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MS Dhoni retires from international cricket

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MS Dhoni, the former Indian cricket team captain on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket. Dhoni took to Instagram to make the announcement. 

In a video posted on his Instagram account, the caption read: “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

Most successful captain

MS Dhoni is Indian cricket’s most successful captain in the limited-overs version of the game. Under his leadership, India won three ICC trophies – 2007 T20 World Cup, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

His last appearance for an international cricket match was during the semifinal of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. India lost the match to New Zealand.

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Dhoni has not played a match since India’s World Cup exit. Dhoni will, however, continue to be in the IPL matches where he will captain the Chennai Super Kings. This time IPL matches are being held in UAE.

Retired from Test Cricket in 2014

Dhoni had earlier announced his retirement from Test cricket in December of 2014. He, however, continued to play ODIs and T20 matches. He led India to the semifinals of the 2015 World Cup and the 2016 World T20. 

Other records of MS Dhoni

Dhoni is the fifth-highest all-time run-scorer in ODI in India. He has scored 10,733 runs from 350 matches. He is superseded by Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.

Dhoni debuted for India in an ODI against Bangladesh in December 2004 and made his first ODI sanctuary in 2005 against Pakistan in Vizag. He scored 148 runs in that match.

Dhoni captained the Indian team to play the first-ever T20 World Cup in South Africa, where India beat Pakistan in a clincher.

In March of 2008, he led India to the CB tri-series win in Australia while in 2009 India won the ICC Test Championships under him.

He surpassed Sourav Ganguly as India’s most successful Test captain with 22 wins.

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