New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly, praised former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on Saturday. Dhoni and Raina surprised their fans by announcing their retirement from international cricket on the same day. Both the legendary batsmen announced their retirement on social media.
Sourav Ganguly issued a statement on behalf of the BCCI saying, ‘This is the end of an era. What a brilliant player he was for India and World Cup cricket. His captaincy ability was completely different, which would be very difficult to match, especially in the shorter format of cricket.’
He said, ‘His batting in ODIs thrilled everyone in his early career. Every good thing has its end and it has been absolutely fantastic. He has set standards for the arrival of wicketkeepers and to create an identity for the country. They will say goodbye without any pangs on the field. Hardly like his leadership is available. He had a wonderful career. I wish them all the best.’
Dhoni made his ODI debut in 2004. He later became the most successful captain in world cricket. Under his captaincy, India became champions by defeating Pakistan in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
Four years later, Dhoni made India the champion in the 2011 World Cup. Two years later, under his captaincy, the Indian team also won the ICC Champions Trophy in England.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said, ‘MS Dhoni is one of the great players of the modern era. I think it is a personal decision and we respect it. We all treat Mahi with love and he has an extraordinary career in international cricket.’
He said, ‘Dhoni’s captaincy has been inspiring and admirable. He was getting rich in sports from the time he joined. I wish him all the best for the IPL and his future.’
Let us know that Dhoni has the record of playing the most international matches as a captain. He played 332 matches as captain. He has played 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 matches for India.