ICC says Dhoni has inspired an entire generation and will be missed
Tributes continue to flow to Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the game’s governing body, ICC, says the former India captain “inspired an entire generation and will be deeply missed.”
Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday night. A concise post on his Instagram page read: “consider me retired.”
The 39-year-old is the only captain to have won all the ICC trophies: the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.
“MS Dhoni is one of the greats of the game of all time. The image of his winning shot at Wankhede Stadium in the final of the 2011 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is etched in the memory of cricket lovers around the world, ”said ICC CEO Manu Sawhney.
Sawhney was referring to the six that Dhoni connected with Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Kulasekara to win the ODI World Cup title at home.
“He has inspired an entire generation and we will miss him deeply. On behalf of the ICC, I congratulate him on his outstanding cricket career and wish him all the best for the future, ”Sawhney said.
In 98 tests, Dhoni scored 4,876 runs with 256 sacks and 38 strains, while he racked up 10,773 runs with 321 sacks and 123 strains in 350 ODI.
The last time he played for India was during the semi-finals against New Zealand at the ICC ODI World Cup last year.
In T20I, the 39-year-old had 1,617 runs with 57 captures and 34 strains. He earned six centuries in Testing and ten in ODI.
Dhoni spent 656 days as the top-ranked hitter in the ICC Men’s ODI Player Rankings from 2006 to 2010 and was the ICC ODI Player of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
He was in the ICC ODI Teams of the Year in 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 and in the ICC Test Teams of the Year in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. He won the ICC Spirit of Cricket award in 2011.