On 15th August 2020, when India was celebrating its 74th Independence Day, the country’s ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni announced his retirement from International Cricket.
The whole cricket world was shocked by this announcement made by Dhoni through an Instagram post but somewhere we all knew this was coming. However, Dhoni was under no pressure or compulsion when he made this decision. It clearly seems to be well-thought out by the wise man.
It is very likely that Dhoni will be playing in the IPL, a tournament that is very dear to him, the team, and the fans he loves the most. Dhoni, who has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20s in his 16 years span of an International career, will be missed a lot not only in India but in every cricket-loving nation.
Here’s how he turned things in India’s favour with his game:
- He is the country’s most successful captain by taking India to no.1 spot in ICC team rankings and also leading his team to win a World Cup after 28 years in 2011.
- He also led his team to win the 2007 T20 World Cup, after which the supreme legacy of IPL and Champions Trophy began.
- Dhoni has an average of above 50 in One-day cricket and 84 undefeated innings, which is absolutely brilliant.
- Another great achievement by the former captain is, he has led India to 60 wins in Tests and was only recently over taken by current captain Virat Kohli.
Dhoni has not only impacted young, aspiring cricketers by his statics but also the way he has worked so hard to achieve all his accomplishments. A young man from a middle-class family in the small town of Ranchi, with his incredible talent and extreme dedication for the game, made his way into the Indian squad, where players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid welcomed him with open arms.
Dhoni always wanted to build his team which can stand strong together and wins under any circumstances, and he actually did it. The 2011 World Cup was a memorable event for all the Indian cricket fans, and this is where the commentator’s line “Dhoni finished off in style” stuck with us forever.
The man who is well-known for his unique on-drive or the ‘Helicopter’ shot was famous for one more thing other than his batting skills. Of course, everyone knows it- his wicketkeeping. There are not enough words to explain how beautiful was Dhoni’s glove-work behind the stumps. From his quick lightning-fast stumping to the incredible catches he took behind the stumps, there is no comparison to him. In his 16 years career, with 195 stumpings, Dhoni is the only cricketer with the highest number of stumpings in cricket history. His wicketkeeping was truly a beautiful piece of art.
Dhoni has always been known to be the most cool and calm person on and off the field. This captain-cool has continued his legacy onto the shoulders of a very aggressive but equally successful captain for the team. Retirements are tough, and when players like MS Dhoni retire, it is more heart-breaking. That is why MS Dhoni cricket retirement came as a big surprise as well as a shock for his fans and the entire nation.
But when two amazingly talented people retire together, it becomes harder for the fans. As soon as Dhoni announced his retirement, his CSK teammate and dear friend, Suresh Raina too decided to retire from the international cricket. Both Dhoni and Raina are great friends from their time in the Indian team, where they have played many matches together for their country. We still hope to see the two talented players play together for their team in the IPL.
We wish both Dhoni and Suresh, a happy and healthy game for this new inning in their life!