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MS Dhoni Announces International Retirement

MS Dhoni stunned the cricketing world by announcing his retirement from limited-overs cricket in his inimitable style on a calm August 15th evening in 2020. The man who led India to victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy quietly retired from international cricket, nearly seven years after retiring from Test cricket. The former Indian captain called it quits on his illustrious international career.

India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand

Dhoni had been on leave from international cricket since India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in the 2019 ODI World Cup. He made the announcement in a 16-word Instagram post accompanied by a video compilation of some of his best moments while playing for India. The video was set to the background music of a popular Bollywood song, Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar from Kabhie Kabhie.  “Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 19:29 hrs consider me retired,” Dhoni’s Instagram post caption read.

Best finishers to have played the game

There was no farewell match, no retirement ceremony, and no speech from the man who led India to two World Cup victories. Dhoni, widely regarded as one of the best finishers in the game’s history, retired with 4,876 Test runs, 10,773 ODI runs, and 1617 T20I runs, as well as a slew of individual and team trophies. While Dhoni’s international career has come to an end, the veteran is still an important part of the Indian Premier League as the captain of his franchise, Chennai Super Kings.

There was another player who chose to retire at the same time as Dhoni. Within minutes of Dhoni’s shock announcement, Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket. Raina, like Dhoni, used a photo of himself, Dhoni, and other CSK players to announce his big decision. “It was nothing but lovely playing with you MS Dhoni. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind,” Raina wrote on his Instagram account. And, like Dhoni, he continues to represent CSK in the IPL.

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