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Twitter salutes their hero, MS Dhoni as he retires from international cricket

Leaving the world in a state of shock and disbelief, India’s most decorated captain of all time, a man who made mountains move, Mahendra Singh Dhoni called it quits from international cricket in the most reticent fashion on India’s 73rd independence day. With speculations of the Indian wicket-keeping batsman hanging his boots building for a long time now, Dhoni announced it on Insta that his time has come.

In his official Instagram handle, Captain Cool penned, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired”. With the world stuck in the first gear in the midst of this raging pandemic, this was one of the catalysts that probably accelerated Dhoni’s decision of pulling the plug on his glittering international career.

The long-haired lad from Ranchi who made his debut against Bangladesh and went on to whack the Pakistani bowlers in the following series, thereby riveting the attention of the world on him was also the same man who took over the reins of India in the shortest format of the game, a version in which the nation was previously untested.

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Without the likes of their best cricketers, it was Dhoni’s intelligence laced with brilliance from the talented bunch that helped India to lift their maiden T-20 World Cup trophy. The biggest highlight of his career came in 2011 when his Reebok willow smashed the telling blow against the Sri Lankans, ending a 28-year wait for India to lift their second World Cup.

He accentuated his heroics as a skipper by notching up the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy when he made a bizarre decision to hand over the ball to a shaken Ishant Sharma, the man who changed the course of the game, dismissing the two-set batsmen at the crease.

His presence of mind against Bangladesh which made India win a dramatic thriller by toppling the Asian stalwarts in T-20 World Cup was of symbolic importance of his ingenious brain as a skipper and his remarkable calm as a leader of a highly talented bunch.

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As time elapsed, Dhoni continued with his disarming personality in the Indian ranks that saw the world being enthralled with his heroics behind the stumps, however, his batting dropped by a significant notch.

After playing a heroic inning in the 2019 ICC World Cup semi-final against New Zealand after India’s early landslide, there were speculations that it was almost the end for the Indian skipper. However, no clear-cut communiqué arrived as India continued with Risabh Pant behind the stumps in the frays post the World Cup and saw considerable promise in him.

No matter how good Pant is at the moment, the unfathomable void left by Dhoni in the Indian cricket team is too massive for any other cricketer to fill. We will look at how Twitter hailed the Indian captain for his glittering national career.

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