On this day in 2020, veteran Indian skipper MS Dhoni bid adieu to international cricket after serving the nation for 15 years across all formats. MS announced his retirement by posting an emotional video on Instagram saying- “Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as retired”. The news shocked the people awfully and it was trending on Twitter.
Legendary actor Amitabh Bachhan’s “Kabhie Kabhie” movie song “Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu” was in the background of the video and the video contained memorable moments of his international journey.
MS Dhoni first came into the limelight when he scored a gutsy 148 off 123 balls in Vizag against Pakistan in 2005. Afterward, Dhoni became regular on the Indian side.
From handing the last over to Joginder Sharma in the 2007 T20 World Cup final to hitting the winning six in the 2011 World Cup final. We have seen all the great moments, his captaincy and batting have given us over the years. And who can forget the 2013 Champions Trophy final, where he gave the bowl to Ravi Ashwin and he turned the game around for India.
MS Dhoni was more of a limited over format player than a test cricketer.
In 350 ODIs, he has made 10773 runs at a staggering average of 50.57, the only lower-order batsman to do so.
In the longest format of the game also, he was decent, having played many match-saving in his career, who doesn’t remember his 76* at Lord’s in the 2007 India tour of England. Scoring 4876 runs in 90 Tests at an average of 38.09.
Whenever we talk about finishers, MSD’s name has to be on the top. MS Dhoni averaged 102.71 during run-chase in ODI, amassing 2875 runs in 75 innings.
Dhoni is the only captain to win 3 different ICC trophies- the 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, and 2013 Champions Trophy.
India definitely misses the services of MS Dhoni, as after his departure India has not won any ICC event.