India’s World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni and the iconic left-handed batsman Suresh Raina both announced their retirements from international cricket this year on August 15, 2020. Dhoni and Raina had been two constants in India’s middle-order in ODIs for a long time. The duo has many match-winning partnerships to their credit, often coming to India’s rescue when the top order would fail to fire.
One of the most admired and respected cricketers, Dhoni is among the most successful captains in world cricket. The 39-year-old Dhoni has some great achievements to boast from 16 years of his international career. The Ranchi boy captained the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC 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 till date to have won all three ICC Trophies.
Dhoni is also India’s longest-serving Test captain. It was also under his leadership that India became the No. 1 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.
He was also conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in 2011. Besides his professional accolades, his calm and friendly demeanour won him the respect and love of his teammates as well as his fans and in 2016, a biopic “MS Dhoni: The Untold Story” was made on him.
Raina too has many feats. He represented India in the U-19 World Cup at the age of 16. He made his ODI debut when he was just 18 years old and became the youngest captain for India in T20 Internationals at the age of 23 years. He was the first Indian batsman to score a century in a T20 International and all the three formats of the game.
Dhoni and Raina, you both will be missed!!