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Published:18 August 2020

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On Saturday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket to bring the curtain down on a career that saw him becoming the first skipper to win all three major trophies of the International Cricket Council (ICC) — World Twenty20, World Cup and Champions Trophy.

In his Instagram post on Saturday, Dhoni wrote: "Thanks. Thanks for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

But Dhoni will play in the 13th edition of the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings. And recently, team CEO Kasi Viswanath had said he will continue playing until 2022.

Dhoni had stepped down as ODI captaincy in January 2017 after retiring from Tests in Australia on 30 December 2014. The 39-year-old from Ranchi led India in 200 ODI matches and 72 T20Is. Dhoni was named captain in 2007, he had led India to the top of the world Test rankings and is the only player to captain in more than 50 games in each of the three formats.

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Dhoni made his international debut in 2004, and rose through the ranks in Indian cricket. Dhoni led India to the inaugural World Twenty20 title in South Africa, after being appointed as the captain of the Twenty20 side in 2007.

He was eventually named captain of the ODI, succeeding Rahul Dravid when he relinquished the position, and then ascended to full-time Test captain when Anil Kumble retired.

Dhoni 's career had few crescendo moments, but the crowning moment came in 2011 when he slammed a power-packed six over widish long-on off a Nuwan Kulasekara’s fuller length ball to end India's arduous 28-year-long wait for a 2nd ODI World Cup.