"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”.
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This little gem of a photo is one of my prized possessions. It was taken around the year 2007/08 at ND Studio in Karjat. I was about 22 years old, working as an assistant director. I took up this particular job only because the ad film featured the one & only MS Dhoni. I was overworked and underpaid, but I didn’t care- I just wanted to be in His presence. I was even injured at the time, but I worked through the pain in the hope that as a reward for my sincere efforts, I would be granted a chance to briefly meet MSD and maybe get a photo with him. When I finally met him, I was completely awestruck. He was so humble, so down-to-earth, full of grace and exuded an unmistakable aura of kindness. My love, respect and reverence for him grew even stronger. After I did my first movie, Sapna (who was our common hairstylist at the time) called me one day and said ‘hey I know you’re a massive MSD fan, he’s shooting at Mehboob studio, come & meet him if you’d like’. Man-oh-man! I just dropped everything and rushed to the studio to meet him! He was jovial and warm and praised my performance in BBB. We hung out, I had my cap and jersey signed by him, like a true fanboy. That day, I felt like I was walking on the clouds! Since then, every time that I have the good fortune of meeting him, I am left energised and enthused, as if a big brother has blessed me with energy and motivation to go out and be the best that I can be. ?? MSD is one of the greatest sportsmen to have ever lived. I’m lucky to have witnessed his playing career in my lifetime. A paragon of excellence. An icon of the sport. My hero forever. ? Thank you Mahi Bhai for bringing glory to our great nation and filling a billion hearts with pride. ?? #MSD the #GOAT ?
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.