Team India coach Ravi Shastri has hailed former team India captain MS Dhoni for his lightning agility behind the stumps. MS Dhoni announced his retirement from all forms of International Cricket on Saturday. He retired as the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).
The former India skipper shared a video on Instagram captioning it as “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.” and announced that he has retired from international cricket with immediate effect. The video had his moments representing Team India on the biggest stage with the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background.
Ravi Shastri Hails MS Dhoni’s Impact On The Sport
The former Indian batsman was all praises for MS Dhoni and his impact. He compared his lightning-quick wicket keeping hands to that of a pickpocket, getting the job done without a trace as the batsman would not even realize their stumping with Dhoni behind the wicket.
“This man is second to none. And coming from where he did, he changed cricket for all times to come. And his beauty is he did it in all formats. For me what stood out was his stumpings and his run outs. He had such fast hands that he was at times faster than any pickpocket. “T20 – he has won a World Cup and multiple IPL titles. 50 overs – he has won a World Cup. Test cricket – he has taken India to the number one position in the world. Played 90 Test matches,” Ravi Shastri told India Today.
“And he always took life as it came. From his days in Kharagpur to his days as an Indian cricketer he was always in the moment. And in retirement also he has moved on. “As I said he is second to none,” “…but (he) was effective as hell. Look at the impact he had…The batsman wouldn’t even realise that Dhoni had taken the bails off and that’s something that added to his aura. “In any list of cricket’s greatest, not greats but the greatest, you have to include this man,” he added
End To A Glorious Career For MS Dhoni
The Cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country in the biggest stage of the sport. MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colors in the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the game to New Zealand and were eliminated from the competition. He had made his debut for Team India back in 2004 and remains the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).
The 39-year-old announced his retirement from Test cricket in 2014 and had handed Team India’s captaincy to Virat Kohli back in 2017. MS Dhoni will lead his side to the 13th edition of IPL in September in the UAE. He has joined CSK’S training camp in Chennai before traveling to the UAE for IPL 2020.