MS Dhoni’s Shocking Retirement Leaves Cricketing Fraternity Speechless

A day after leaving for Chennai to kick-off his IPL 2020 UAE journey, MS Dhoni announces a shocking retirement from international cricket. 

August 15, 2020 should definitely be termed as ‘Saudade’. While India celebrates its 74th Independence day, MS Dhoni’s retirement at 19:29 hrs has made us end our day with all sadness. As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, MS Dhoni’s sudden and shocking retirement has left the entire cricketing fraternity speechless.

The former Indian captain, who last played for Team India in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand has finally said bid-adieu to International Cricket. The decision came amidst his journey with the CSK camp to UAE to play IPL 2020. It was only yesterday that he looked all happy after joining the CSK camp in Chennai, but announcing this decision amidst such a happy moment for all his fans was completely out of the blue.

His announcement isn’t very uncharacteristic though. He had done the same during 2014 when he shocked the world with his retirement from Tests, and it was expected of MS Dhoni to do something like this. However, this coming on India’s Independence day, and him being with his core CSK group was completely shocking.

MS Dhoni Stats:

To recap, MS Dhoni began his international career on 23rd December, 2004, where he was run-out off the first ball. He then ended his international career on 10th July, 2019, again with a run-out. Overall, he played for a total of 5312 days in the International arena.

Statistically, MS Dhoni made a total of 17266 runs in his International career with 4876 runs in Tests, 10773 runs in ODIs, and 1617 runs in T20Is. He has a total of 634 catches and 195 stumpings to his name. He also remains the only captain to win all the three prestigious trophies- T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup, and Champions Trophy. 

Here’s his official announcement video on Instagram:

While MS Dhoni announced his retirement, here’s how the Cricketing fraternity reacted to his decision.

Twitter Reactions:

While the news has left us shocked, we just hope he somehow takes his retirement back, and gives us another hope to see him in the Blue jersey. Nevertheless, we wish MS Dhoni all the very best for the new phase in his life. 

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