MS Dhoni – A Captain forever

ms dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

Dhoni made announcement of his retirement in his own style – he posted a video on social media saying “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired” with the famous hindi song “main pal do pal ka shyar hun”.

MS Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

In response to his announcement Kohli tweeted “Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you’ve gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you’ve done for the country will always remain in everyone’s heart…… “.

He played his last international match on 9th July 2019 against New Zealand, where he was runout.

His story started when a nervous boy from Jharkhand with a heavy bat made his debut against Bangladesh in 2004 scoring a duck in his first match, nobody would have imagined that he will turn out to be one of the most successful captains in the history of cricket.

Yes, he was runout at “0” on the first ball he played; he was being selected via BCCI small town talent spotting initiative when P.C Podar was impressed by his game.
He played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka. He became captain of Indian cricket team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014.

At school he was a goal keeper for his team and sometime also played doubled in badminton. His trademark “helicopter shot” was taught by his friend and former Jharkhand cricketer Santosh Lal.

This shot will be remained in memory for entire Indian cricket fan because it sealed India’s 2011 World Cup victory. However The East zone team which won the Deodar Trophy in the year 2004, rejected Dhoni,saying he had an unconventional playing style.

Early Career

In 1998, MS was selected by Deval Sahay to play for the Central Coal Fields Limited (CCL) team. When Dhoni used to play for CCL, Deval Sahay used to gift him Rs 50 for each six that he hit in Sheesh Mahal tournament cricket matches. Within a year, Dhoni moved from playing in CCL to the Bihar Ranji team. Dhoni was included in the Bihar U-19 squad for the 1998–99 season and scored 176 runs in 5 matches played 7 innings.

Dhoni made his Ranji Trophy debut for Bihar in the 1999–2000 seasons, as an eighteen-year-old youngster. He made a half century in his debut match scoring 68 not out in the second innings against Assam cricket team. Dhonicompleted the season with 283 runs in 5 matches. Dhoni scored his maiden first-class century while playing for Bihar against Bengal in the 2000-01 seasons.

Performance and awards-

Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, after that the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, and major the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Dhoni has been honored many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 he was the first player to win the award twice, the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honor, in 2018.

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