Indian cricket star, MS Dhoni announces retirement

MS Dhoni has announced his retirement from cricket at the age of 39. Photo via The Indian Express

New Delhi, India — Famous Indian cricket legend, MS Dhoni announces his retirement.

The 39-year-old player led India to the 2007 World Twenty20 title, the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy during his international career of 16 years.

Dhoni announced his retirement on his Instagram platform, after thanking his fans for the support he recieved throughout his career.

“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as retired,” he wrote on Instagram.

The player made his India debut in 2004 when he scored 10,773 one-day international runs in 350 games. This is the 11th highest tally in the sports history. He also played 90 Tests and 98 T20s.

Although Dhoni did not specify whether he retired from all cricket, Indian media reports that he will play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) later this year.

The brilliant wicketkeeper had scored 4,876 Test runs on 2004 and guided India to the top of the International Cricket Council rankings.

Dhoni, appointed as the Indian captian of the team in 2007, stepped down as limited-overs skipper in 2017 and won two Asia Cups in addition to the three global titles. However, he returned to lead his team for 200th ODI as captain a year later.

He was also the Indian captain in a record of 322 international matches. They are 200 in ODIs, 60 in Tests and 72 in T20.