Two of the legendary cricket players of Indian Cricket Team have announced their retirements from International cricket back to back. MS Dhoni posted on his Instagram page writing about retiring, humbly thanking everyone for being part in his journey. Soon after Suresh Raina joined the wagon and declared himself as retired from International Cricket as well, calling his journey lovely and full of pride, sharing with Dhoni in the journey of retirement,he wrote .
“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired” Dhoni announces on his Instagram page …
“It was nothing but lovely playing with you. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind,” Raina wrote on Instagram where he posted an image of his CSK team.
Two of the biggest cricketers of Indian Cricket Team have announced their retirements from International cricket. Dhoni completed his 15 years in the sports, he had quit test cricket in 2014 December, keeping everyone baffled as well as thinking as when he would end his career from International cricket. The speculation got intense after Dhoni took a break playing ICC ODI World Cup, joining regiment of Indian Army for short stint this year early.
For the limited over series with West Indies in Carribbean in South Africa he remained unavailable. Nevertheless, one Indian team selector was quoted as saying “the very experienced wicket-keeper batsman had actually given the five wise men time to build the team with an eye on the 2020 T20 in Australia.”
Selector have been looking forward to select from the emerging talents, Rishabh Pant and the likes of Sanju Samson, Wriddhiman Saha and Ishan Kishan due to many heated debates from Dhoni’s International Cricket career.
Coming from Jharkhand, Ranchi, Dhoni became the most celebrated Indian captain. Adding the T20 World Title, 2007, against Pakistan in finals in his inaugral year lauded him lots of applause. Citizens started calling him ‘Mahi’ with love. Four years post second World Cup Title ODI fell in India’s lap under Dhoni’s captaincy. On April 2nd 2011, Wankhede Stadium, in finals with Sri Lanka, Dhoni embedded his mark in the hearts of people of India and as one of the finest games in the history of World Cup finals, forever with finishing six in last ball, he was 91 not out.
Breaking into ODI team India in 2004, but, smashing Pakistan in finals in Vishakhapatnam on April 5 2005, in his fifth ODI got him to rise to stardom in cricket scoring blitzkrieg 148 . In 2008, India won under the captaincy of Dhoni, the CB series ODI tri-nation tournament in Australia, which was big series win for Indian team.
India also won the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his captaincy. Infact he was the only captain under whom all three ICC limited overs title was won. (T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and Champions Trophy) he led India to top in test rankings in ICC.
Dhoni was also awarded the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2007), the Padma Shri (2009) and the Padma Bhushan (2018) winning ICC ODI Player of the year award in 2008 and 2009 made him first cricketer to win in consecutive years.
He started and ended his career with “run out”. Leaving behind the glittery legacy, he will be missed a lot in the cricket always.
Raina never played competitive cricket since knee injury, he almost ruled out from from finals of 2019, IPL. Getting surgery done later, he joined CSK training camp in March before it was called off due to pandemic. He debuted in 2005 in the Indian team, Internationally against Sri Lanka. Five years downline the line he entered Test series against Sri Lanka scoring a century in his first outing.
He played in 2011 World Cup under Dhoni’s captaincy also was a member in 2013, ICC Champions Trophy which was again led by Dhoni. He became an irregular member after playing in 2015 match of World Cup. Raina was away from the ODI team from late 2016 to 2018. He kept his place in the T20I side but was dropped after the UK tour in 2018.
The left-handed batsman did come as an impressive player in Test cricket and played 18 Test matches, scoring 768 runs in 31 innings at 26.48, which included one century and seven half-centuries.
In ODIs, Raina scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs while in 78 T20Is, he scored 1605 runs at 29.18. Raina will continue to play the Indian Premier League in the team of CSK, of which Dhoni is deputy.
Sources & credits- Times of India & TimesNowNews.com