Farewell Dhoni: How the cricket world reacted
The announcement of MS Dhoni’s international retirement over the peaked sparked a flood of online tributes to the former India captain following a record-breaking career.
The wicketkeeper-batsman led his side in over 300 matches across all three formats, winning the 2007 and 2011 T20 and 50-over World Cups respectively while also lifting the ICC Champions Trophy in a glittering career, that also saw him amass over 17,000 international runs.
His big-hitting, coolness under pressure and dogged fighting qualities won him many admirers over the world, with some of the leading names in the game paying tribute to the man that played such a crucial role in India developing into a major cricketing force.
Here, Cricket Bet India looks at what has been said in recent days.
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 👏🇮🇳 @msdhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2020
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
My message for MSD, now that he’s retired!
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) August 16, 2020
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Congrats @mahi7781 on an amazing international career. You were an incredibly tough opponent and a player that I always admired. It was an absolute pleasure to play with you for a few years at Pune and getting to know you a bit. You are a true gentleman and I wish you all the best in retirement
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) August 16, 2020
Congrats to @msdhoni on a wonderful cricketing career ! Was a pleasure watching you play & the way you led your troops too. Good luck with everything you choose to do in the future ! Absolute legend 👍
— Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) August 15, 2020
💬 Probably the best white-ball captain there has ever been. And also a cool, calm customer under pressure; a great finisher of a game 💬@nassercricket, @Athersmike, @ShaneWarne, @wasimakramlive and India team-mates pay tribute to @msdhoni after his international retirement…
— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) August 16, 2020
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) August 15, 2020
No-one comes close to MS Dhoni's run tally as keeper and captain 🐐 pic.twitter.com/sZIiLQNmDi
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 16, 2020
One of the most influential man in the history of Indian cricket👏His impact in & around cricket was massive. He was a man with vision and a master in knowing how to build a team. Will surely miss him in blue but we have him in yellow.
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 16, 2020