"End of an Era. Thank you MS Dhoni for all the memories!"
The world of Bollywood paid tribute to MS Dhoni after the former Indian cricket captain announced his retirement.
Dhoni, who was known as ‘Captain Cool’, walked away from international cricket on August 15, 2020.
He ends his career with 90 Test matches, 350 ODIs and 98 T20s.
Dhoni is also regarded as India’s most successful captain, taking India to the number one ranking and leading them to the 2011 World Cup, the 2007 World T20 which set up the IPL revolution and the Champions Trophy in 2013.
Dhoni took to Instagram to announce the news. He posted a video montage and wrote:
“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as retired.”
Fans were shocked at the announcement and are still reeling by Dhoni’s decision.
A number of Bollywood celebrities took to social media to thank the cricketer for his contribution to the game and achieving new milestones.
Sidharth Malhotra posted: “A big thank you to both of you for your contribution to cricket, I am and will always be a fan.”
Abhishek Bachchan wrote: “End of an Era. Thank you MS Dhoni for all the memories!
“All the best for your next innings. You filled a nation with belief and pride. One of the greatest of all time.”
Taapsee Pannu simply wrote: “A chapter ends in Indian cricket.”
Randeep Hooda expressed his sadness after hearing about Dhoni’s retirement:
“Nooooo!!! You’ve always known the best… Thanks for the entertainment.”
Ranveer Singh posted a lengthy statement on Instagram and shared an old photo of himself with the cricket legend, calling the memory one of his “prized possessions”.
While MS Dhoni has now officially retired, rumours about it had been rife since India’s 2019 semi-final defeat to New Zealand.
He decided to take a break and even told people not to ask questions about his future.
In September 2019, his wife Sakshi denied the rumours surrounding her husband’s future.
On May 27, 2020, the rumours began circulating to such an extent that #DhoniRetires became one of the top trends.
While the cricketer’s fans insisted that the rumours were false, Sakshi was angry by the wave of speculation in what has long been one of the most debated topics in Indian cricket.
She did not hold back as she said the lockdown had “made people mentally unstable”.
Sakshi wrote on Twitter: “Its only rumours! I understand lockdown has made people mentally unstable! #DhoniRetires… Get a life!”
However, just moments after writing the Tweet, Sakshi deleted it.