New Delhi, Aug 16: India's World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday announced retirement from the international cricket. Few minutes after this announcement, Suresh Raina also said 'Goodbye' to international cricket.
Taking to Instagram, the wicketkeeper-batsman shared a video and captioned the post, "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired." The video had the iconic song 'Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu' from Amitabh Bachchan's 'Kabhie Kabhie' playing in the background, Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.
Making his debut against Bangladesh in 2004, the former skipper has so far played 350 ODIs with his highest score being 183 against Sri Lanka. He also remains the only captain to win all major ICC trophies (50-over World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy).
Naimed as 'Captain Cool' by cricket fans, Dhoni is known for his calmness and exquisite captaincy on the field. He has been one of the best wicket-keepers across the world. Due to his quick instincts, he is also known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the 'Decision-Review System's' name to 'Dhoni-Review System'.
In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Tests after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.Then in 2017, he handed over the captaincy to Virat Kohli in the 50-over format.
His Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has also won the tournament thrice under his leadership.Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL's opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians. However, the tournament will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. He will continue to captain CSK in the IPL 2020.
Meanwhile, Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina on Saturday also announced his retirement from international cricket. "It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind," Raina wrote on Instagram.
Debuted on July 30, 2005, against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. In his first ODI, Raina did not have a good outing as he was sent back to the pavilion on a duck. But over the years, the left-handed batsman managed to change his fortunes to become one of the finest white-ball cricketers. Raina is also the first Indian batsman to register centuries in all three formats of the game.
With Raina on the field, the opposition was always reluctant to run when the ball used to go him, and the cricketer rarely missed any catches. He was also a part of the 2011 World Cup-winning squad and the batsman had played crucial knocks in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the tournament.
Raina would now be seen in action for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Raina is also the second-highest run-getter in the history of the IPL, only behind Virat Kohli. The batsman has played 193 matches in the tournament and has managed to score 5,368 runs at an average of 33.34.
Fans express gratitude after their retirement.