Mahendra Singh Dhoni yet again drops surprise on 15th August by announcing his retirement from International Cricket with a cryptic message on Instagram. The entire nation was dwelled in the celebration of India’s independence and were left shocked when Dhoni posted a video of his career at 19:29 p.m.
Coming from a small town Ranchi (now in Jharkhand), MSD broke the prevailing orthodox mentality, shattered records and delivered in style. He is the only captain to win all ICC Trophies- T20 World Cup in 2007, 50-overs World Cup in 2011 and Champions Trophy in 2013.
NR Narayana Murthy wrote in his latest article - ‘There was something more than just performance that Dhoni brought to the table. He ignited the minds and raised aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians.’ Dhoni had changed the game of Indian Cricket with his power-packed performances and brilliant strategies.
He is famous for his winning shot for a six in the 2011 World Cup Final against Sri Lanka and has proudly registered his name in the list of the greatest one-day finishers.
MSD was an exemplary leader. His leadership is a classic example of how success can be achieved if one is dedicated and committed to his work breaking all moulds related to background, caste or religion. Upgrading skills and continuously working for your goal marks the timeline of Dhoni’s captaincy.
Even corporates in India have learnt and taken examples from his leadership. His vision was to raise hopes, aspirations and expectations of Indians and he achieved every inch of it. He transformed Indian Cricket to every level.
A leader takes his responsibility seriously and guides and inspires his team mates to do their best even in crisis. That's what Dhoni did. He brought out the best in the players and gave an overall perfect performance. His amazing behind the wicket intuitive decision making were always a sight to watch. We have seen the empires taking a minute to figure out if the player batting is out or not but Dhoni has been so confident in his decisions.
His tremendous leadership was seen in IPL as well. He displayed excellent batting and finished as the second highest run-getter. In 2008 IPL, he was paid the highest and he did prove his worth. A great leader sets an example for the rest of the team and he did.
We will definitely miss Dhoni behind the wickets. We thank you.