Previous India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his prolonged-time teammate Suresh Raina stunned their followers and the cricket planet with their sudden conclusion to bid adieu to intercontinental cricket on one fateful Saturday night in August.
They commenced their international careers almost alongside one another and finished it sitting down jointly in Chennai, in which the duo ended up at that time with their Chennai Super Kings teammates attending a preparatory camp right before the 2020 Indian Premier League in UAE.
And just like that, two of India’s most successful minimal-overs batsmen brought their innings in the worldwide arena to an finish.
The ‘Insta’ farewells…
Real to the age we are living in appropriate now – the age of social media, the two cricketers and near friends, made the decision to share the news of ending their global professions by sending out Instagram posts to their tens of millions of followers/lovers.
They selected a historical working day to bid their goodbyes, 15th August – as India celebrated its Independence Day.
Initially it was former skipper ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 39, who uploaded a online video with a photograph montage of his enjoying times with legendary singer Mukesh’s evergreen music ‘Main pal do pal ka shayar hoon…’ actively playing in the track record. The online video has been viewed for extra than 36 million periods given that then.
Dhoni even gave an correct time he experienced decided to dangle up his boots as he wrote: “Many thanks a whole lot for ur really like and assistance throughout. from 1929 hrs take into account me as Retired.”
Before enthusiasts could occur to phrases with the information, Dhoni’s close friend and teammate Raina, then 33, also posted a message on his instagram site, indicating he is pursuing Dhoni in the new journey and hanging up his worldwide boots much too.
Raina’s submit just study: “It was absolutely nothing but beautiful participating in with you, @mahi7781 [Dhoni]. With my heart complete of delight, I pick out to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind!”
Key Minister Narendra Modi led the congratulatory messages for the two India greats, who experienced served the place on the cricket floor for nearly a ten years and a half. PM Modi penned heartwarming letters to equally Dhoni and Raina for their excellent professions.
“130 crore Indians are eternally grateful,” Modi wrote thanking Dhoni for his contribution to Indian cricket.
An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their difficult function and sacrifice is getti… https://t.co/YfZlyopymU
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) 1597911922000
In his letter to Raina, Modi wrote – “You are way too young and energetic to retire”.
Needs poured in for the talismanic captain and the fashionable batsman before long after their announcement:
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been huge, @msdhoni. Profitable the 2011 Globe Cup alongside one another has been the be… https://t.co/eZi3iG3yvP
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1597503428000
Congratulations, Suresh on a superb job playing 🏏 for India.Still remember our partnership & on-subject conve… https://t.co/MuLAl6lldA
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1597509182000
Each cricketer has to stop his journey one working day, but however when an individual you have gotten to know so closely announces t… https://t.co/OC64wsGZdw
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1597506658000
Congratulations on a best vocation Bhavesh. Goodluck with anything forward 😊👍 @ImRaina
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1597507140000
Enormous boots to fill. It’s been a privilege and honour to be portion of the dressing area and seeing you as a thoroug… https://t.co/LK5ZBE6JoG
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) 1597507868000
Congratulations @msdhoni on a good occupation! Enjoyed lifting the 2007 and 2011 WC trophies with each other for our country… https://t.co/j6mobCpy83
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1597590660000
Suresh boy! I thought you had a bit additional in you! But nonetheless you have played some seriously significant innings in… https://t.co/fqspqhsOSx
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) 1597594281000
December 23, 2004 – vs Bangladesh in Chattogram: Operate-out for . That’s how Dhoni’s global profession started. Small did people today know that he would go on to turn into one of the ideal and quickest runners in between the wickets in the up coming 349 ODIs, 98 T20Is and 90 Exams, accumulating 17266 intercontinental runs.
The 39-calendar year-old’s past outing in India colours was for the duration of the 2019 Environment Cup semi-last versus New Zealand, which India misplaced. Incidentally, the innings finished in a operate out, but this time he created 50.
1 of the most charismatic figures in environment cricket, Dhoni remaining the international region soon after reaching pretty much all the things there is to realize. He led India to No. 1 in the ICC Take a look at rankings, won a T20 Environment Cup (2007), won an ODI World Cup (2011) and an ICC Champions Trophy title (2013). He grew to become the most effective finisher in earth cricket. He performed 538 global matches (Checks, ODIs and T20Is put together), scoring about 17,000 intercontinental runs, which included 6 Take a look at and 10 ODI hundreds of years. With exceptional glovework at the rear of the stumps, Dhoni also designed numerous wicket-retaining information in his 15-year prolonged job, like the most quantity of stumpings in ODIs – 123.
Dhoni retired as India’s most profitable constrained-overs skipper and remains the only captain to have received all three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 Earth Cup, 50-in excess of Globe Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.
Considerably less than a calendar year right after Dhoni’s intercontinental debut, on July 30, 2005 – vs Sri Lanka in Dambulla: lbw to start with ball. The then 18-yr-previous remaining-handed middle-get batsman had the worst possible get started to his international job. But Suresh Raina went on to come to be one particular of the most reputable middle-get batsmen for India in restricted overs cricket. He was portion of the ODI World Cup successful staff in 2011. In actuality, he grew to become the initially Indian to score centuries in all 3 formats of the video game.
Raina played a whole of 322 global matches for India, scoring 7988 operates, with 1 Test and 5 ODI generations. He will also normally be remembered as a person of the most effective fielders to have played for India.