Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket

Web Desk – Former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced his retirement from international cricket.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is considered one of India’s most successful captains. He is the only captain under whose leadership the team has won the World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy.

Announcing his retirement on social media platform Instagram, 39-year-old Mahendra Singh Dhoni wrote that he should be considered retired after 5:29 p.m. “Thank you all for your love and full support,” he added.

It was not clear from his social media post that he was only announcing his retirement from international cricket. Nor will he represent Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
It should be noted that IPL is being played in the United Arab Emirates this year. It will begin next month and end in November.

It should be noted that Dhoni played his last ODI match in the semi-final against New Zealand in the World Cup in July last year. This was his 350th ODI match.

He was run out for 50 in this match. India needed 240 runs to win this match. Dhoni was the eighth batsman to be dismissed for 216 in the 49th over. With his dismissal, India’s chances of success were dashed when New Zealand reached the final.

Dhoni’s run-out was heavily criticized in India. And questions were raised about his fitness. Since then, he has been practicing with the Chennai Super Kings while focusing on fitness.

Dhoni started his career in 2004. He played 90 Test matches and represented India in 98 T20 matches.

He scored a total of more than 15,000 runs in all formats of cricket while scoring 16 centuries.

In his career as a wicket-keeper, Dhoni also stood behind the wicket and assisted in dismissing around 800 players.

In Test cricket, he played 144 innings in 90 matches. He scored 4876 runs at an average of 38.09 which included 6 centuries and 33 half centuries.

He played 350 matches in ODIs. He scored a total of 10773 runs with a strike rate of 87 and an average of 50.57. He scored 10 centuries and 73 half-centuries in ODIs.

His strike rate in T20 was 126.13 while he scored 1617 runs in 98 matches at an average of 37.6. Which included only two half centuries.

It may be recalled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had refused to grant Mahendra Singh Dhoni a recent central contract.

Dhoni’s name was not included in any of the 27 names in the list of players who got central contracts released by the BCCI.

The central contract was awarded for the period from October 2019 to September 2020.

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