Former India captain Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket.
He announced his retirement by posting a slideshow video of his journey yesterday on his instagram. He wrote – “Thanks • Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 19:29 hours, consider me as retired.” 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.
One of the most admired and respected cricketers, Dhoni is also among the most successful captains in world cricket. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after having led India to triumph in the ICC World T20 in its maiden edition of the tournament held in 2007 in South Africa. With India winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, Dhoni became the first and is still the only captain till date to have won all three ICC Trophies.
While his heroics in the limited-overs formats are well documented, it was also under his leadership that India became the No. 1 Test side in 2009 and the team stayed at the top for over 600 days.
Achievements as a Captain:
He is the only captain who won all three major ICC tournaments.
He captained India 331 times across all formats which is the most by any captain followed by Ricky Ponting (324 matches).
He led India 199 times in ODI which is the highest by any Indian captain and third overall.
In ODI, he has an average of 53.92 as captain which is second highest after AB de villier (minimum 2000 runs). He has the highest average of 70.47 in 2009.
Dhoni is the only captain to lead an international team atleast 50 times in each format.
Under the leadership of Dhoni, India won the 2007 World T20, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He led India in six finals of limited-over tournaments involving five or more teams and India won four of them, which is the joint most by any captain for a team in limited-over internationals.
Dhoni won 110 ODI matches as a captain, which is the second most by any player. Ponting is at the first place in the list by winning 165 ODIs.
MS Dhoni scored 6,633 runs as a captain in ODIs, which is the second most by any captain after Ponting’s 8,497 runs.
Dhoni led India in 72 T20Is, which is also the most by a captain out of which won 41 matches which is the most by any captain.
Dhoni hit 126 sixes as a captain in ODIs in his career, which is the most by any player in ODIs.
Indian Cricket team is surely going to miss the best captain who has led the team in very tough situations, a wicket-keeper who was faster than the speed of blinking of an eye and a great batsman.