Hyderabad: Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha on Sunday congratulated MS Dhoni on a remarkable international career and thanked the former skipper for always being a constant guide in his career.
On Saturday, Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram. The wicket-keeper-batsman shared a video and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as retired.”
The video had the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background and in it, Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.
“I would like to congratulate Mahi Bhai on an outstanding career. At the same time, I would like to thank him for all the contributions he has made to Indian cricket and he made sure that the next generation is in safe hands by guiding them and sharing his experiences,” Ojha told ANI.
“Without a doubt the achievements, whatever I have achieved in life, on cricketing field, I would like to thank Mahi Bhai, because he has been a constant guide, always helped me, gave me confidence, saying that he has also been a wonderful elder brother by having that personal touch of guiding me whenever I need him. I hope you have a lovely post-retirement life. Enjoy each and everything you do like riding bikes and do small things that give you happiness,” he added.
In February this year, Ojha had also announced his retirement from all formats of the game.
Dhoni, hailing from Ranchi, who made his ODI debut in 2004, changed the face of Indian cricket with his calm demeanour, sharp understanding of the game, and astute leadership qualities.
He is among the most successful captains in world cricket. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after having led India to triumph in the ICC World T20 in its maiden edition of the tournament held in 2007 in South Africa.
With India winning the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England, Dhoni became the first and is still the only captain to date to have won all three ICC Trophies.
While his heroics in the limited-overs formats are well documented, it was also under his leadership that India became the number one Test side in 2009 and the team stayed at the top for over 600 days.
He has led India to victory in 21 home Test matches, the most by an Indian captain. Leaving behind a rich legacy that will be difficult to replicate, Dhoni holds the record for most international matches as captain (332).
Unarguably the quickest man behind the wickets, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper. Dhoni played 350 ODIs with his highest score being 183 against Sri Lanka.
Also referred to as ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni is known for his calmness and exquisite captaincy on the field. He was also known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the ‘Decision-Review System’s’ name to ‘Dhoni-Review System’.
In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Tests and gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.
Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL’s opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians.
However, the tournament will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. He will continue to captain CSK in the IPL 2020.