(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Former India captain and two-time World Cup winner, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday (August 15) via an Instagram post.
“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired (sic)”, read his post of the formal announcement.
The Chennai Super Kings captain, though, is expected to feature in the upcoming IPL 2020 in the UAE and was spotted earlier today arriving in Chennai for the team’s brief training camp before they fly out to the middle-east.
Dhoni had earlier quit Test cricket in 2014 after the Melbourne Test on the tour of Australia and had handed over ODI and T20I captaincy to Virat Kohli in January 2017.
In nearly 16 years at the highest level, Dhoni led India through its most successful era and has the 2007 T20 WC, 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy in his cabinet.
Dhoni’s last ODI was his 350th for India, wherein he finished with a fighting 72-ball 50 against New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup which proved insufficient in the end. Dhoni, who finished with 10,773 runs at an average of 50.57 in ODIs, is the fifth Indian to surpass the 10k-run mark in the 50-over format. The wicketkeeper-batsman also has 229 ODI sixes – the most for an Indian batsman.