Phenomenal cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni or MS Dhoni recently announced his retirement from international cricket. Known to be an exceptional player as the Indian cricket team won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy under his captainship.
As he announced his retirement, he uploaded an emotional montage on his official Instagram account from various stages of his life while he played for team India. He captioned it, “Thanks
Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired”
Here is how Bollywood reacted to the news:
Superstar Ranveer Singh posted a picture with the Cricketer from earlier days when he was only 22. He mentioned that he was an assistant director for an ad Dhoni had come to shoot and his only wish was to meet him.
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This little gem of a photo is one of my prized possessions. It was taken around the year 2007/08 at ND Studio in Karjat. I was about 22 years old, working as an assistant director. I took up this particular job only because the ad film featured the one & only MS Dhoni. I was overworked and underpaid, but I didn’t care- I just wanted to be in His presence. I was even injured at the time, but I worked through the pain in the hope that as a reward for my sincere efforts, I would be granted a chance to briefly meet MSD and maybe get a photo with him. When I finally met him, I was completely awestruck. He was so humble, so down-to-earth, full of grace and exuded an unmistakable aura of kindness. My love, respect and reverence for him grew even stronger. After I did my first movie, Sapna (who was our common hairstylist at the time) called me one day and said ‘hey I know you’re a massive MSD fan, he’s shooting at Mehboob studio, come & meet him if you’d like’. Man-oh-man! I just dropped everything and rushed to the studio to meet him! He was jovial and warm and praised my performance in BBB. We hung out, I had my cap and jersey signed by him, like a true fanboy. That day, I felt like I was walking on the clouds! Since then, every time that I have the good fortune of meeting him, I am left energised and enthused, as if a big brother has blessed me with energy and motivation to go out and be the best that I can be. 🙏🏽 MSD is one of the greatest sportsmen to have ever lived. I’m lucky to have witnessed his playing career in my lifetime. A paragon of excellence. An icon of the sport. My hero forever. 🌟 Thank you Mahi Bhai for bringing glory to our great nation and filling a billion hearts with pride. 🇮🇳 #MSD the #GOAT 🐐
Newcomer Siddhant Chaturvedi uploaded a picture of Dhoni hugging Suresh Raina, another batsman who announced his retirement recently. Their partnership was considered iconic. He captioned the post, “Aur Ek alag se tribute iss Jodi ko bhi ❤️”
Abhishek Bachchan also uploaded a picture of himself with the sportsman as he wrote, “End of an Era! Thank you @mahi7781 for all the memories. You filled a nation with belief and pride. All the best to you and your family for your next innings. 🙏🏽”
Actress Nushrat Bharucha also expressed through a post that Dhoni made her fall in love with cricket!
Other celebrities like Shekhar Kapur, Huma Quereshi, Riteish Deshmukh, Mohanlal, Yami Gautam and so on also expressed their heartfelt thoughts on MS Dhoni’s retirement.
Take a look:
Not once, never, can i remember our hearts not pounding, our excitement levels not rising when Dhoni came out to bat. A true game changer.
You made cricket seem simple, almost casual, yet exhilarating. Unexpected. If that’s not genius, I don’t know what is #Dhoni #DhoniRetires
— Shekhar Kapur (@shekharkapur) August 15, 2020
— Huma S Qureshi (@humasqureshi) August 15, 2020
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 15, 2020
— Mohanlal (@Mohanlal) August 15, 2020
Immense respect for M.S Dhoni for not just being an outstanding player but also setting an exceptional example with his conduct and journey, on & beyond field https://t.co/cuRg79nUwP
— Yami Gautam (@yamigautam) August 15, 2020
#Dhoni retires!! Thankyou captain for making us proud always!! Ever dependable!! Amazing memories !! You be done India proud!! Keep inspiring us!!
— Divya Dutta (@divyadutta25) August 15, 2020
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) August 15, 2020
An exceptional player, an exemplary leader, an absolute class act on and off the field..A true legend!! Thank you for everything you have done for Indian cricket MS.. Wish you nothing but the best always 🙏🏼🇮🇳❤️ #Dhoni #dhoniretires #fangirlforever pic.twitter.com/dqDdUVhZsi
— Sophie C (@Sophie_Choudry) August 15, 2020
Nicknamed, Captain Cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni also has the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honour and Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honour to his name. He was also regarded as the Indian Captain who was responsible for the most wins of the Indian team for ODIs and T20Is.