MS Dhoni's first statement after announcing his retirement
Former Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had announced his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August on the occasion of India’s Independence Day. The announcement came from Dhoni himself via a video on Instagram with the caption, "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired." MS Dhoni announced his retirement all of a sudden which left all his fans around the world shocked and confused. Dhoni had earlier quit Test cricket in 2014 after the Melbourne Test on the tour of Australia and had handed over ODI and T20I captaincy to Virat Kohli in January 2017. The 38-year-old cricketing superstar's hardcore fans soon after started sharing their favourite memories of the Indian veteran while also reminiscing some of his most memorable knocks and career moments. People in Tamil Nadu loves him so much because he has been the captain of Chennai Super Kings since the inception of IPL cricket. MS Dhoni is expected to feature in the upcoming IPL 2020 in the UAE and was spotted along with the Chennai Super Kings camp recently. Now for the first time after his retirement, MS Dhoni has tweeted something for this fans, he has shared a letter sent to him by India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and thanked him for his wishes. MS Dhoni’s: “An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes.” Narendra Modi’s letter to MS Dhoni reads as follows:
“On 15th August, in your trademark unassuming style you shared a short video that was enough to become a long and passionate discussion point for the entire nation. 130 crore Indians were disappointed but also eternally grateful for all that you have done for Indian cricket in the last decade-and-a-half. One way to look at your cricketing career is through the prism of statistics. You have been one of the most successful captains, instrumental in taking India to the top of the world charts. Your name will go down in history as being one of the world's batting greats, among the greatest cricketing captains and certainly one of the best wicketkeepers the game has seen.
Your dependability in tough situations and your style of finishing matches, particularly the 2011 World Cup Final, will forever be etched in the public memory for generations. But, the name Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be remembered merely for his career statistics or specific match-winning roles. Looking at you as just a sportsperson would be injustice. The correct way to assess your impact is as a phenomenon! Rising from humble beginnings in a small town, you burst onto the national scene, made a name for yourself and most importantly made India proud. Your rise and conduct thereafter gives strength and inspiration to crores of youngsters who like you have not been to cushy schools or colleges, neither do they belong to illustrious families but they have the talent to distinguish themselves at the highest levels. You have been one of the important illustrations of the spirit of New India, where family name does not make young people's destiny but they make their own names and their own destinies.
Where we come from does not matter as long as we know where we are headed — this is the spirit that you have exuded and inspired many youngsters with. Many of your memorable on-field moments exemplify a particular generation of Indians. This generation of Indians does not hesitate to take risks and back each other's abilities in even the toughest situations— seen in the way you took risks many a time in backing little known youngsters to deliver in high pressure situations. The 2007 T-20 World Cup Finals is a perfect example of this spirit. This generation of Indians does not lose their nerve in decisive situations; we saw that in many of your innings and games. Our youth does not lose heart in the face of adversity and, most importantly, are fearless, just like the team you led. No matter what hairstyle you sported, your calm head remained the same in victory or defeat, which is a very important lesson for every youth. I would like to also mention your special association towards India's armed forces. You were most happy being among our army personnel. Your concern towards their welfare has always been remarkable. I hope Sakshi and Ziva get to spend more time with you. I convey my good wishes to them as well, because without their sacrifices and support nothing would have been possible. Our youth could also learn from you how to balance professional and personal priorities; I remember seeing a picture of you playing with your cute daughter even as everyone around you was celebrating a victory in a particular tournament! That was vintage MS Dhoni. Wishing you the very best for your future endeavours.
Shri Mahendra Singh Dhoni Vara Farmhouse, Ring Road Near Daladali Chowk Simaliya Ranchi, Jharkhand-835222
Yours, (Narendra Modi)”
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