Former Indian captain in MS Dhoni has recently gone on to announce his retirement from international cricket – doing so on Saturday. The master finisher announced on Instagram that he will finally call quits on his illustrious 15-year career as a cricketer. Indeed Dhoni has been amongst the very best wicket-keepers to ever grace the game and needless to say that his record speaks volumes of his contributions to the game.
The veteran, who now is aged 39, last played for his country back in 2019 in the World Cup 2019 semifinal loss that India suffered due to New Zealand – with the match taking place in Old Trafford in Manchester.
Dhoni announced his retirement from Test match cricket all the way back in 2014 and all in all, has gone on to play 350 One-day Internationals (ODIs) as well as 98 T20 Internationals (T20Is). In amongst those 350 ODIs, Dhoni managed to score a total of 10,773 runs as he went on to cement an average of 50.57 throughout his career in this format of the game. To go along with such impressive numbers, he also managed to score ten centuries while recording 73 fifties. It was indeed back in January of last year that Dhoni became only the fifth Indian to score a total of 10,000 runs in ODIs and in doing so, he became with 12th overall in ODI history.
As far as T20Is go, Dhoni managed to score a total of 1647 runs in 98 matches, and managed an average of 37.60 – which actually included two half-centuries.
Also, the captain of the 2011 World cup winning squad managed to become only the second ever wicketkeeper-batsman to touch the 10,000-run mark. It was Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara who was the first to do so.
Of course though, it wasn’t only the World Cup that India lifted under Dhoni’s captaincy, as he also managed to lead his country to victory at the World T20 World cup all the way back in 2007. He also led his country to ICC Champions Trophy triumph seven years ago back in 2013 in England.