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Tributes pour in for MS Dhoni

The former Indian captain, after a glorious 16-year career, bid farewell to international cricket on Saturday.

MS Dhoni, the former India skipper and the only captain to have won all the three ICC trophies – World T20 Championship (2007), World Cup (2011) and Champions Trophy (2013)– announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.

The tributes started to pour in from all over the world as soon as the Captain Cool announced his decision to hang his boots. 

Dhoni, who made his debut in international cricket in 2004, went on to play 350 ODIs, in addition to 90 Tests and 98 T20Is, and became one of the most successful Indian captains, leading the side to 178 wins across formats.

Add to it, his ability to take India home with the bat with and lightning fast glovework.

Dhoni, who ended his international career with 829 dismissals – third highest for a wicketkeeper – across formats, was lauded by the legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler.

 Buttler took to Instagram to pay his tributes to his “hero”.
“A hero of mine and so many millions more all around the world. Congratulations on a quite incredible international career @mahi7781! An honour to have played against you. #MS,” wrote Buttler. 

 Ex-England batsman Kevin Pietersen, meanwhile, welcomed Dhoni to “the retirement club” while lauding him on a “magical career”.

 Ricky Ponting, former Australian skipper and the second-highest run-getter in Test cricket, said that he enjoyed every contest that he and Dhoni were involved in.

 Ponting’s compatriot and the spin-bowling legend Shane Warne congratulated the ex-India skipper on his “wonderful cricket career”.

 Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka skipper, termed Dhoni as a “special player and wonderful guy”.

Former Australian all-rounder and Dhoni’s teammate at Chennai Super Kings, Shane Watson, lauded the former Indian skipper.

Former India coach and South Africa batsman, Gary Kirsten, said that Dhoni was “one of the best leaders” he came across. Kirsten was India coach when the MS Dhoni-led side lifted the 2011 World Cup trophy. 

South African speedster Kagiso Rabada also congratulated Dhoni on a “world-class international career”.