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Dhoni retires: Pakistan cricket greats salute India and CSK legend

PTI/New Delhi
Filed on August 18, 2020
MS Dhoni will continue to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

Pakistani stalwarts such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis showed immense respect for Dhoni

The Pakistan cricket community hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni with one voice, calling him one of greatest captains India have ever produced and the one, who impacted the game in his own way.

Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, won the ICC World Cup, World T20 and Champions Trophy titles besides taking India to the number one spot in Test cricket.

But the 39-year-old wicketkeeper batsman will continue to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Having won three IPL titles as CSK captain, Dhoni will look to add another trophy in his glittering career when the 13th edition of the IPL begins in the UAE next month.

Pakistani stalwarts such as Inzamam-ul-Haq, Basit Ali, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Mudassar Nazar and many others showed immense respect for Dhoni

Inzamam, who won the most caps for Pakistan, said, "He is in my mind one of the greatest cricket captains India has produced. A true match-winner against whom I enjoyed playing a lot."

Rashid Latif felt that Dhoni's legacy will be remembered forever in Indian cricket but at the same time his retirement means Virat Kohli now can create his own legacy.

"Fantastic player and captain. He had this knack for reading the game so accurately and using his players accordingly for every situation and he was the perfect match finisher.

"He used to read the situation so well and finish accordingly. The criticism against him after last year's World Cup's semifinal was unjustified as he tried his best in difficult circumstances."

Former Test opener, Mudassar Nazar said there was no doubt that Dhoni was one of the great finishers the game has produced.

"I first saw him when I was coaching in Kenya. There was a triangular tournament in Nairobi and Dhoni scored back-to-back centuries. But even then I never knew he would go on to leave such a big impact on Indian and world cricket," Mudassar said.

Muhammad Yousuf said that Dhoni's ability to get runs as captain and wicketkeeper was astonishing.

"He batted at different positions and he always delivered. I remember his innings in the 2011 World Cup final. It was a master stroke the way he promoted himself in the batting order and hit the winning six," he said. 

Basit Ali said he had never seen a more versatile player than Dhoni.

"Just look at his record for India and for Chennai Super Kings, it is amazing. When he played for Pune in 2016 and 2017 his team played in the IPL final. Such was his impact on any team."

Former Test opener and chief selector, Mohsin Khan said that Dhoni's greatest contribution was to captain teams that included top senior players and also groom and encourage young upcoming players.

"His balancing act was so impressive. The way he led the senior players, gave them respect and kept the calm in the dressing room. The way he picked and then backed so many young players who have eventually become world class performers for India including Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma."

Former captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, Moin Khan also had special words for Dhoni.

"Personally, I find him to be a very exciting and class player who fits the description of an impact-player perfectly. He really came through for India and he deserves all credit," said Moin.

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