Mahendra Singh Dhoni Retires From International Cricket
MS Dhoni. (AFP)

India’s World Cup-winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from ODIs and T20Is on Saturday (August 15).

Dhoni last played for India in the 2019 World Cup.

Under Dhoni, India won the 2007 World T20, 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy.

“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929hrs consider me as retired,” Dhoni posted on his Instagram handle.

The announcement came a day after he joined his Chennai Super kings teammates in Chennai ahead of this year’s IPL in the UAE.

Overall, Dhoni scored 10,773 runs in ODIs, averaging 50.58 despite batting between No.5 and 7 in most games.

In Tests, Dhoni accumulated 4,876 runs at 38.09 and led India to 27 wins.


Dhoni made his ODI debut in December 2004. He smashed an unbeaten 148 in just his fifth ODI, against Pakistan in Visakhapatnam. His highest individual score (183*) came against Sri Lanka in Jaipur in 2005. Overall, he hit 10 centuries in the format.

Dhoni replaced Rahul Dravid as India’s ODI captain in 2007. An year later, Dhoni’s India registered their maiden tri-series (involving Australia and Sri Lanka) win Down Under. Also, two of India’s Asia Cup victories came under Dhoni in 2010 and 2016.

Dhoni’s highest individual Test score of 224 came against Australia in Chennai Test in 2013. Under his leadership, India were the No.1 Test side for one-and-a-half-years starting December 2009.

Dhoni quit Test cricket in 2014, while he stepped down as the ODI and T20I captain in January 2017.

In the IPL, Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to three titles.

The most significant of those titles came last season when the side made its return to the event after a two-year suspension for its official Gurunath Meiyappan’s role in the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.

(With PTI Inputs)