MS Dhoni. (Source: Twitter)

Former India skipper MS Dhoni announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Saturday.

“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired (sic)”, read the post of the formal announcement.

Dhoni will play the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was out of action since India’s loss to New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semi-final.

Dhoni has led India to victories in World T20 2007, 50-over World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy 2013. He had retired from Test cricket back in 2014.

Dhoni played a total of 350 ODIs and scored over 10000 runs at an average of 50.6. He scored 73 half-centuries along with 10 tons. In T20Is, Dhoni represented India in 98 matches and scored 1617 runs at a healthy average of 37.6.

Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, BCCI: “It is the end of an era. What a player he has been for the country and world cricket. His leadership qualities have been something, which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game. His batting in one-day cricket in his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance. Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one. He has set the standards for the wicketkeepers to come and make a mark for the country. He will finish with no regrets on the field. An outstanding career; I wish him the best in life.”

Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI: “MS Dhoni is one of the greats of the modern era. I understand it’s a personal decision and we respect that. ‘Mahi’ as we all fondly refer to him, has had an exceptional career in international cricket. His captaincy has been both inspiring and commendable. He is leaving the game richer from the time he joined. I wish him all the very best for IPL and his future endeavours.”

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