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MS Dhoni retires from international cricket: ‘Your calculated risks and calm demeanour will be missed by Team India,’ says Kamal Haasan

Following the retirement announcement, celebrities expressed gratitude to Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his invaluable contribution to Indian cricket.

By: Entertainment Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 16, 2020 3:52:44 pm
bollywood on dhoni retirementMS Dhoni announces retirement from international cricket. (Photo: Express Archive)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, lovingly called Mahi by fans, on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket. Sharing a video on Instagram, he wrote, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

MS Dhoni, 39, is one of India’s most loved sportspersons. On the field, he was known for his calm demeanour and cool disposition even when things were not going his way.

Dhoni-led Indian cricket team won the first-ever Twenty20 World Cup held in 2007. In 2011, the Indian team won its second Cricket World Cup under his captaincy.

Apart from his captaincy, MS Dhoni was also known as one of the best wicket-keepers and a destructive finisher batsman in limited-overs cricket and led the team to several unlikely wins through his batting.

He also found success in the Indian Premier League, leading Chennai Super Kings to victory thrice.

Following the retirement announcement, celebrities expressed gratitude to Mahendra Singh Dhoni for his invaluable contribution to Indian cricket.

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15:52 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Kamal Haasan: Your calculated risks and calm demeanour will be missed by Team India

Thanking MS Dhoni in a tweet, Kamal Haasan wrote, "Dear @msdhoni Thank you for demonstrating how self-belief can help achieve in sports and life. Rising from a small town to being the hero of the nation, your calculated risks and calm demeanour will be missed by Team India. Glad that your love story with Chennai continues."

15:28 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'All the best for the next chapter in your life'

Film producer Bunty Walia shared, "Thank u for all the memories @mahi7781 All the best for the next chapter in your life! One of the greatest captain of india! #truepatriot #captaincool #msdhoni #matchwinner #bestfinisher #cricket #india #mahi #buntywalia."

15:00 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Gaurav Kapoor on Dhoni

Gaurav Kapoor tweeted, "The only thing that is predictable about him, is his unpredictability. You can try and guess what he will do post retirement, but statistically you’ve got a better chance of winning the lottery"

14:40 (IST)16 Aug 2020
When Sushant Singh Rajput prepped for MS Dhoni 's 'helicopter shot'
 
 
 
 
 
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3 years of #msdhonitheuntoldstory 💥 I got up this morning and looked at myself through your eyes, and then looked back at you, with everything I understood I was. #selfmusing 💫❤️

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Sushant Singh Rajput's Instagram has video when he celebrated 3 years of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story's release. The actor had then shared a video and wrote along, "3 years of #msdhonitheuntoldstory 💥 I got up this morning and looked at myself through your eyes, and then looked back at you, with everything I understood I was.#selfmusing 💫❤️."

14:20 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Tanuj Virwani on MS Dhoni
 
 
 
 
 
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The 2007 50 over cricket World Cup debacle was one of the lowest points in the history of Indian cricket.But while a nation mourned its fallen heroes,Something truly amazing was brewing underneath the surface.A new breed of Indian cricketer.A seismic shift in our cricketing Culture was quietly taking shape. Within a few months this new mindset would reap rich dividends with India winning the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.The catharsis could not have been more spectacular.From the Ashes of the old world,A brave,new,glorious world was born.One that knew no fear.One that knew nothing was impossible. There have been many many great players over the years.But what truly set MSD apart from the rest is his impeccable conduct,icy cool demeanour and an incredible amount of self belief.A Street smart cricketer who often debunked tradition in favour of innovation,whether that was with his batting,keeping or Captaincy. Cricket draws a lot of parallels with life in the way it ebbs and flows,sometimes up,sometimes down,sometimes fast and sometimes achingly slow.Funny as it may seem,I have inculcated so many little qualities by just watching him both on and off the field.I have never met him in my life but he has left a huge imprint on my being and I know he will Continue to. Thank you Mahi for being not just a wonderful ambassador to the game I love so much,but being a true role model to millions of people-Both cricket and non cricket fans all over the world. You never demanded respect from any of your team mates or opponents,but you always commanded it.And that is your greatest triumph.That is your Lasting Legacy. @mahi7781

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Writing a long post on cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni, actor Tanuj Virwani wrote, "Thank you Mahi for being not just a wonderful ambassador to the game I love so much,but being a true role model to millions of people-Both cricket and non cricket fans all over the world. You never demanded respect from any of your team mates or opponents,but you always commanded it.And that is your greatest triumph.That is your Lasting Legacy"

14:02 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'Will miss you in Blue'

Kamya Punjabi took to Twitter and wrote, "It is an emotional moment #MSDhoniretires #Dhoni the papa of #Cricket Red heart we will miss you in Blue..!!! #msdhoniretirement"

13:46 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Arjun Kapoor: The only man who left me star struck

Arjun Kapoor shared that Indian cricketer MS Dhoni is "the only man who left me star struck on and off the field."

13:32 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'Best of luck for all that waits'

Actor Farhan Akhtar wrote, "To not see @msdhoni in the India squad is going to take some getting used to. Thank you Mahi, for the years of cricket glory, great captaincy and nail biting finishes. Best of luck for all that awaits."

13:10 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Venkatesh Daggubati: We will miss you on field

"Thank you for all the memories. We will surely miss you on field," Venkatesh Daggubati shared via Twitter.

12:32 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Akhil Akkineni: Your journey changed Indian cricket for the best

Actor Akhil Akkineni thanked MS Dhoni for his contribution to Indian cricket. "Thank you captain cool for all the incredible memories. Your journey has not just impacted but changed Indian Cricket for the best. What a legend!" he tweeted.

11:45 (IST)16 Aug 2020
SS Rajamouli: You will be a torchbearer for generations to come

In a tweet, SS Rajamouli expresssed, "You entertained us! You made us proud! More than that, by staying calm in nerve racking moments, you inspired us! This is a moment that is very hard to take... You will be a torchbearer for generations to come... @msdhoni Sir, Thank You..."

11:24 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'He came. He conquered'
 
 
 
 
 
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Namit Das posted a note on Instagram with a caption that read, "He came. He conquered. He left. We watched. We stayed. We lived our lives with him on our TV screens. Now we live with the memories."

11:00 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Anushka Shetty pens an emotional post

Actor Anushka Shetty took to Instagram and posted an emotional note, which read, "You made us believe in the belief of being champions after champions, as a pride we owned every championships under you. ‪You taught us how to make winning a habit... A signature habit indeed. You made every cricket fan's dream a reality and ended up putting us in the reality of your retirement‬. Yes, it does hurt but still we are with you in believing that the seeds of inspiration, championship you sowed in young cricketers will grow up to be champions. Congratulations for your achievements and my Best Wishes for your Next innings MS Dhoni"

10:46 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Siddhant Chaturvedi pays tribute to Dhoni and Raina
 
 
 
 
 
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Aur Ek alag se tribute iss Jodi ko bhi ❤️ @mahi7781 @sureshraina3 🇮🇳 🏆

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Siddhant Chaturvedi shared a picture paying tribute to the Indian cricketer duo Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina who announced their retirement from International cricket.

10:12 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'Time will pass but your victories will remain eternal'

Vineet Kumar on Instagram wrote, "You have given us 1000 moments of happiness. So many times you have made the nation celebrate you, with you. Even though the time is changing, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, your story will stay eternal."

09:52 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'You were always super classy, stylish and humble'
 
 
 
 
 
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R Madhavan posted a picture with MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina with a caption that read, "Bro you always were super CLASSY, STYLISH AND HUMBLE. I have always admired you demure and grit. Aur the way you chose to say goodbye has touched my heart and left me teary-eyed. What an appropriate song you chose ....God bless you with the very best in the next phase of your life my bro.. This year has forced us to take a lot on our chin but this was one tough blow .. cricket will never be the same again for me"

09:32 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Mahesh Babu: How will I forget the iconic sixer!

Mahesh Babu in a tweet mentioned, "How can I ever forget the iconic sixer!! World cup champions 2011 India!! Was in the stands at Wankhede, proud and tears rolling down... Cricket will never be the same... Take a bow @msdhoni"

09:10 (IST)16 Aug 2020
'You gave captaincy a new meaning'

Radikaa Sarathkumar said, "You gave Captaincy a new meaning, your calmness and demeanour is an inspiration to many. Your game , you gave it all. With the same calmness you bid adieu. Miss you #msdhoni"

08:52 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Abhishek Bachchan: End of an Era

Abhishek Bachchan called Dhoni's retirement an end of an era. "Thank you @msdhoni for all the memories! All the best for your next innings. You filled a nation with belief and pride. One of the greatest of all time," he wrote.

08:33 (IST)16 Aug 2020
Varalakshmi Sarathkumar: You will always be our captain

Varalakshmi Sarathkumar took to Twitter and wrote, "What can you say about a man like @msdhoni ...all we can say is Thank you for the cricket..thank you for making us proud..thank you for entertaining us with your every breath..there will never be another you..and u will always be our captain..we love you #dhoni."

Prithviraj tweeted, "India’s greatest wicket keeper-batsman retires from international cricket. Farewell champion, captain. Will miss seeing you in blues and whites! #MSDhoni #dhoniretires."

Rohit Bose Roy shared, "Heart broken 💔 End of an era!! Thank you for making us proud... For making us confident... For finishing it off with a swagger only you have!! I only wish you could have gone on forever on the field! All the best my friend 🤗 @msdhoni #legend #master #dignified."