M.S. Dhoni: The legendary cricketer and captain retires!

Erstwhile Indian captain, MS Dhoni, announced his retirement on August 15 in an Instagram post with a video captioned, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as retired.

The song playing the background was legendary playback singer Mukesh Kumar's popular song 'Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hun... Pal Do Pal Meri Kahani Hai... Pal Do Pal Meri Hasti Hai... Pal Do Pal Meri Jawani Hai...' Dhoni once sang this song during a function to reveal his philosophy of life.

This post of Mahi stunned cricket lovers, his fans and a news which came as a terrible blow to many. Suresh Raina also announced his retirement from international cricket minutes after MS Dhoni decided to hang up his boots. Raina took to Instagram, saying: “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in your journey. Thank you, India. Jai Hind.” Suresh Raina revealed that they made up their minds to retire on August 15th as their jersey numbers put together make 73 (Dhoni’s jersey number is 7 and Raina’s jersey number is 3). India completed 73 years of Independence on the same day as well. When M.S. Dhoni smashed the six that won the World Cup for India in 2011, it instantly became an iconic moment in cricket and established the man who started out as a railway ticket collector as one of the best palyer. The journey from being a ticket collector to a trophy holder, MS Dhoni achievements are an inspiration for many. The legend of legends, one in his own league, the enigma, the terminator, the destroyer, the unpredictable, the aggressive, the leader, the champion of champions, Dhoni have been a true patriot and servant of mother India.

Dhoni represented India 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. Apart from being one of the greatest finishers of the game, Dhoni will also go down as one of the finest captains in cricket's history.