Mumbai: Smriti Mandhana said on Monday that wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni has inspired all those around him to become a better cricketer and human being.
Her remarks came after MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket, ending his 16-year-long career.
“I still remember that the way Mahi Sir came out to bat in the 2011 World Cup final, the confidence on his face was something that inspired me, I am sure he has inspired everyone around him to be a better cricketer and most importantly a better human being,” Mandhana said in a video posted by Twitter handle of BCCI Women.
Mandhana also highlighted Dhoni’s knock in the 2011 World Cup final. The wicketkeeper batsmen who were leading the Men in Blue did not have a good tournament until the final.
“He has inspired everyone around him to be a better cricketer, leader and most importantly, a better human being,” #TeamIndia batter @mandhana_smriti hails “inspirational” @msdhoni.#ThankYouMSDhoni pic.twitter.com/7fh3LKTvDI
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) August 17, 2020
In the final against Sri Lanka, he promoted himself as number one and knocked India a match-winning knock for their second 50-over World Cup title.
On Saturday, Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram. The wicket-keeper-batsman Dhoni shared a video and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”
The video had the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background and in it.
Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the Indian side including his run out in the last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.
Dhoni shared his incredible journey on the Indian side, including his run out in the last match against New Zealand in the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019.
He is among the most successful captains of world cricket.
Under MS Dhoni’s leadership lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after having led India to triumph in the ICC World T20 in its maiden edition of the tournament held in 2007 in South Africa.
With India winning the ICC Champions Trophy in England in 2013, Dhoni became the first and is still the only captain to win all three ICC Trophies.
Unknowingly the fastest behind the wicket, Dhoni has 195 international stumpings, the most by any wicket-keeper. Dhoni played 350 ODIs against Sri Lanka with his highest score being 183.
In December 2014, he announced his retirement from the Test and offered an opportunity to the likes of Wriddhiman Saha. Dhoni scored 4,876 runs after playing 90 Tests at an average of 38.09.