NEW DELHI (REUTERS) – Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni left international cricket on Saturday (August 15), pulling the curtains on an illustrious career rich in trophies with a cryptic Instagram post.
“Thank you very much for your love and support throughout. As of 7:29 pm consider me retired,” he wrote on Instagram, with a video montage featuring footage from his 15-year anniversary. international career.
The post ended speculation on the international future of the enigmatic 39-year-old, who left the cricket test in 2014 and has not played for India since the team left the half. 50th World Cup final in July of last year.
“It is the end of an era,” said President of the Indian Cricket Council (BCCI) Sourav Ganguly in a statement.
“His leadership qualities have been hard to match, especially in the game’s shorter format.
“All good things come to an end and it has been absolutely brilliant,” added Ganguly, himself a former captain of India.
BCCI secretary Jay Shah called Dhoni “one of the greats of the modern era”.
“I wish him all the best for IPL and its future endeavors,” Shah said, suggesting that Dhoni would play in the Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates this year from September 19.
Dhoni burst onto the international stage on a day against Bangladesh in late 2004 as a long-haired wicket keeper with spectacular hitting prowess.
He went on to statistically become India’s most successful captain, leading them to World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20) and 2011 (ODI), while they also became the highest ranked test team. under him in 2009.
As a batsman, Dhoni also turned into one of the best finishers in the game, famously exemplifying this by securing India’s victory at the 2011 World Cup by hitting a six in the final against Sri Lanka.
The immensely popular cricketer is ending his ODI career after playing 350 matches, scoring 10,773 points and making 444 layoffs. He holds the record for most layoffs in T20 internationals with 91 in 98 appearances.
In total, Dhoni amassed 17,000 international races in all formats, including 16 centuries, and over 800 kills as a wicket keeper.