Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

Bhubaneswar: Former Team India captain and two-time World Cup winner Mahendra Singh Dhoni  announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.

Dhoni took Social media route to make his announcement this evening.

“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired (sic)”, read his Instagram post.

Hailing from Jharkhand, Dhoni broke into the Indian ODI team in December 2004. He went on to become India’s most decorated captain. His first big achievement as captain was leading India to the 2007 World T20 title in its inaugural edition. Four years later India clinched their second ODI World Cup title, under Dhoni’s captaincy.

The wicket-keeper batsman amassed 10,773 runs in 350 ODIs and 1,617 runs in 98 T20Is. He also has 229 ODI sixes – the most for an Indian batsman.

Dhoni also holds the record for most wins as an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs.

As Test captain, Dhoni also led the team to the numero uno spot in the ICC rankings for the first time ever in 2009. He is also the only captain to win all three ICC trophies. He has also led India to victories in the Asia Cup in 2010 and 2016.

Dhoni had retired from Test cricket on December 30, 2014 and in the longest format of the game, he played 90 matches and scored 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.

Dhoni’s last appearance in the blue jersey came in India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup after which he took a break from professional cricket. In this time, Rishabh Pant and later KL Rahul took his place as wicketkeeper of the Indian limited-overs side.

The 39-year-old cricketer is currently part of the Chennai Super Kings training camp at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and is expected to lead the team in the 2020 season of the Indian Premier League which is set to start on September 19.

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