MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket, leaving not just his nation but the whole world appreciating his services to cricket.
He is such a humble person that he forewent a farewell match and made the announcement on Instagram.
He attracted me to cricket when I was just four years old – the first player’s name I remembered was MS Dhoni – but besides me, many admire him as a role model.
So I am going to take a trip down to memory lane to visit the best moments in his career.
2007 ICC World T20
After India’s poor loss and exclusion in the group stage from the ICC World Cup in 2007, the senior players decided to rest and a young team was selected to go to the World T20 in South Africa.
Dhoni was given command.
This was the first time he revealed this world-class ability and the way he united this young team to produce match-winning performances was phenomenal.
When the team ended up winning the tournament, Dhoni’s era begun.
Tri-series 2008 win and India becoming No.1 in Test cricket
After the historic World T20 win, Dhoni was named captain of the ODI side and he decided to build a new team with the ICC World Cup 2011 in the mind.
Under his captaincy, this new team won the first-ever tri-series (CB series) in Australia.
Soon Dhoni became the captain in all three formats and he led the Test team to No.1 in the world in 2009 as they beat Sri Lanka.
ICC World Cup 2011
This was the most historic moment for Indian cricket and Dhoni’s career, as they became the world champions for the second time, 28 years after the 1983 triumph.
This World Cup was Sachin Tendulkar’s last and the stepping stone for some young cricketers like Virat Kohli.
I am sure this is the best moment for Dhoni in his exceptional career.
ICC Champions Trophy 2013
This was the last ICC event India won and, again, was under Dhoni’s captaincy.
Given the responsibility of building a new team for the tournament, he dropped experienced players from the team and picked the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan.
India were unbeaten in the tournament and thrashed the home team, England, in the final.
Dhoni picked players from the domestic scene, groomed them, and then made them world class – Ravichandran Ashwin, is an excellent example.
Deepak Chahar once said that Dhoni knows what a player is capable of and then uses him according to his abilities. This is the quality of a great captain.
I wish MS Dhoni success and love. Thank you for all the sweet memories!