MS Dhoni declares international cricket retirement
MS Dhoni retirement: MS Dhoni, India 's former skipper and India's most successful limited-overs cricket captain, announced his retirement Saturday. Dhoni wrote on his Instagram page, "Thanks a lot for his love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs find me to be retired."
Notwithstanding his retirement, the captain of the Chennai Super Kings is expected to play in the upcoming UAE IPL 2020 which begins on September 19. Dhoni was spotted arriving for the team's training camp at Chennai on Friday.
The 39-year-old had been on an international cricket sabbatical after last July's semi-final outing of India in the ODI World Cup. He avoided thinking about his future for over a year but Dhoni had said questions about his return to international cricket could only be asked after January 2020 at an event in Mumbai earlier.
The batsman-wicketkeeper, 39, is the first captain in cricket history to win all of the ICC trophies. India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the Asia Cups 2010 and 2016, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy.
He represented the country in 350 International ODIs, 90 Tests, and 98 T20s. He is an ODI legend with 10,773 runs, averaging more than 50 for a big chunk of his career while batting between No.5 and 7.
Dhoni has scored 4876 runs in the Test format at an average of 38.09 and led India to more wins (27) than anyone before him. In December 2014 he retired from red-ball cricket.
Dhoni is the most effective wicketkeeper of all time in India too. Dhoni has set a record for his professional wicketkeeping skills, with a total of 195 stumpings and 634 catches in international matches.
"We won't see him playing in the international cricket. It is disappointing not to see him playing. After 28 years he 'd made us win a World Cup. Then under his captaincy we won Champions Cup. He'll be playing in the IPL and that's his fans' biggest relief," Sunil Gavaskar told Aaj Tak on Saturday.