August 15, 2020
MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Sunday. The former India captain brings down the curtain to a 16-year-long international career wherein he won major International Cricket Council (ICC) trophies, including the 2011 World Cup.
MS Dhoni, however, will continue to play in the Indian Premier League. MS Dhoni took to social media to make the unforeseen announcement on India’s 74th Independence Day.
“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” MS Dhoni’s official statement on Instagram read.
MS Dhoni had not played international cricket since India’s defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup semi-final.
MS Dhoni arrived in Chennai on Friday to take part in a training camp organised by Chennai Super Kings in the lead up to IPL 2020. Dhoni is expected to lead CSK in IPL 2020 which will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
Dhoni finishes as India’s most successful Indian captain in limited-overs cricket. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the 2011 World Cup, the 2007 T20 World Cup and the Champions Trophy in 2013, making him the only captain to hold all three major ICC trophies.
Dhoni led India to the 2015 World Cup semi-final. He decided to step down from limited-overs captaincy in 2017 after which Virat Kohli took over as captain.
MS Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014 in the middle of a Test series against Australia. Much like his retirement from Tests, the decision that came on Saturday was also unforeseen.
MS Dhoni played 350 ODIs and scored 10,773 runs, including 10 hundred and 73 fifties. Dhoni maintained an average of 50.57 in his ODI career. Dhoni played 98 T20Is and scored 1617 runs along with 90 Tests.