‘Na koi hai, na koi tha, na koi hoga MS ke jaisa’ – Cricketers around the world salute MS Dhoni as he announces retirement
In an international career that spanned from 2004 to 2019, MS Dhoni scored more than 16,000 international runs and has more than 800 dismissals in international cricket under his name.
Updated - Aug 16, 2020 12:46 pm
The only captain to have won all the ICC trophies be it the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup or 2013 Champions Trophy, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from all formats of international cricket on Saturday.
Many speculations were doing rounds in the cricketing world regarding the legend’s retirement for over a year now. Finally, putting an end to all the speculations and rumors surrounding his future, Dhoni quietly walked away from the gentleman’s game by making an announcement via his official Instagram handle.
The Ranchi Stalwart wrote, “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 19:29 hrs consider me as retired”
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The news came as a shocker for many as his fans believed that the veteran cricketer would make a comeback to the Indian cricket team after performing in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League as Chennai Super Kings’ captain.
The former Indian captain had taken an indefinite sabbatical from the game right after the semi-final match of World Cup 2019 and hasn’t played a single match since then. Also, he was removed from BCCI’s list of contracted players earlier this year.
All being said, Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket can be considered as an end of a glorious era of Indian cricket. From a small-town boy from Ranchi, Dhoni went on to become India’s most decorated wicketkeeper and captain. He is hailed as one of the best captains and finishers to have embraced the modern game of cricket.
Cricketers around the world react to the news
In his golden career of 15 years, Dhoni has given numerous good memories to the Indian cricket fans to cherish for life. His iconic six at Wankhede Stadium on April 2, 2011, and knock of 91 not out in the final will always be remembered as one of the brilliant knocks in cricket history.
In an international career that spanned from 2004 to 2019, MS Dhoni scored more than 16,000 international runs and has more than 800 dismissals in international cricket under his name. From Sachin Tendulkar to Irfan Pathan, cricketers took to Twitter to react to the news.
Here are the best tweets from cricketers around the world on MS Dhoni’s retirement
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
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
— 𝑫𝒊𝒎𝒖𝒕𝒉 𝑲𝒂𝒓𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒉𝒏𝒂 (@IamDimuth) August 15, 2020
— Mithun Manhas (@MithunManhas) August 15, 2020
Not an azaadi cricket lovers wanted from.
Thank you for the innumerable memories together and wish you a great and equally inspiring life ahead. https://t.co/WtT0Xd3A8H
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 15, 2020
From “India A” to “The India” our journey has been full of question marks, commas, blanks & exclamations. Now as you put a full stop to your chapter, I can tell u from experience that the new phase is as exciting and there’s no limit to DRS here!!! Well played @msdhoni @BCCI
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) August 15, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) August 15, 2020
— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 15, 2020
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) August 15, 2020
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) 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
Congratulations on a wonderful career @msdhoni !You were one of the best captains ever to step onto a cricket field & I m blessed to have shared some special moments with you! I wish you and your family the same success in your next innings! #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/uH0qoJcNyi
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) August 15, 2020
Never a conformist , always did things his way and his retirement is no different . आप ' पल दो पल के शायर 'से कई गुना ज़्यादा हैं और रहेंगे दोस्त । Thank you for so many lovely memories . Was an honour to play with and against you 🙏 @msdhoni
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) August 15, 2020
Our captain cool retires from International cricket today, bringing an era to an end. Undoubtedly the champion of champions and an incredible human being. You will be missed @msdhoni bhaiya. Thank you for all the memories. #MSDhoni
— Rahul Chahar (@rdchahar1) 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
Always Carefree…never careless. Understood the importance of ‘moments’ but never got overawed by them. Redefined wicket keeping….mastered the art of finishing. An end of an era. MSD, one of the finest the world has seen. Or will ever see. Go well 🙌🙏 #MSDhoni
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 15, 2020
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
What 😱😢😩 https://t.co/aTD6sWvdzw
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) August 15, 2020
You taught us that all our dreams can come true if v have the courage to pursue them. It was an honour to be a part of ur cricketing journey. I have learnt so much from u, ur wisdom, guidance has always helped me not only in cricket but for life as well. Happy retirement @msdhoni pic.twitter.com/wjaWla3DKY
— Bhuvneshwar Kumar (@BhuviOfficial) August 16, 2020
Thank you for all the memories @msdhoni bhai. You inspired an entire young wave of Indian cricketers like myself. Legend! Wishing you and @ImRaina bhai all the best for the 2nd innings of your lives!#Dhoni #Legend #mahi7781 #Thalapathy #Rainaretired pic.twitter.com/6SoLR2kW0c
— Anmol Singh (@iamanmolpreet28) August 16, 2020
August 16th – Today was the day when Dhoni announced himself to the Indian selectors that he is ready by scoring 120 against a strong Pak 'A' side in 2004. Sharing a couple of 📷 of the Team that travelled to the tour of Kenya & Zimbabwe #DhoniRetires pic.twitter.com/UdRWChrSah
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) August 16, 2020
16 years of brilliance,calm and winning comes to an end. Was an absolute honour playing for the country under you. And yes!! thanks for putting Jharkhand on the map @msdhoni .. https://t.co/WoWk5Yt1xE
— Varun Aaron (@VarunAaron) August 16, 2020
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) August 16, 2020
Congratulations on a super career @msdhoni an amazing cricketer and cricketing mind 👏🏽
All the best in your next chapter.
— Wahab Riaz (@WahabViki) August 16, 2020
— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) August 16, 2020
What really mattered to him was what one did on the field, everything else out of it was almost irrelevant, and that’s what has made @msdhoni one of the greatest sportsman and leader of the modern era , good luck with your 2nd innings #Dhoni #Skipper #CSK #TeamIndia
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) August 16, 2020
Congrats #MSDhoni on an amazing international career. You should be so incredibly proud of what you achieved on the field as a player and as one of the great leaders. You were always a tough opponent to play against and now playing with you for @ChennaiIPL has been a real treat. pic.twitter.com/dQEaIWfyFl
— Shane Watson (@ShaneRWatson33) August 16, 2020
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) August 16, 2020
— Kusal Mendis (@kusalmendis1) August 16, 2020
The man who immortalised jersey no.7, whose sharp mind and a cool head earned him the tag of #CaptionCool , the man who fulfilled billion indian dreams by two World Cup trophies and who bid adieu in his inimitable style. Congratulations #MSDhoni on an outstanding career #Thala pic.twitter.com/3mpjVX268l
— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) August 16, 2020
— JP Duminy (@jpduminy21) August 16, 2020
Dhoni you are one of the best captains ever. You always let your bat do the talking. All the best we will miss you
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) August 16, 2020
One of the most influential man in the history of Indian cricket👏His impact in & around cricket was massive. He was a man with vision and a master in knowing how to build a team. Will surely miss him in blue but we have him in yellow.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 16, 2020
This is the last photo taken after our semis at the World Cup.lots of great memories through this journey. I hope the @bcci retire the #7 jersey in white ball cricket ❤️
Good luck with your second innings in life , I’m sure you’ll have a lot of surprises for us there too 🙂💖 pic.twitter.com/4kX4uPhPOO
— DK (@DineshKarthik) August 16, 2020
Well … that was something very very special #MSDhoni #msdhoniretirement #MSDhoniretired congratulations on an awesome career and a contribution that will never be forgotten… Wish you well in retirement… STAY COOL !!!
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 16, 2020
Two statesman of the game retired today and whilst I can’t pretend to know them like so many others I would call myself a fan + recognise their patriotism & contribution they have made. @ImRaina @msdhoni As a military man Ms Dhoni is an icon
— Sheldon Cotterell (@SaluteCotterell) August 16, 2020
A great player, captain & one of the most iconic match winners of all time – #MSDhoni congratulations on such a remarkable cricket career. I would've preferred to see him bid farewell from the ground but undoubtedly he has done wonders for India.
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— Inzamam ul Haq (@Inzamam08) August 15, 2020
but the mutual respect and warmth I've received from you will always stay in mine. The world has seen achievements, I've seen the person. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you 👏🇮🇳 @msdhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2020