It was going to be sooner or later that MS Dhoni calls time on his glorious international career. Nevertheless, it was sudden as MS Dhoni announced his departure from international cricket through an Instagram post from his official handle. Former Indian Test cricketer VVS Laxman has conveyed his emotions on the former captain’s retirement.
VVS Laxman was arguably one of the greatest Test batsmen and was part of India’s side, captained by MS Dhoni that held the number one ranking for a long time. India remained unbreached in home conditions under MS Dhoni for a long duration and VVS Laxman formed a fulcrum of its dominance. Laxman called time on his international career in 2012 while the keeper-batsman retired from Tests in 2014.
VVS Laxman took to his official Twitter account and recollected his journey from being a small-town boy and rising through the ranks to become one of the celebrated cricketers and shrewd captains. He thanked the 39-year old for all the memories and considered his privilege to play alongside him.
Below is VVS Laxman’s tweet for MS Dhoni:
Seeing Dhoni’s journey from a small town boy into a match-winner and one of the most astute leaders the world has seen was remarkable. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Mahi. It was my privilege to play alongside you and I will always cherish the memories we shared together. pic.twitter.com/NgCUdR6aSN
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 15, 2020
The speculations kept burning about his international future as MS Dhoni perished from the Old Trafford after being run out by Martin Guptill in the 2019 World Cup semi-final. He took a sabbatical, served the Indian army, and did some training drills but made himself available for India’s international fixtures.
The impending good news is that the 39-year old will ply his trade for the Chennai Super Kings in the UAE in the forthcoming IPL season. Under Dhoni, the yellow army has lifted the title three times, and reached the playoffs in every season they played in. The veteran captained the national team to victories in the T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup, and the Champions Trophy in a career spanning from 2004-2020.