India’s World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from ODIs and T20Is on Saturday (August 15)
Dhoni, 39, took to Instagram to make his announcement, putting up a slideshow of images from his career, with the caption: “Thanks – Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
The announcement came a day after he joined his Chennai Super Kings teammates in Chennai ahead of this year’s IPL in the UAE. The 39-year-old’s last outing in India colours was during the lost World Cup semifinal against New Zealand.
The announcement meant the former skipper Dhoni’s final international match would remain his 350th ODI: the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand in July 2019.
Dhoni made 50 off 72 balls in that game before being beaten by a rocket throw from Kiwi opener Martin Guptill by inches as India bowed out of the tournament. Dhoni hasn’t played any competitive cricket since then and had only resumed proper training for his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in March before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.
Twitter Reacts to MS Dhoni’s retirement
The Twitter world went ablaze after MS Dhoni’s announcement. Here are some of the reactions: