MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina announce retirement from international cricket
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Aug 15, 2020, 09:38 pm
Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket. The announcement came from Dhoni himself via a video on Instagram with the caption, "Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired."
MS Dhoni is retiring as Indian cricket’s most successful captain in limited-over internationals, securing three ICC trophies, which include the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy. His last international cricket match was during the semifinal of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, when India lost to New Zealand.
Having retired from Test cricket in December 2014, Dhoni continued playing ODIs and T20Is, leading the Indian cricket team to the semifinals of the World Cup in 2015, followed by the World T20 Championship in 2016. With 350 matches and 10,733 runs under his belt, Dhoni is India's fifth-highest all-time run-scorers in the ODI format right behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
Dhoni's retirement has been a subject of hot debate for quite some time, especially after India's exit from last year's World Cup. Post the defeat to New Zealand in the semis, Dhoni did not make an international appearance, leading many to speculate on his return to the field as part of the playing eleven among the Men in Blue. On the other hand, he will be returning to captain the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team for the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19 to November 10.
Minutes after MS Dhoni's retirement, his teammate Suresh Raina too made an announcement of his retirement from international cricket. Taking to his Instagram page, Raina said, "I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India." He added saying, "It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind,".
The swashbuckling left-handed batsman played a crucial role for the Indian cricket team, which lifted the 2011 ICC World Cup. Some of his major knocks came in matches against Australia and Pakistan.
Raina's last ODI was in July 2018 and had subsequently failed to make it to the squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup. He has scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs for India at an average of 35.31, while also representing the country in 18 Test matches and 78 T20Is. He incidentally also holds the distinction of being the second-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL, only behind Virat Kohli, having played 193 matches in the tournament, while scoring 5,368 runs at an average of 33.34.
All set to be seen next in IPL 2020 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni and Raina are lovingly called among the fans of the franchise as 'Thala' and 'Chinna Thala'. Both Dhoni and Raina arrived in Chennai on Friday to take part in a short training camp ahead of the team's participation in the IPL in the UAE.