In a surprise Instagram tweet on Saturday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket, marking the end of an era, not just for India but for the game itself.
Dhoni, however, will play for the Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of the IPL. And team CEO is Kasi Viswanath had recently said that he will continue playing till 2022.
Dhoni had quit Test cricket in December 2014 and there was intense speculation as to when the explosive wicket-keeper batsman will hang up his limited overs boots in international cricket.
The speculations grew after the former captain took a break from the game after ICC ODI World Cup and joined his regiment of the Indian Army for a short stint. He made himself unavailable for the limited over series against West Indies in the Caribbean and South Africa at home.
Looking back at the illustrious career of the Jharkhand-born cricketer, the wicket-keeper batsman led India to all major ICC trophies (2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy) along with guiding the Test side to the No. 1 rankings during the initial phase of his captaincy era.
Dhoni represented India in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is.