Sachin Tendulkar hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a steady and decisive captain, while ex-players and celebrities also lauded the World Cup-winning skipper following his decision to step down as the captain of India's ODI and T20I teams.
BCCI had confirmed Dhoni's decision to quit as captain on Wednesday, January 4, stating that he would be available for selection for the upcoming series against England.
Following Dhoni's decision, former players, including Tendulkar, took to Twitter to hail his tenure as captain.
"It's a day to celebrate his successful captaincy and respect his decision," Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.
Former Team India player Mohammad Kaif, cricket pundit and media personality Harsha Bhogle, former BCCI president Anurag Thakur, among others, also had high praise for Dhoni's time as captain.
Time to stand up and applaud a magnificent servant, and indeed leader, of Indian cricket. #Dhoni— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 4, 2017
Dhoni's spouse Sakshi Singh also took to Twitter to express her thoughts following the announcement.
@msdhoni There are no mountains high enough to stop you from climbing.Proud of you !! ????????- Sakshi Singh
Dhoni, who is a football fan, had a rather interesting offer from English football giants Manchester United.
@msdhoni Congratulations on a wonderful career as India's captain. ????— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 4, 2017
We hope to see you at Old Trafford soon!
Dhoni has been India's most successful captain. Under his leadership India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009.