Former India captain MS Dhoni has all but confirmed his retirement from international cricket in an Instagram post on Saturday afternoon.
Despite the lack of details in a very short post, Dhoni’s 21-year career appears to be over although he is still expected to feature in the upcoming IPL in the UAE, according to reports.
‘Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,’ read the message on Dhoni’s Instagram account, along with images from his time as a cricketer.
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The wicketkeeper already called time on his Test career in 2014 during a tour of Australia, which also came as a massive surprise, but he continued to represent India in the shorter formats.
The 39-year-old famously captained India to the World Cup crown in 2011 and was also at the helm of the Indian teams that won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, as well as the 2013 Champions Trophy.
Considered one of the greatest white-ball cricketers ever, Dhoni retires with a total of 10,773 ODI runs at an average of 50.53.
Shortly after his announcement, current India skipper Virat Kohli also took to Instagram to pay tribute to Dhoni for his contribution over the years.