NEW DELHI: Over the 16 years that he lorded over the worldwide cricket stage, fans had come to expect the unexpected from Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Even so, he handled to dish out a bolt from the blue on Saturday. On an unwinded I-Day night, after completing his first session with Chennai Super Kings colleagues following a five-month hiatus from cricket due to the lockdown, Dhoni posted an usually cryptic message on Instagram. “Thanks a lot for ur love and assistance throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired (sic),” Dhonis message read, as Sahir Ludhianvis Main pal do buddy ka shayar hoon sung by Mukesh played in the background. With that, Dhoni lowered the curtains on his international career, leaving many of his teammates baffled. Within minutes, his CSK and former India colleague Suresh Raina, too, announced his international retirement. Dhoni did not specify whether his statement was only regarding international cricket, CSK sources indicated that both he and Raina would continue playing for the franchise at least till IPLs 2021 edition. Dhonis statement marks the end of a period for Indian cricket. His numbers are incredible, however they do not start to capture the impact of the when long-haired kid from Ranchi whose canny captaincy, ice-cool demeanour under stressful pressure and unorthodox brilliance paved the method for some of Indian crickets most remarkable minutes. As the news broke out after practice at MA Chidambaram Stadium, those in the CSK dressing-room rushed to talk to him. Dhoni shrugged and informed them to check Instagram. “Just felt like it,” was all he said, and started preparing for Mondays net session in his normal unflustured manner. Some things, a minimum of, dont alter.

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