Cricket has always been seen as something which could transcends boundaries between India and Pakistan and MS Dhoni’s retirement has showed it once again. The former India skipper announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.
Tributes have been pouring in from all quarters for the legendary cricket and Pakistan cricket fraternity has also joined the bandwagon. Despite the poor bilateral relation between the two nations and MS Dhoni breaking Pakistani hearts on numerous occasions, fans and cricketers from Pakistan took to Twitter to pay him glowing tributes.
Legendary cricketers like Shoaib Akhtar, Sana Mir and Shahid Afridi were joined by hundreds of fans to pay tribute to the India stalwart. They lauded MS Dhoni for his contribution to the game and uplifting the status of the game globally. Some Pakistan fans even wished that they had a captain like MS Dhoni.
Here are some of the reactions:
No words can do justice to the contribution by this Great Leader and one of the best finisher of the game. Thank you @msdhoni for your exemplary performance to uplift the status of the sport globally. https://t.co/u9g6Iw9ZMF
— Sana Mir ثناء میر (@mir_sana05) August 15, 2020
One of the true legends of Indian cricket and one of the greatest captains, congratulations on a great career MS Dhoni! All the best for your future. https://t.co/ruw8hQ5z8Z
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) August 15, 2020
Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from international cricket. The story of cricket will never be complete without him. Video tribute coming up shortly. What a legend! #DhoniRetires #mahendrasinghdhoni pic.twitter.com/iFdFdHulRX
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) August 15, 2020
Grew up watching Pakistan bully & thrash India with ease.
The man changed India's approach to cricket, which altered the landscape of the Indo-Pak rivalry. Indian began beating us & rest of the world. CAPTAIN COOLEST!
Also, he's arguably the best finisher EVER.
— Socially Isolated (@Umar_Khan10) August 15, 2020
One off the My favorite cricketer In world M.S Dhoni We will Miss you Legend 😐😐😐Love and Respect From Pakistan🇵🇰🇵🇰🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/lfMOVQzVWY
— Abdullah Abbaxi (@AbdullahAbbaxi4) August 15, 2020
One of the greats of Cricket, one of my favourite cool captain and a classical wicket-keeper batsman Ms Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket. One thing that surprised me was that he is happy without a farewell. Cricket will miss u. Love from Pakistan! 🇵🇰#MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/tALF4csrub
— Danish Kaleem (@danesh_kaleem) August 15, 2020
Wish Pakistan had captain like Dhoni Love and Respect from Pakistan ❤
— حمزہ کلیم بٹ (@hamzabutt61) August 15, 2020
— Kamran Baloch Lashkarani (@Kamranlashkrani) August 15, 2020
Ms dhoni was a legend ..he was my favorite captain in international cricket and he was well known as Mr cool …I Never saw him being nervous in a cricket field that show we all will miss him in cricketing world he was a real champions lot of respect from Pakistan 🇵🇰🇵🇰@msdhoni pic.twitter.com/tPHmuMiRRe
— Anas Malik (@Anasmalik349) August 15, 2020
I'm from Pakistan yet i feel so sad, Mahi was "the captain cool" , the man who left everybody in awe because of his sportsmanship, I'll miss seeing him on fields, I'll miss his wicket keeping, I'll miss his sincere dedication that he had towards his team.#MSDhoniretires #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/BxbF9B3NjV
— Javeria kamran (@Javeriakamran13) August 15, 2020
The most decorated skipper in the history of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni led India to glory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. Till date, he is the only captain to have won all the ICC tournaments. Under him, India also rose to the top of the ICC Test rankings for the very first time.
The 39-year old, who finished with 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 in ODIs, is the fifth Indian to surpass the 10,000-run mark in the 50-over format. In T20Is, he played 98 games, scoring 1617 runs at a strike rate of 126.13.
MS Dhoni will be seen in action next when the IPL starts next month. The Chennai Super Kings landed in Chennai on Friday and is currently attending a pre-season camp. The team will leave for UAE on August 21. IPL 2020 starts on September 19 while the final is scheduled to take place on November 10.
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