'End of an era': How sportstars, celebs and leaders reacted to Dhoni's retirement

Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket today

Yuvraj-Singh-MS-Dhoni-AP FILE - In this April 2, 2011, file photo, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, facing camera, and Yuvraj Singh, celebrate after winning the Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai, India | AP

On the occasion of Independence Day, former Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket.

It was an announcement that many knew was coming—speculation of his retirement had been ongoing since India's semifinal exit in the 2019 World Cup.

Even so, his announcement was greeted with wistfulness and nostalgia, from cricketers to celebrities and even politicians.

Former India captain and current BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said Dhoni’s retirement marked the end of an era.

“What a player he has been for the country and world cricket. His leadership qualities have been something, which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game. His batting in one-day cricket in his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance.”

“The world has seen achievements, I've seen the person. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you,” skipper Virat Kohli shared on Instagram.

“Not an azaadi cricket lovers wanted from,” tweeted Virender Sehwag.

“Welcome to the retirement club, MSD! What a magical career! 🤝” tweeted Kevin Pietersen.

Shoaib Akhtar tweeted a video tribute.

“Mahendra Singh Dhoni retires from international cricket. The story of cricket will never be complete without him. Video tribute coming up shortly. What a legend!”

Anushka Sharma posted on her Instagram saying, “Thank you MSD for the memories that we will never forget.”

Ranveer Singh commented on Dhoni's post saying, "LOVE YOU MAHI BHAI, THANK YOU FOR MAKING US SO PROUD".

Amul, which has depicted Dhoni several times in their iconic cartoons, also tweeted a tribute. 

Among the politicians who shared tributes were Nitin Gadkari, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shashi Tharoor and Amit Shah. 

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