PM Modi writes a passionate letter to former Indian Cricket Team Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on its retirement
MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, Independence day of India. Bowing down on a near 16-year-long storied career of one of the country’s greatest limited-overs cricketers Dhoni, 39, made the confirmation through a video on Instagram, its caption reading: “Thanks – Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
After the retirement of the former Indian captain players and famous personalities have greeted Dhoni with tweets and messages. MS Dhoni today applauded Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for thanking him for his contribution towards Indian cricket. PM Modi posted a lengthy and emotional message for Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on August 15 after a decorated 16-year career.
In your trademark unassuming style you shared a video that was enough to become a passionate discussion point for entire nation. 130 Cr Indians were disappointed but also eternally grateful for all that you have done for Indian cricket
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Getting retired from Test cricket in December of 2014 with 4876 runs from 90 matches, Dhoni carried on playing ODIs and T20Is. Of about 10,733 runs, MS Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. His overall Indian numbers are staggering: 538 matches, 17,266 runs, 16 centuries, 108 fifties, 359 sixes, 829 dismissals.
An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes
An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes. pic.twitter.com/T0naCT7mO7
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 20, 2020
Dhoni retires as India’s most successful captain in limited-overs internationals, having won three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup in 2011, and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy – the only captain to do so. Overall, Dhoni amassed over 17,000 international runs across formats, including 16 centuries, and more than 800 victims as wicketkeeper.
In the end, MS Dhoni’s retirement has made the entire nation shed tears as there will be no MS Dhoni in the blue jersey again. However, the cricketer would still be in vogue as the Chennai Super Kings captain in the imminent Indian Premier League (IPL). In the coming years, those IPL days will dwindle but his permanence in the pantheon of cricketing greats is assured.