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Dhoni left Test cricket in December 2014 and there was intense speculation as to when an explosive wicket-keeper batsman would hang up his limited-overs shoes in international cricket. Speculation intensified after the former captain took a break from the game after the ICC ODI World Cup earlier this year and joined the Indian Army’s own regiment for a short stint. He made himself unavailable in the limited-overs series against the West Indies in the Caribbean and South Africa.
Announcing the news on his Instagram page, Dhoni wrote, “Thank you very much for your love and support. I have been considered retired since 1929”.
An Indian selector was quoted as saying that the very experienced wicket-keeper batsman had actually given five intelligent men time to form a team to keep an eye on the 2020 World T20 in Australia.
Dhoni’s future in international cricket was the subject of heated debate and there were enough indications that the selectors had started planning for the emergence of Rishabh Pant and the future with the likes of Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha and Ishan Kishan. wing.
Coming from Jharkhand, Dhoni became the most decorated captain of India. His first major achievement as a captain was leading India to the inaugural edition of the 2007 World T20 title. The entire nation woke up to the event which was ‘Mahi’ as India won the title by defeating Pakistan in the final.
Four years later India won their second ODI World Cup title under Dhoni’s captaincy. MSD made the final in Sri Lankan style versus the final with a stunning six at the Wankhede Stadium on 2 April 2011. His unbeaten 91-run knock in the final will always be remembered as one of the best ever played in a World Cup final. Encounter.
Dhoni entered the Indian ODI team in December 2004 with the help of his explosive batting, but his fifth ODI against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam on 5 April 2005 – when ‘Dhoni the Star’ was born as he attacked Pakistan Was broken to pulp, scoring a blitzkrieg 148.
There was no search for Dhoni after that match and he became one of India’s most popular cricketers. In 2008, under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the CB Series ODI Tri-Nations tournament in Australia, a major series win for Men in Blue.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India also won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. Dhoni is in fact the only captain in world cricket to have won all three ICC limited overs titles (T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy)
Dhoni also topped India in the ICC Test rankings.
Dhoni was also honored with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), Padma Shri (2009) and Padma Bhushan (2018).
He was also the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009, becoming the first cricketer to win the award twice.
One of the most popular and favorite cricketers in the country and the world, MS Dhoni leaves behind a magnificent legacy.
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