If there was one thing that never went into lockdown, it’s been news. Today the social media is buzzing with news of MS Dhoni. Yes, Mahindra Singh Dhoni, the legendary cricketer with 5 world records and former captain of the Indian cricket team announced his retirement from international cricket with a video on Instagram that had the iconic Bollywood song ‘Pal do pal ka shayar’ song playing in the background. Dhoni’s caption was, “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as Retired.”
Good Wishes MS Dhoni
What followed was a deluge of good wishes for India’s most loved cricketer.
The BCCI in a statement said, “The boy from Ranchi, who made his ODI debut in 2004, changed the face of Indian cricket with his calm demeanour, sharp understanding of the game and astute leadership qualities.”
Sachin Tendular tweeted, ‘Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings.
Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted, ‘I join millions of cricket fans across the globe to thank @msdhoni for his unparalleled contributions to Indian Cricket. His cool temperament has turned several hot encounters in India’s favour. Under his captaincy India was crowned World Champions twice in different formats’.
And the list of wishes just keeps growing…
A peep into the past
Born on July 7, 1981, in Ranchi Jharkhand, MS Dhoni has been playing cricket since his school days in DAV Jawahar Vidya Mandir. It started when Mahi, the goalkeeper of the school football team was asked to fill in for the wicket keeper of the cricket team. Being a natural, his skills were immediately noticed by his coach K. R Banerjee who then pushed him into the world of cricket. Since then there has been no looking back.
MS Dhoni began his career with Indian Railways as Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) at Kharagpur railway station. He played cricket for the South Eastern Railway Division. He then moved ahead to represent the Railways team in the Ranji Trophy and the Deodhar Trophy. It was here that he got noticed and was selected for the cricket team of India in 2004. MS Dhoni had entered India’s national team and the hearts of millions of Indian cricket fans.
In September 2007, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, became Captain of India’s Cricket Team. He led the World Cup of T20 cricket team in South Africa to victory. What followed was numerous records for himself like No.1 ODI batsman in rank (beating Ricky Ponting’s score) and for Indian sports. Up until he retired from Team of Men in Blue, he led them to win the Commonwealth Bank tri-series in Australia, the World Cup win in 2011, and the ICC Champions Trophy in England
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a string of achievements and recognition.
Awards and Achievement:
– Padma Bhushan, 2018
– Padma Shri, 2009.
– Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, 2007.
- Dhoni is the most successful Indian Test captain with 27 Test wins, beating Sourav Ganguly’s record of 21 wins
- Awarded Twice Man of the Match Awards in Test cricket. Won 20 Man of the Match awards and 6 Man of the Series awards in ODI cricket and
- MS Dhoni is the third captain to win 100 games.
- Played the most number of international matches as captain
- The first, and only, wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumping dismissals across the three forms of the game. His current total of stumpings in internationals stands at 161
- ICC ODI Player of the Year: 2008 & 2009
- ICC World ODI XI: 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (captain in 2009, 2011-2014)
- ICC World Test XI: 2009, 2010, 2013
- Castrol Indian Cricketer of the Year
- Scored most number of sixes as a captain in international cricket.
(Credits MS Dhoni Wikpedia Page)
From a middle-class boy to India’s Cricket Team Captain and Captain of IPL’s Chennai Super Kings team, MS Dhoni has had a glorious run. As an MTV Youth icon to an honorary lieutenant colonel who served for two weeks in the militancy-infested south Kashmir region in 2019, he further amazed us all. The biographical Bollywood movie based on his life and titled M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story played by the Sushant Singh Rajput also became a super-duper hit.
MS Dhoni – The Man whose net worth is INR 1551 crores in 2020, has earned his retirement.
Good Luck MS Dhoni.