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.”
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Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI: “It is an end of an era. What a player he has been for the country and world cricket . His leadership qualities has been something which will be hard to match specially in the shorter format of the game and his batting in one day cricket at his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance .Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolute brilliant one ...he has set the standards for the wicketkeepers to come and make a mark for the country ... he will finish with no regrets on the field ...An outstanding career ..I wish him the best in life .”
“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.
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Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you've gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you've done for the country will always remain in everyone's heart, but the mutual respect and warmth I've received from you will always stay in mine. The world has seen achievements, I've seen the person. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you 👏🇮🇳 @mahi7781
“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.
So sorry to hear that #msdhoni retired half an hour ago. A true giant of the game, India's finest wicketkeeper-batsman & a transformative captain, he left a stamp on Indian cricket that defined an era. March on, Dhoniji. There will be other peaks to climb. https://t.co/Y4r8FBCO92— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) August 15, 2020
Among the politicians who shared tributes were Nitin Gadkari, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Shashi Tharoor and Amit Shah.