Wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni (file image)
Wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni (file image)

Wished Dhoni would have continued playing after 2019 WC semis: Sharath Kamal

ANI | Updated: Aug 16, 2020 21:58 IST

New Delhi [India], Aug 16 (ANI): As wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket, table tennis player Sharath Kamal on Sunday said that he wished that the former skipper would have continued playing after the 2019 World Cup semi-finals.
Dhoni last played an international match during the 2019 World Cup and he eventually played his last innings against New Zealand in the semi-finals.
On Saturday, Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram. The wicket-keeper-batsman Dhoni shared a video and captioned the post, "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired."
The video had the iconic song 'Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu' from Amitabh Bachchan's 'Kabhie Kabhie' playing in the background and in it, Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.
"Dhoni's retirement news feels very heavy for me. Feels like a part of me has retired. We are almost the same age, started our careers at the same time, did well almost at the same time," Sharath Kamal tweeted.
"And, now when he retires, I am extremely heavy in my heart. I thought and wished he would go on even after the World Cup Semi-Final loss. It is never going to be the same watching India without MSD," he added.Dhoni, hailing from Ranchi, who made his ODI debut in 2004, changed the face of Indian cricket with his calm demeanour, sharp understanding of the game, and astute leadership qualities.
He is among the most successful captains in world cricket. It was under his leadership that India lifted the ICC Cricket 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 to date to have won all three ICC Trophies.
While his heroics in the limited-overs formats are well documented, it was also under his leadership that India became the number one 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. Leaving behind a rich legacy that will be difficult to replicate, Dhoni holds the record for most international matches as captain (332).
Unarguably the quickest man behind the wicket, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper. Dhoni played 350 ODIs with his highest score being 183 against Sri Lanka.
Also referred to as 'Captain Cool', Dhoni is known for his calmness and exquisite captaincy on the field. He was also known for his knack of opting for reviews and many have jokingly remarked to change the 'Decision-Review System's' name to 'Dhoni-Review System'.
In December 2014, he announced his retirement from Tests and gave a chance to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni called time on his Test career after playing 90 Tests, managing to score 4,876 runs at an average of 38.09.
Dhoni was slated to return to the cricket field on March 29 during the IPL's opening match between CSK and Mumbai Indians.
However, the tournament will now be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. He will continue to captain CSK in the IPL 2020. (ANI)