How the cricket fraternity reacted to MS Dhoni’s retirement

MS Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020. Photo: BCCI/BCCL


  • MS Dhoni retired from international cricket in 2020
  • The former India captain made the mega announcement on social media
  • The social media was flooded with wishes for Dhoni after the announcement
On August 15, 2020, MS Dhoni brought down the curtains on his international career. At 7:29 PM, the former India skipper shared a post on Instagram, where he thanked his fans and confirmed his retirement from top-flight cricket. Since Dhoni had joined the Chennai Super Kings’ camp in the city, he was confirmed to play IPL for at least one more season.

But he had been away from international cricket since the 2019 World Cup and it was sort of confirmed that the wicketkeeper-batsman won’t play for the Men in Blue again. The only captain to win all three ICC trophies played during his time, Dhoni left an indelible mark on Indian cricket and his achievements can never be replicated.

Dhoni had made his India debut in 2004 and just three years later, he captained a young Team India to a title win in the 2007 T20 World Cup. Just a year after being named the Test captain, Dhoni led the side to the numero uno position. In ODIs, Dhoni ended the country’s 28-year wait and propelled the team to a title win in the 2011 World Cup.

Right after Dhoni announced his retirement, he remained one of the trending topics for a few days and social media was flooded with tributes for him. His teammates, former teammates and those who didn’t even play with him also paid respect to Dhoni. On the 2nd anniversary of Dhoni’s retirement, here’s a look at how the cricket fraternity reacted to his mega announcement –

Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir was part of the Dhoni-led team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 50-over Cup. He played with Dhoni for India A as well. Recalling his journey with Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir wrote: “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.”

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag was all praise for Dhoni and shared a special tribute for his former captain. Sehwag played a key role in India’s title wins in 2007 and 2011. “To have a player like him,Mission Impossible. Na Koi Hai,Na Koi Tha, Na Koi Hoga MS ke jaisa. Players will come & go but there won’t be a calmer man like him. Dhoni with his connect with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket lovers. Om Finishaya Namah,” the former India opener wrote.

Virat Kohli

Like Sehwag, Virat Kohli also had a special message for Dhoni. The former India captain gave an emotional touch to his tribute to the captain who backed him and wrote: “Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you’ve gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you’ve done for the country will always remain in everyone’s heart, 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 @mahi7781.”

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar had retired from international cricket in 2013 and had spent 7 years away from the game before Dhoni retired. Wishing Dhoni for his 2nd innings, the Master Blaster wrote on Twitter: “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.”

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, who played with Dhoni for a long time, shared a video for his former captain and wrote that he enjoyed lifting 2 ICC trophies with him. Yuvraj was Dhoni’s deputy in white-ball cricket for a few years. “Congratulations @msdhoni on a great career! Enjoyed lifting the 2007 and 2011 WC trophies together for our country and our many partnerships on the field. My best wishes to you for the future,” he wrote in his post.


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