An announcement that took many around the country by both surprise and shock was when former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni informed fans on Independence Day that he was retiring from international cricket. Dhoni's announcement came on Instagram through a video message along with the caption, "Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired." Post his announcement, the swashbuckling cricketer has been receiving messages from people of all walks of life lauding his contribution to the sport. 

Dhoni's retirement announcement has come more than a year after he played his last international match at the 2019 Cricket World Cup, which saw the Indian side lose out to the New Zealand team in the semifinal. Although the superstar cricketer will not be seen alongside the Men in Blue, he will be taking to the field once again to lead the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) during the upcoming thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), scheduled to be held from September 19 to November 10 in the UAE. 

Meanwhile, former India batsman VVS Laxman spoke about Dhoni's retirement and where he would likely play his farewell match. Speaking on the Star Sports' show Cricket Connected, Laxman predicted that Dhoni would play his farewell match at the Chepauk in Chennai, in what would be akin to how Sachin Tendulkar brought down the curtains on his career at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

Laxman said, "Number one is we all have to recognise that he (Dhoni) is very passionate about CSK. One of the reasons CSK has been the most successful franchise has been MS Dhoni’s leadership. So, he will go out and he will do everything possible for CSK to win the trophy. But as far as the fans are concerned, I think the euphoria will be there to be seen."

He then stated, "Till the time he is going to play cricket, he will be captaining CSK. I think each and every movement of MS Dhoni will be watched very closely, will be relished by each and every cricketing fan of his. So, they will enjoy each and every moment MS Dhoni spends on the cricket field,".

Laxman, who has played 134 Tests and 86 ODIs for India, says, "I think MS Dhoni’s farewell game will be whenever he plays his last match for CSK. And I can tell you for sure, just like the way Sachin had that farewell match at the Wankhede, I think the farewell match will be at the Chepauk." He concluded saying, "And all the fans, not only at the ground but around the world, not only the Indian fans but all the cricketing fans will be watching that last game of MS whenever that will happen,". 

Dhoni retired from Test cricket in December 2014 after playing 90 matches with 4,876 runs under his belt. He continued playing ODIs and T20s and made 10,733 runs in the 50 over format and is the fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid.