MS Dhoni’s retirement announcement led to a flurry of reactions from the world non-cricket sports as well.
MS Dhoni Retires: Bajrang Punia, PR Sreejesh Salute ‘Inspirational’ Former India Captain
Dhoni’s retirement took the cricket world by surprise on Saturday evening when he made the announcement on his official Instagram account.
MS Dhoni, two time World Cup-winning former India captain, retired from International cricket, ending over one year of suspense. Dhoni’s retirement took the cricket world by surprise on Saturday evening when he made the announcement on his official Instagram account.
“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. from 1929hrs consider me as retired,” Dhoni said, bringing an end to an era of unorthodox leadership and finishing skills became the stuff of legends.
Reactions started pouring in from the cricket fraternity soon after the 39-year old declared retirement.
Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you’ve gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you’ve done for the country will always remain in everyone’s heart…… pic.twitter.com/0CuwjwGiiS
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2020
— Rashid Khan (@rashidkhan_19) August 15, 2020
Wrestling star Bajrang Punia and Indian men’s hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh led non-cricket personalities’ goodbyes to MS Dhoni as the Indian cricketing legend announced his retirement.
Dhoni took to Instagram to post a video of his career in photographs as he bid adieu to international cricket.
He captioned the post as, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
The Indian fans wept and sent their best wishes to the cricket who led India to all the three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup and 2013 Champions Trophy.
Sreejesh took to Twitter to send his tribute for Dhoni as he stepped away from the pitch and called him an inspiration for millions.
— sreejesh p r (@16Sreejesh) August 15, 2020
Soon after Dhoni announced his retirement, Suresh Raina said he was joining Dhoni on the journey and stepped away from international cricket as well.
“‘Kuch log saath aate hain, aur apna farz nibhate hain aur chale bhi saath jaate hain’. MS Dhoni wa Suresh Raina ko alvida. Cricket ke maidan par aapki safalta yuwaon ke liye hamesha prernadayi rahegi. (‘Some people come together, fulfill their duties and then go away together’. Goodbye to MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Your success on the cricket field will always serve as inspiration for the youth). Jai Hind, Jai Bharat,” Bajrang said.
Indian Super League (ISL) club Kerala Blasters also wished Dhoni for the journey ahead and thanked him for the memories.
Thank you for the memories Mahi! 💛
— K e r a l a B l a s t e r s F C (@KeralaBlasters) August 15, 2020
Not an azaadi cricket lovers wanted from.
Thank you for the innumerable memories together and wish you a great and equally inspiring life ahead. https://t.co/WtT0Xd3A8H
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 15, 2020
Veteran Team India cricket Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday (August 15). The 33-year-old decided to break his retirement news right after MS Dhoni announced his. Raina took to Instagram to announce the news to all his followers just moments after Dhoni did the same.
— Sushil Kumar (@WrestlerSushil) August 15, 2020
Suresh Raina chooses to join Dhoni’s journey, announces retirement from international cricket
Minutes after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket, Suresh Raina, one of India’s prolific white ball players in the last decade declared that he is hanging his boots.
“It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 .With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind,” Raina posted on his instagram page.
His best moment was a crucial unbeaten knock in a tricky World Cup quarter-final against Australia during the triumphant 2011 campaign.
Raina, the second-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL after Virat Kohli, had earlier said that wickets in Dubai could be similar to the ones in Chennai. He had also stated that fitness and clarity of thought will be the key when the players take to the field after an unprecedented break due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
33-year-old Raina made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in 2005. One of India’s trusted men on the field, the left-hander scored 5,615 runs from 226 ODIs. He averages 35.3, having scored 36 fifties and five centuries. His Test debut was also against Sri Lanka in the year 2010. He scored 768 runs in the longer format of the game from 18 matches (31 innings) at an average of 26.6
On the occasion of Friendship Day, Raina had hailed ‘mentor’ MS Dhoni and said that the latter has been his ‘guiding force’.
Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday shared a video featuring both Raina and Dhoni and captioned it as “F.R.7.3.N.D.S – together in the pursuit of perfect10n, for a perfect den. #WhistlePodu #Yellove #FriendshipDay.”