GUWAHATI: 20 july 2019
India’s most successful captain in all formats, Dhoni had already retired from Test cricket five years back in 2014.
Two-time World Cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has decided to end his limited over career. The former Indian captain announced his retirement from ODIs and T20Is in Mumbai on Tuesday, 16 July.
The decision comes at the back of India’s semi-final exit at the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
Making his debut for India against Bangladesh in December 2004, MS Dhoni went on to represent India in 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is.
Dhoni led India in 200 ODIs, winning 110 of them to crowned India’s most successful ODI captain. The greatest moment of his career was when he led India to their second World Cup glory in 2011.
Nicknamed ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni’s calm demeanor while leading the side was one of his trademarks.
With the bat also Dhoni had his own way of scoring runs. Not known for his technique, the ‘Helicopter Shot’ will be his best gift modern day limited overs batting.
Dhoni’s most famous and greatest innings came in the final of the 2011 World Cup against Sri Lanka. Chasing 275 for victory, Dhoni promoted himself above in-form Yuvraj Singh to score an unbeaten 91 off 79 balls as India rode home comfortably after a rough start to their innings.
Dhoni’s iconic match-winning six off Nuwan Kulasekara will always continue to be an enduring image in India’s cricketing history. With that knock, he became one of the few cricketers to win the Man of the Match award in a World Cup final.
Dhoni finished his career with 10773 ODI runs and 1282 T20I runs. He has 10 centuries and 73 half centuries to his name in ODIs. Dhoni is the fifth Indian cricketer to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs.
His highest score 183 not out came very early in his career against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005, which is the highest score made by a wicket keeper in ODIs.
Not only with the bat, Dhoni redefined the game with his keeping gloves. One of the fastest hands behind the stumps in the game. In fact, he holds the record for the highest number of stumpings in ODIs.
Dhoni has 321 catches and 123 stumpings to his name in ODIs.
Known to be faster than lightning with his gloves, Dhoni had the knack of whipping of the bails in a flash and has accounted for number stumpings which needed him to react in microseconds.
Like his batting, Dhoni developed his own unique way behind the stumps. By the end of his career, batsmen were actually afraid to go down the wicket with Dhoni behind the stumps.