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‘There will never be anyone like him’ — the tributes pour in as Dhoni retires

From Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble to current teammates and politicians, hundreds paid tribute to India's 'Captain Cool' M.S. Dhoni as he announced retirement.

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New Delhi: As one of India’s most illustrious cricketers and former captain M.S. Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket through a video montage of ‘Main pal do pal ka shayar hu‘ on Instagram, the tributes came pouring in from all sides.


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Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired

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Dhoni captained the Indian cricket team for almost a decade from 2007 to 2016 in the limited overs format and from 2008 to 2014 in Test cricket. He is the only captain in the history of cricket to have won all three ICC trophies — 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Along with Dhoni, fellow cricketer and teammate at Chennai Super Kings Suresh Raina also announced his retirement.

Among the people to congratulate Dhoni for his career was India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar who said “Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense… Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life.”

Former Team India mate Virendra Sehwag said, “To have a player like him,Mission Impossible. Na Koi Hai,Na Koi Tha, Na Koi Hoga MS ke jaisa.”

Anil Kumble, from whom Dhoni had taken over Test captaincy of India, praised his “calm demeanour”.

Aside from the two cricketing legends, current teammates Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara bid farewell to Dhoni who was also known as “captain cool”.

Not just Indian players, but international cricketers such as Shoaib Akhtar, Brad Hogg and Kevin Peterson too paid their tributes to the former Indian captain.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle got poetic and said “Where #Thala goes #ChinnaThala follows”, talking about Raina and Dhoni retiring at the same time.

Aside from the cricketing world, politicians across party lines were united in bidding farewell to Dhoni. Among these were Union Minister of State for Finance & Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur, Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Priyanka Chaturvedi, former Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha

The world of cricket bid farewell to the former Indian skipper, with both the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) saying goodbye to Dhoni.

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