Dhoni, a stalwart of Indian cricket, had been left out of the list of the players that are to be awarded by BCCI.
A total of 27 cricketers are contracted with the BCCI for 2019-20.
These players on many occasions have not been picked in the final XI in spite of being in the squad.
There weren't too many surprises in BCCI's annual contract list but a few opined that some of the players were put in a lesser pay bracket than what they actually deserve.
27 players were divided into four categories, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma included in the topmost A+ Category which nets them a sum of INR 7 crore.
Dhoni has not played any match for India or any other competitive match since the World Cup ended in July and thus the exclusion was pretty much on the cards.
While Mithali continues to be the team's batting mainstay in the ODIs, the demotion was pretty much on the cards.
As soon as the BCCI announced the lists, #ThankYouDhoni started trending on Twitter as many believe that it is the end of the road for him.
27 players were divided into four categories, with Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma included in the topmost A+ Category.
Most of the names in the list feature in the Grade C category.