Former Indian caption and two-time World Cup winner, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday via an emotional Instagram post, with the iconic ‘Pal do pal ka shayar’ song playing in the background.
Dhoni took to his official Instagram account and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired”
Dhoni retires as Indian cricket’s most successful caption in limited-overs internationals, having won two ICC World Cup Champions Trophy in 2007 and 2013 respectively and also 50-over World cup in 2011.
It is thoroughly the end of an era in Indian cricket as the skipper who won all the major ICC trophies hangs his boot from international cricket. Dhoni had earlier quit Test cricket in 2014 after the Melbourne Test on the tour of Australia and had handed over ODI and T20I captaincy to Virat Kholi in January 2017.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said, “It is the end of an era. What a player he has been for the country and world cricket. His leadership qualities have been something, which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game.”
The 39-year-old had been on a leave from international cricket since India’s semi-final exit in the ODI World Cup last July. For more than a year, he avoided talking about his future but at an event in Mumbai earlier, Dhoni had said questions regarding his return of international cricket should only be asked after January 2020.
Nonetheless, like all of his decisions have surprised many on and off the field, his retirement has also shocked many. Dhoni represented India 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is.