India’s 2011 World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has retired. Dhoni announced his retirement through an Instagram post.
Considering the video he shared on his Instagram account mahi7781 that featured only his images with the Indian national team, Dhoni has retired from the international cricket. He will continue to play the Indian Premier League which this year will be played in the United Arab Emirates due to a severe Corona Virus outbreak in India.
Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired, Dhoni wrote on his official Instagram account sharing a video that included a song from a movie that featured India’s megastar Amitabh Bachchan.
There were speculations that Dhoni might have played his last for India during the 2019 World Cup after the COVID-19 forced the postponement of ICC Twenty20 World Cup which was supposed to be held this year in Australia. Dhoni, at 39 years, was looking for a comeback in the senior side through the Indian Premier League.
The 2019 World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand in Manchester where Dhoni agonizingly failed to put India in the final, have now become Dhoni’s final ever international. Dhoni had scored a half century in that semi-final that New Zealand won by 18 runs.
Dhoni had surprisingly retired from Tests in 2014 after playing against Australia in Melbourne. Dhoni leaves behind a plethora of success in a career spanning 15 years. During this duration, Dhoni not only became revered as one of the most successful captains in India but also the whole world.
He is the only captain in cricket history to have won all major ICC trophies including the 50-over World Cup, Twenty20 World Cup and ICC Champions Trophy. Under Dhoni, India also became No 1 Test nation.
In a lengthy career, Dhoni played 90 Tests for India making 4876 runs, while he also combined for a total of 350 ODIs crossing the 10,000-run mark elusive for many greats. He also had 98 Twenty20 Internationals.
Soon after Dhoni handed India the maiden Twenty20 World Cup title in 2007, the revolution of a new Indian team had begun. Dhoni had been at the centre of the Indian team’s success throughout.