90 Test matches, 350 ODIs and 98 T20s. Yes, we are talking about MS Dhoni who obviously doesn’t need any introduction. His achievements have made him an unforgettable name in the history of Cricket. Dhoni’s splendid inning on the field and his simple honesty off the field have won millions of hearts and continue to do so. Players win over their fans with their stunning moves on the playing field but here we have a cricketer who left the world in awe even with the announcement of his retirement. MS Dhoni announced his retirement from the field of international matches on the day when the nation was celebrating its Independence Day. Fans were not expecting any such news, that was clear from the way masses reacted to this sudden shock but even the cricket fraternity was not ready for such a shocker from former Indian captain. Tweets, interviews, reactions and wishes started pouring in as soon as Dhoni’s post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” flashed on his Instagram profile.
TATA COULDN’T HOLD HIMSELF BACK
Business tycoon Ratan Tata who is known for his ultimate composure and neutrality couldn’t hold himself back from reacting to the news of Dhoni’s retirement. The world of cricket is such that a player is urged to retire even if he fails his fans in one match. The same thing happened with DhonI. When the former skipper couldn’t save the team from losing in against New Zealand, in July 2019, even after him scoring a 50, cricket world grew abuzz with the whispers of his impending retirement. Some said it openly, some in hushed tones. But as we know Captain Cool, Dhoni went on doing what he does as good as playing cricket, ignoring the whispers. And now when he himself took the decision for his career, the world seems to want more of him. Ratan Tata’s message to MS Dhoni echoes the same feelings and also tells what a gem of a player he is. Reminiscing Dhoni’s career Tata wrote, “Your contributions for the country will never be forgotten MS Dhoni”. This short note to our former captain is enough o let us know what special place he holds in the hearts of Indians. Not only masses but tycoons like Tata couldn’t help but send out their love for him.
FANDOM INSIDE CRICKET FRATERNITY
Cricket fraternity seemed to be as shocked as the fans were when Dhoni announced that we should consider him retired. Though, he did not mention the formats that he is taking a retirement from but the news itself is so gloomy for every cricket fanatic that details seemed to be unimportant at the time. Shikhar Dhawan took to Twitter to express what Dhoni means to him. Dhawan referred to Dhoni as “Captain. Leader. Legend.” All the words express deep respect for the player under whose captaincy Dhawan learned so much and made a solid place for himself in the team. The splendid batsman finished his Tweet with a personal touch where he addresses Dhoni as “Bhai”, ‘brother’ in English. Now that’s some tribute to the skipper who made newbies feel at ease in the team.
Harsh Bhogle, Rahul Chahar, Pragyan Ojha all voiced their feelings on the news and though, the words were different, the sentiments running in those Tweets were one. All these player considered it to be the end of an era. Addressing Dhoni as “great man” , “captain cool”, “champion of champions”, these players clearly showcase the respect that Dhoni’s stature evokes in the world of cricket.
Cricket franchises like Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals joined the clan of sad fans as they also took to their official Twitter handles to express how Dhoni is going to be immensely missed on the field. Where Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab expressed their despair with a broken hearts, Kolkata Knight Riders summed up Dhoni’s journey in few lines and left the fans with a gleaming hope of seeing their favourite captain in IPL 2020. KKR wrote, “We still meeting at #IPL2020 though!”
Srikkanth, the famous commentator and Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar also shared how Dhoni has been one of the best captains that the world has ever seen. They also wished the player a successful second inning and it goes without saying that the world is going to miss him and the novelty that he brought to the cricket field. India’s current captain Virat Kohli felt it close to his heart and shared how it becomes much more personal when a player you have known so closely announces his retirement. He also acknowledges that it’s inevitable but the tinge of sadness cannot be avoided.
Cherry on the cake was the message form India’s most aggressive batsman, Virendra Sehwag. Sehwag did not try to customize his heartfelt message to fit into the world of social media and wrote from his heart. Sehwag says, “To have player like him, Mission Impossible. Na koi hai, Na koi tha, na koi hoga MS Kee jaisa. Players will come and go but here won’t be a calmer man like him. Dhoni with his connect with people having aspirations was like a family member to many cricket lovers. Om Finishaya Namah” Sehwag truly gave voice to what millions are feeling right now, there won’t be a cricketer like Dhoni and there never has been one.
Not only from India but Dhoni has been receiving immense love from abroad as well. It has been the same during his active career and now that he has announced his retirement, he continues to get what he has worked for, love and respect from the world. Michael Vaughn, English cricketer and commentator called Dhoni the “mastermind” behind India’s victory in 2011 World Cup and congratulated him over “an incredible international career” in cricket. Brad Hogg, former Australian cricketer also expressed his feelings on Twitter and addressed Dhoni as “legend” in the history of cricket.