prithvi1017) August 15, 2020
Definitely the most inspiring & exemplary leader and player for me to come out of India,a humble sportsman and the only captain to have all the ICC trophies to his credit. Farewell..#MSDhoni https://t.co/DUwJRF91Zf
— zainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) August 15, 2020
No media speculations.
No formal announcements.
No press meet.
No grand goodbye game.
No final speech.
Not even a single clue.
An IGTV video with a classic Hindi song. What a way to say it. Probably the coolest ever. #MSDhoni, for you.
— Siddarth Srinivas (@sidhuwrites) August 15, 2020
#MSDhoni announces retirement from International Cricket. Big loss to Indian team. He deserved a big farewell, but he least expects it
— Sathish Kumar M (@sathishmsk) August 15, 2020
Legend #MSDhoni has announced his retirement as an Indian national cricket team player. He won't be playing in ODIs & T20Is any more, he had already retired from Test cricket in Dec 2014!
— Kaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) August 15, 2020
Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket. ? #MSDhoni
— Awanish Sharan (@AwanishSharan) August 15, 2020
— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) August 15, 2020
— மு.குணசேகரன் Gunasekaran (@GunasekaranMu) August 15, 2020
Looks like MS Dhoni has hit a helicopter out of nowhere. When every one was looking forward to see him in Yellow @ChennaiIPL he has sprung a surprise about Blues ?? !!! ??
— Prabhu (@Cricprabhu) August 15, 2020
— ABHIJEET DAS (@abhijeetdas23) August 15, 2020
It breaks my heart to think what Sushant Singh Rajput must have said on this if he was between us ?. This is a sad,sad phase though. #MSDhoni
— Udit (@udit_buch) August 15, 2020
— VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) August 15, 2020