MS Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket through Instagram post

MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, has announced his retirement from international cricket. Dhoni made the confirmation through a video on Instagram, its caption reading: “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

The announcement came a day after he joined his Chennai Super Kings teammates in Chennai ahead of this year’s IPL in the United Arab Emirates. The 39-year-old’s last outing in India colours was during the lost World Cup semifinal against New Zealand.

Dhoni’s retirement speculations spread like wildfire once he made the walk back to the pavillion during the 2019 World Cup semi-final clash versus New Zealand last July. Since then, many were pondering over his next step at the international level, however, he went into a sabbatical, which lasted ever since. 

Looking back at the illustrious career of the Jharkhand-born cricketer, the wicket-keeper batsman led India to all major ICC trophies (2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy) along with guiding the Test side to the No. 1 rankings during the initial phase of his captaincy era. 

Dhoni represented India 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. 

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