“Koi puche toh bata dena, ek tha jo stumps ke piche se match palat deta tha”, read one poster, which has been circulating on Facebook against the backdrop of retirement of MS Dhoni, the former skipper of the Indian Cricket team who announced his retirement from International Cricket on Saturday evening (August 15) – India’s 74th Independence Day. He posted a video on Instagram and announced his retirement.
“Thanks. Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as Retired”, wrote Dhoni, on Instagram, to make the announcement. The post is accompanied with a video montage featuring Dhoni’s journey. At the time of filing of the report, the post has garnered more than seven million views and thousands of comments.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Mahi/ Thala/ Captain Cool/ MSD), born July 7, 1981, is an Indian former international cricketer who captained the Indian National Team in limited-overs formats and in test cricket. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World T20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
A right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper, Dhoni is one of the highest run scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs) and is considered as can effective ‘finisher’ in limited-over formats. He is also regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket.
Dhoni has received many awards, including the ‘ICC ODI Player of the Year Award’ in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), ‘The Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award’ in 2007, the ‘Padma Shri’, India’s fourth highest civilian honour, in 2009 and the ‘Padma Bhushan’, India’s third highest civilian honour, in 2018. He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010 and 2013. He has also been selected for a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1st November, 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honour.
It may be mentioned here that Dhoni also holds numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. It was Dhoni who led India to a world cup win in the year 2011 after 1983 World Cup.
MS Dhoni, who captained India in the first-ever World T20 in 2007, led India to a victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in an intensely fought final on September 24, 2007.
Dhoni was contracted by the Chennai Super Kings for the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches. He was one of the most expensive players in the IPL.
Dhoni is married to Sakshi Singh Rawat. A biographical film based on the life of Dhoni, titled ‘M.S. Dhoni : The Untold Story’, was released on September 30, 2016. In the year 2011, he was conferred the rank of honorary lieutenant-colonel in the Indian Territorial Army for his contribution in cricket.
(The article has been written by our guest contributor, Mr. Shanku Sharma)