MS Dhoni Retires: Sachin Tendulkar, Others Thank Former India Captain For His "Immense" Contribution
MS Dhoni Retired: MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket via an Instagram post.
MS Dhoni took the world by surprise when he announced his retirement
Sachin Tendulkar thanked Dhoni for his immense contribution to cricket
R Ashwin thanked the cricket legend for "giving it all for the country"
MS Dhoni took the world by surprise when he announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. After Dhoni's sudden announcement, social media was flooded with reactions from former cricketers, current stars and fans, congratulating MS Dhoni for a wonderful career and wishing him well for his future endeavours. Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar thanked the wicketkeeper-batsman for his immense contribution to Indian cricket. Tendulkar, who won the 2011 World Cup under Dhoni's leadership, described it as the best moment of his life and wished him the best for his second innings. "Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings," Sachin Tendulkar tweeted.
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was among the first players to react to Dhoni's retirement as he took to Twitter and thanked the cricket legend for "giving it all for the country".
"The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni," Ashwin tweeted.
A slew of messages poured in from all parts, from the likes of India players Hardik Pandya and Shikhar Dhawan to former stars like Mohammad Kaif, Wasim Akram and Kevin Pietersen.
The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni— Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) August 15, 2020
There's only one MS Dhoni. Thank you my friend and elder brother for being the biggest inspiration in my career. Will miss playing with you in the blue jersey but am sure you will always be there for me and will keep guiding me #7
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To have a player like him, Mission Impossible. Na Koi Hai,Na Koi Tha, Na Koi Hoga MS ke jaisa. Players will come & go but there won't be a calmer yet sensitive man like him. Dhoni with his connect with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket lovers. Not an azaadi cricket lovers wanted from. Thank you for the innumerable memories together and wish you a great and equally inspiring life ahead. Om Finishaya Namah @mahi7781 #dhoni
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Welcome to the retirement club, MSD!— Kevin Pietersen (@KP24) August 15, 2020
What a magical career!
Can't imagine any one else wearing a Number 7 India jersey again. Thank you for the unforgettable memories #MSDhoni. See you in UAE.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) August 15, 2020
@msdhoni one of my favourite Crickterers has bade adieu to international cricket.He was someone who came ,played and conquered. Won India T20 World Cup World Cup and champions trophy.Loved his daring style never afraid of the opposition.Go well Mahi whatever you do in life— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) August 15, 2020
A little boy had a dream of batting on the other end of the pitch with you. That little boy's dream came true Learning from you and being close to you has been the highest privilege. India will always be proud of @msdhoni Enjoy the journey ahead Mahi bhai Legend #7 pic.twitter.com/iGlrQEQJTG— Rishabh Pant (@RishabhPant17) August 15, 2020
Dhoni last played for the country in July last year in the semi-final of World Cup 2019, where India suffered an agonizing defeat to New Zealand.
On Friday, Dhoni and several of his Chennai Super Kings teammates flew to Chennai for a camp before flying to the United Arab Emirates for the IPL 2020.
Dhoni is all set to lead the Chennai-based franchise in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League in the UAE.
Under MS Dhoni, CSK have have been one of the most successful and consistent teams in the cash-rich league, winning three titles. Theyare the only team to qualify for the knock-out stage of the tournament in each of its 10 seasons.