NEW DELHI: Indian cricketer and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, popularly known as MS Dhoni, announced his retirement from international cricket after months of speculation.
Taking to Instagram, he shared a montage video of highlights during his long cricketing career with the song "main pal do pal ka shayar hoon", from 'Kabhie Kabhie', playing in the background.
He wrote that as of 7:26 pm on August 15, he will retire from the game.
Dhoni was inactive in cricket since India was knocked out of the 2019 ODI WorldCup semi-finals where India lost to New Zealand.
Since then, cricket pundits and media have been discussing his possible retirement. Dhoni and his family members denied rumours regarding his retirement until Saturday, August 15.
Dhoni was expected to play this year's T20 WorldCup but it has been postponed to next year due to COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown.
MS Dhoni made his debut in a cricketing career in 2004 in an ODI against Bangladesh. He belongs to the same generation as Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif, though he came to the scene much later on.
He scored his first international century against Pakistan in the year 2005 against Pakistan. He scored an unbeaten 145 and the camera caught pumping his bat in delight after his achievement.
Dhoni made several achievements but also faced brickbats after India's devastating debacle in 2007 ODI WorldCup. People gathered outside his home and burnt his effigies.
Dhoni took over as the captain and led the Indian team to victory in the T20 WorldCup maiden match, beating Pakistan.
Dhoni's biggest achievement was his game during the 2011 WorldCup final where he promoted himself up the order to face Sri Lankan bowler Muttiah Muralidharan.
India won the ODI WorldCup after 28 years. Dhoni also led the team to World No: 1 in both ODI and Test game formats.
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Dhoni also led the team to victory in the 2013 championships trophy against Sri Lanka.
He also retired from the test game format. He stepped down as the captain after India's defeat in the 2015 ODI WorldCup and 2016 T20 WorldCup.
He is regarded as one of the best Indian wicket keepers and best finisher, who will score a four or sixers to finish the game.