Mahendra Singh Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. On India’s 73rd Independence Day (August 15), Dhoni made an in-formal announcement through Instagram to call time on his cricketing career.

Chennai Super Kings Skipper is expected to lead the franchise in the upcoming Indian Premier League that is scheduled to be played in the United Arab Emirates. He was seen in Chennai for team’s training camp before they travel to the UAE.

In 2014, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket during India’s tour to Australia. In 2017, Dhoni decided to relinquish the ODI and T20I captaincy and hand over the reins to Virat Kohli.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said, “It is certainly end of an era for a glorious cricketer. He has been a champion player for India and served as an inspiration for budding cricketers across the globe.”

Ganguly stated that due to Dhoni’s remarkable leadership skills helped India lift their second World Cup on home soil in 2011. His batting in his early part of his career saw the world take of note the talent. He has set high standards for wicket-keepers for the coming generations.

In a career spanning almost 16 years, Dhoni led India to its glorious era and helped India clinch 2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ICC ODI World Cup and 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. He is the only captain to win all three ICC trophies.

Dhoni last appearance for India came in the semifinals of ICC Cricket World Cup against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester. In his 350th one-day game for India, Dhoni produced a valiant innings of 50 runs off 72 balls.

In 350 ODI matches, Dhoni accumulated 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 with 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries to his name. He is the fifth Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in limited-overs cricket. He holds the record for most sixes by an Indian batsman in limited-overs cricket (229 ODI sixes).

In 2007, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was named of the one-day side. He has incredible captaincy record with a winning percentage of 55 percent. He captained India in 200 one-day matches, out of which he won 110 matches, 74 matches ended in a defeat and five matches were tied. 11 matches were abandoned.

In the T20 format, Dhoni scored 1617 runs in 98 T20I matches at an average of 37.6 with two half-centuries to his name. He captained India in 72 matches, out of which he registered 42 victories with a winning percentage of 58.33.

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