Tributes poured in from all corners of the cricketing world as former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement on Saturday.
Here are some of the reactions...
The 2011 World Cup win was @sachin_rt farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni ... What an incredible international career ... You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher ... Cheers for all the memories MS 👍👍— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 15, 2020
Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings. pic.twitter.com/5lRYyPFXcp— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2020
The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours. #MSDhoni— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) August 15, 2020
Always Carefree...never careless. Understood the importance of ‘moments’ but never got overawed by them. Redefined wicket keeping....mastered the art of finishing. An end of an era. MSD, one of the finest the world has seen. Or will ever see. Go well 🙌🙏 #MSDhoni— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 15, 2020
Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 15, 2020
Congratulations @msdhoni on an incredible career. T20, ODI WC 🏆 winning captain and took India to No 1 Test team in the world. A man who grafted hard to get to the top and proceeded to keep us on the edge of our seats. #MSDhoni— Isa Guha (@isaguha) August 15, 2020
It was a privilege to have played with a friend and a cricketer who gave many laurels to our country on the cricketing field, very very greatly done on your career @msdhoni #dhoniretires pic.twitter.com/ksfbedyDnQ— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 15, 2020
Congrats @msdhoni on a superb career.👏🏿👏🏿👏🏿— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) August 15, 2020
All the best for the next chapter, Champ!
Congratulations on a wonderful career @msdhoni !You were one of the best captains ever to step onto a cricket field & I m blessed to have shared some special moments with you! I wish you and your family the same success in your next innings! #MSDhoni pic.twitter.com/uH0qoJcNyi— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) August 15, 2020
The 39-year-old will, however, compete in this year's IPL, which gets underway in the UAE from September 19 after being moved out of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout from 1929hrs consider me as retired," Dhoni posted on his instagram handle.
The announcement came a day after he joined his Chennai Super kings teammates at the side's home base for a short training camp ahead of the players' departure to the UAE next week.
His last outing in India colours was during the lost World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year.
Ever since he went on a sabbatical after that match, speculation raged over his future but he stoically avoided a response for over a year.
The reticent man from Ranchi will, however, go down as one of the finest to have played the game for India, turning up for the country in a whopping 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20 Internationals.
(with PTI inputs)