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Tributes pouring for Dhoni on his retirement

The two-time World Cup-winning captain, M S Dhoni, kept everyone guessing about his retirement till the end but when he finally did, it left the cricket world overwhelmed with emotions. Such was the impact he had had on his teammates like Suresh Raina that the southpaw chose to retire from international cricket on the same day.

Batting great Sachin Tendulkar had broken a plethora of records but the elusive World Cup win only came at the fag end of his career and under Dhoni's leadership. "Your contribution to Indian cricket has been immense, @msdhoni. Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life. Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings," tweeted Tendulkar.

Virat Kohli became the champion cricketer that he is under Dhoni's leadership and the latter's retirement naturally made the current India skipper emotional.

"Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you've gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more. What you've done for the country will always remain in everyone's heart, but the mutual respect and warmth I've received from you will always stay in mine. The world has seen achievements, I've seen the person. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you," wrote Kohli on Twitter.

India head coach Ravi Shastri said Dhoni's professionalism stood out. "Massive boots to fill. It’s been a privilege and honour to be part of the dressing room and seeing you as a thoroughbred professional at work. Salute one of India’s greatest cricketers. Second to none. Enjoy. God Bless," he wrote.

He stumped everyone when he announced his retirement from Tests in the middle of a series in Australia and again, most did not know when he decided to hand over the limited overs captaincy to Kohli. "I think it was a surprise for all of us," said CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan, who sees Dhoni continuing for the Chennai franchise for at least another couple of years.

Indian speedster, Jasprit Bumrah tweeted, “You’ve been a friend and a guide on the field and off it. I’ve learnt so many valuable lessons by simply watching you be & I am glad I got to be a part of your professional journey. Congratulations on an illustrious career, Mahi Bhai, thank you for the memories.” Indian spinner Ravi Ashwin said, “The legend retires in his own style as always, @msdhoni bhai you have given it all for the country. The champions trophy triumph, 2011 World Cup and the glorious @ChennaiIPL triumphs will always be etched in my memory. Good luck for all your future endeavours”

Mumbai Indians Captain and Indian opener Rohit Sharma said, “One of the most influential man in the history of Indian cricket??His impact in & around cricket was massive. He was a man with vision and a master in knowing how to build a team. Will surely miss him in blue but we have him in yellow. See you on 19th at the toss.”

Indian batting star Cheteshwar Pujara tweeted, “Thank you @msdhoni bhai for your contribution to Indian cricket, and the mentorship over the years. Congratulations on a remarkable career, and best wishes for the journey ahead!”

Indian Rockstar allrounder Ravindra Jadeja said, “Elder brother, mentor, captain and above all a legend of the game. Learnt so much from you skipper. The game will miss you ?? #legend.” Reputed commentator and England player Isa Guha tweeted, “Congratulations @msdhoni on an incredible career. T20, ODI WC ?? winning captain and took India to No 1 Test team in the world. A man who grafted hard to get to the top and proceeded to keep us on the edge of our seats.”

Kris Srikkanth was the chief selector when India won the 2011 World Cup. He rated Dhoni among the best leaders the game has seen. "You were one of the best captains ever to step onto a cricket field & I m blessed to have shared some special moments with you! I wish you and your family the same success in your next innings!"

Indian opener, Shikhar Dhawan said, “Captain. Leader. Legend. Thanks Mahi bhai for everything you have done for the country!” while spinner Pragyan Ojha tweeted,

“For Indian Cricket, some shoes will never be filled. One of them is Mahi bhai.” Former fast bowler, Irfan Pathan said “It was a privilege to have played with a friend and a cricketer who gave many laurels to our country on the cricketing field, very very greatly done on your career.”

Another Indian opener who made his debut on Dhoni’s last Test as Captain, K L Rahul said, “No words will ever be enough. Thank you Mahi bhai, for your patience, your guidance and constant support. You are and will always be an inspiration and the reason so many of us believed in our dreams. 7 forever. ??????.”

India’s famous women cricket Mithali Raj said, “The man who immortalised jersey no.7, whose sharp mind and a cool head earned him the tag of #CaptionCool , the man who fulfilled billion Indian dreams by two World Cup trophies and who bid adieu in his inimitable style. Congratulations #MSDhoni on an outstanding career #Thala.”

Indian Test batsman Ajinkya Rahane said, “Thanks for everything Mahi will always be special for me, have learnt so much from you! Always wishing you the best!” Former Indian spinner and current CSK teammate Harbhajan Singh said, “Greatest wicket Keeper batsman, captain @msdhoni. I wish you lots of happiness going forward. Thank you for all the great contributions and memories on the field. Congratulation on great ?? career. see you soon in yellow jersey.”

Former Indian spinner and team Coach Anil Kimble said, “Congratulations @msdhoni on a great International career. It was an honour to play alongside. Your calm demeanour and the laurels you brought as skipper will forever be remembered and cherished. Wishing you the very best.”

Elegant Indian batsman V V S Laxman said, “Seeing Dhoni’s journey from a small town boy into a match-winner and one of the most astute leaders the world has seen was remarkable. Thank you for the wonderful memories, Mahi. It was my privilege to play alongside you and I will always cherish the memories we shared together.”

Former England skipper Michael Vaughan said Dhoni would go down as arguably the best whiteball captain and finisher ever. "The 2011 World Cup win was @sachin_rt (Tendulkar) farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni ... What an incredible international career ... You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher ... Cheers for all the memories MS," he wrote on Twitter.

Ex-Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja wrote: "MS Dhoni retires from international cricket! Great leader, great record, great entertainer and best in the world at a DRS read, but above all MS will be remembered for being a lead cast in Indian cricket's iconic moments.

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