Finally, the ultimate Mahendra Singh Dhoni has stepped down fully as an Indian skipper. On Wednesday, BCCI confirmed that Dhoni wouldn’t lead the side anymore in limited overs cricket. Meanwhile, he left the test captaincy in the year of 2014.
Dhoni’s life is always full of surprise and this news also came as a surprise. There were no talks, no speculations and no news earlier. He also did the same thing while leaving the job of test captain.
About 15 minutes after the MS Dhoni captaincy retirement earthquake hit an unsuspecting cricket world, the man who would now be known as the former Indian captain was playing FIFA on the PlayStation with the Jharkhand team.
Without a care in the world, as involved as ever in these games, with plenty of noise and hoopla that could be heard several doors down from the room in which a sizable number of people had gathered.
That Dhoni’s decision to quit the captaincy of the One-Day International and Twenty20 International sides on Wednesday (January 4) took the world by surprise is a given. But it also caught the Jharkhand side completely unawares.
One moment they were all sitting around and talking, some dissecting the aftermath of their Ranji Trophy 2016-17 semifinal loss against Gujarat, and the next someone looked up and said, “He has quit captaincy?” This was Jharkhand’s first-ever semi-final since their entry in 2004.
He dropped the bombshell of his Test retirement in a same way. Few minutes after a post-match press conference in Melbourne where there was no inkling of what was to follow.
Anyways, people in India are quite weird. Dhoni gave them so much but still many Indian people hate him. MS Dhoni is the only captain in the world who has won ICC’s all trophies. But, Indian people is not happy with him. He did the right thing may be.
People call MS Dhoni a fixer, a coward and sometimes a politician. But deep inside their heart, they know that they can’t even do 1% of what he has done till now for his motherland.
He was born in a poor Indian family, he didn’t had good facilities, he didn’t had good batting technique, only thing he had was passion and a will to do something for his people. Instead of crying over it… he picked himself up, he brushed his skills, he believed in his abilities. Dhoni developed his own technique (the helicopter is still favorite shot of many cricket lovers) and in 2007 world saw that this guy isn’t a quitter, he’s a fighter.
Some Facts of Mahendra Singh Dhoni:
1. Born: July 7, 1981 in Ranchi
2. Made his test debut against Sri Lanka in 2005, scoring 30 in the rain-hit match in Chennai.
3. He went on to play 90 tests for India, amassing 4876 runs at a 38-plus average, hitting six centuries and 33 fifties. He also took 256 catches and effected 38 stumpings.
4. Dhoni’s highest test score of 224 came against Australia in February 2013.
5. The wicketkeeper-batsman made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in late 2004 and was run out for a first ball duck in the Chittagong match.
6. Dhoni has played 283 ODIs, scoring 9110 runs, averaging 50.89 with an 88-plus strike rate. He has hit nine centuries in this format to go with 61 fifties.
7. He has also played 73 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 112 runs, averaging nearly 36 with a 122 strike rate.
8. Under his captaincy, India won the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and remained the number one test team for 18 months from December 2009.
9. He received Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, India’s highest sports honour, in 2007. Dhoni was given the awards for the ICC One-Day Player of the Year 2008, ICC One-Day Player of the Year 2009, ICC Spirit of Cricket Award 2011 and LG People’s Choice Award 2013.
10. Known for his habit of sealing victory with a six, Dhoni’s trademark “helicopter” shot has amused fans who have also hailed the unflappable temperament of ‘Captain Cool’.
11. He surpassed retired great Sachin Tendulkar as the highest-earning Indian sportsman but remains a fiercely private person.
12. Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs, of which he won 110 and lost 74. He was captain in 72 T20Is, of which India won 41 and lost 28. He was also India’s most successful Test captain, with 27 wins, 18 defeats and 15 draws.
After the retirement of Dhoni, all the people around the world who are connected to cricket started to pay tribute to this wonderful person. The most shinned of them all, Sachin Tendulkar said:
“Congratulations to MSD on a wonderful career as a captain, leading India to success in both T20 and ODI World Cups. Have seen him emerge from an aggressive player to a steady and decisive captain. It’s a day to celebrate his successful captaincy and respect his decision. Wish MSD the very best as he continues entertaining us on the field with his exploits.”
MS Dhoni is an inspiration for many people. You can love him or hate him but you can’t ignore his hard work. Every true cricket fan will miss the sharpest cricket mind on the filed.When he think its time,he walked away silently. Thats Why MSD is so special.