Its now official that legendary MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket. He was out of the game for more than a year now (having played the world cup semi final against New Zealand last year) & this was expected. Having retired from test cricket in 2014, he had continued playing ODIs & T20Is for India. But now even that is gone. He still remains the most successful Indian captain across formats in terms of matches won. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest captains of all time & also one of the greatest to have played the sport. His contribution as batsman & keeper are mind blowing. Some records that he holds as captain are
1) Most international matches as skipper - 332 (60 tests, 200 ODIs & 72 T20Is)
2) Only skipper to win all 3 ICC tournaments (2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy).
3) Dhoni has led India to 6 multi-nation ODI tournament finals & of which India have won 4, making him the most successful captain in multi-nation ODI tournament finals.
4) Most Not Outs in ODIs - 84. Of these 51 have come when India were chasing & they emerged victorious 47 times, 2 matches were tied & they lost only 2 times.
His quicksilver thinking as captain in limited overs caught everyone's eye & he was handed the test captaincy as well with Kumble hanging his boots. India reached no.1 ranking due to their home dominance during that time.
He could have scored lot more 100's had he batted at no.3 in ODIs but he chose the role of finisher & allowed others to shine at the top (Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma in particular). And MS Dhoni was the greatest finisher in the history of one day cricket (Respect Michael Bevan. But Dhoni is slightly ahead). For me Dhoni's memorable knocks include 148 vs Pak, 2004 when he was new to international cricket, his unbeaten 183 vs Lanka at Jaipur in 2005 (while chasing), his famous 91* off 79 balls in the 2011 world cup final. There are many other unforgettable moments like MS Dhoni hammering Clint Mckay for a 112 metre six at Adelaide when India needed 12 from 4 balls. Batting with no.11 Ishant Sharma in the final of Celkon Cup tri series & taking the match to the final over. With 15 needed off 5 balls he hammered Shaminda Eranga for 6,4,6 & finished the match. Cool & confident Mahendra SIngh Dhoni. Hopefully BCCI will utilise him for the betterment of Indian cricket in whatever way possible in future.
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