A few minutes after MS Dhoni announced his retirement, Dhoni’s close friend and CSK teammate Suresh Raina also announced his retirement from international cricket.
Raina also took to social media like Dhoni to announce his retirement. He is currently in Chennai along with Dhoni to attend the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) training camp for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League.
“It was nothing but lovely playing with you, Mahi. With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India. Jai Hind,” Raina wrote on the post’s caption.
Earlier on Friday, MS Dhoni, the former captain of the Indian cricket team, had announced his retirement from international cricket.
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni made the confirmation through a video on Instagram. “Thanks. Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” he wrote in the caption.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni
Since the defeat to New Zealand, Dhoni did not play any formate of cricket in the last one year. However, Dhoni would be turning up in the IPL where he will captain the Chennai Super Kings in the tournament’s 13th season in the UAE.
Legend MS Dhoni has captained India in 332 international matches – 200 ODIs, 60 Tests and 72 T20Is – which is a world record. Australia’s Ricky Ponting has captained in 324 international matches. Dhoni has remained unbeaten in 84 ODIs, which is again a world record.
He also holds the record for inflicting the most number of stumpings in international cricket. in 350 matches, Dhoni has 123 stumpings to his name. He is also the only wicket-keeper to have inflicted 100 international stumpings in his career.
A member of 2011 World Cup-winning team, Raina was ruled out after the IPL 2019 final due to a knee injury after which he had not played any competitive cricket.
Raina was also part of the Dhoni-led side that won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013. He kept his place for the 2015 World Cup but became an irregular member of the side following that.
The left-handed batsman did make an impactful debut in Test cricket but only managed to play 18 Test matches. He scored 768 runs in 31 innings at 26.48, which included one century and seven half-centuries.
In ODIs, Raina scored 5615 runs in 226 ODIs while in 78 T20Is, he scored 1605 runs at 29.18. Dhoni’s deputy at Chennai Super Kings, Raina will continue to play the Indian Premier League.