Former captain of the Indian cricket team-Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. Hailed as 'captain cool', the cricketer confirmed his retirement via video on Instagram on the occasion of India's Independence Day. Sharing glimpses of his career, Dhoni captioned the video as, "Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout.from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired". Soon after the news broke, Bollywood celebrities thanked him for his contribution to cricket and penned heartfelt messages on social media.
Ranveer Singh, on Instagram, shared unseen and rare pictures with Dhoni. He recalled the time when he met the former Indian cricket team captain in 2007-2008. Addressing him as humble, down-to-earth and full of grace person, Ranveer got emotional.
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
Arjun Kapoor shared a picture with Dhoni and wrote, "There are stars, there are legends & then there is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The only man who left me star struck on & off the field. I don’t care much for taking pictures because it’s something that now happens ever so often to us with selfies & camera phones but this is one I cherish. Thank You for the Memories"
There are stars, there are legends & then there is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The only man who left me star struck on & off the field. I don’t care much for taking pictures because it’s something that now happens ever so often to us with selfies & camera phones but this is one I cherish. Thank You for the Memories @mahi7781 #goat
Varun Dhawan and Vicky Kaushal thanked Dhoni on their Instagram stories.
Siddhant Chaturvedi shared a precious picture of Dhoni with Suresh Raina, who also announced his retirement on Saturday.
Anushka Sharma, Kartik Aaryan, Bhumi Pednekar, Taapsee Pannu and Riteish Deshmukh reacted to Dhoni's retirement news too.
a chapter ends in Indian cricket https://t.co/rIyCFrwVn4
— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) August 15, 2020
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 15, 2020
Farhan Akhtar, Angad Bedi, Shashank Khaitan, Randeep Hooda, Yami Gautam and Bipasha Basu penned heartfelt notes.
To not see @msdhoni in the India squad is going to take some getting used to. Thank you Mahi, for the years of cricket glory, great captaincy and nail biting finishes. Best of luck for all that awaits.
— Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) August 16, 2020
And just as how he played the game, he has retired from it ... no antics, no display of emotion, just a quiet goodbye... for millions like me who were hoping to see him one last time in the T20 world cup, this announcement stings. MS has always inspired me to focus on the process and not the results... to give your hundred percent everyday and not let the results bog you down or let you fly... the most grounded leader Team India could ever ask for... I have had the good fortune of experiencing his greatness a few times on the football field... He always enters without a fuss, is kind and polite to everyone, plays left wing and never tries to hog the limelight, rather is much happier passing it on to others. Even after a strenuous 2 hour session, he clicks a picture with all his fans, young and old, without the slightest sign of exasperation. A leader even when he is not officially incharge... Watching Cricket will never be the same without you Mahi... Captain Cool we will miss you (The only silver lining is, hopefully will meet him more often on the football field). @mahi7781
— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) 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