On Saturday, MS Dhoni took to Instagram to announce his retirement. Here’s a look at the highs and lows of his 15-year international career:
2004: Makes his ODI debut against Bangladesh in Chittagong. Gets run out for a duck.
2005: Scores his first ODI century – 148 against Pakistan in Vizag. Cements his place in the team. First time an Indian wicketkeeper scores a hundred.
Passing the test
2006: Scores his first Test century against Pakistan at Faisalabad; Involved in an unbeaten 146-run partnership for the second wicket against Pakistan in Karachi as India chase down 287.
2007: After a disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean, Dhoni’s effigies are burnt back home;
2007: Leads a young team to the inaugural ICC World T20 title in South Africa.
Firmly in charge
2008: Succeeds Anil Kumble as India’s Test captain. Defeats Australia 2-0 at home; Leads India to the Commonwealth Bank Trophy title in Australia.
2009: Becomes only the second Indian captain in 41 years to win a series in New Zealand;
On top of the world
India beat Sri Lanka 2-0 in a Test series to become the No. 1 Test team.
2011: India win the 50-over World Cup after 28 years. Dhoni seals the final with a six.
India go down 4-0 in England.
2012: India lose Test series in Australia 4-0. Go down 1-2 in home Test series against England.
2013: India win Champions Trophy in Birmingham as Dhoni becomes the first captain to complete a clean sweep of ICC trophies.
2013: Becomes India’s most successful Test captain, surpassing Sourav Ganguly’s 21 wins after India beat Australia in Hyderabad.
All of a sudden
2014: Announces Test retirement during the series in Australia
2015: India go down to Australia in the World Cup semifinal.
On top Down Under
2016: Wins T20I series in Australia 3-0.
2017: Shepherds Virat Kohli through a tense chase against Australia in World T20 Super 10 match in Mohali.
End of the road
2019: Gets run out in his final international match, his 350th ODI, the World Cup semifinal defeat to New Zealand.
WHAT A MOMENT OF BRILLIANCE!
— ICC (@ICC) July 10, 2019
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