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India's Dhoni Quits Intl Cricket, to Play IPL

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit international cricket on Saturday, drawing curtains on an illustrious, trophy-laden career with a cryptic Instagram message.

“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” he wrote on with a video montage which had images from his 15-year international career.

The message ended speculation around the international future of the enigmatic 39-year-old, who quit test cricket in 2014 and has not played for India since the team’s semi-final exit at the 50-overs World Cup in July last year.

“It is the end of an era,” Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said in a statement.

“His leadership qualities have been something which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game.

“Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one,” added Ganguly, himself a former India captain.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah called Dhoni “one of the greats of the modern era”.

“I wish him all the very best for IPL and his future endeavours,” Shah said, suggesting Dhoni would play in this year’s Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19.

Dhoni burst onto the international scene in an one-dayer against Bangladesh in late 2004 as a long-haired wicketkeeper with spectacular power-hitting prowess.

He went on to become statistically India’s most successful captain, leading them to World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20) and 2011 (ODI), while they also became the top ranked test team under him in 2009.

India's Dhoni Quits Intl Cricket, to Play IPL

BCCI secretary Jay Shah called Dhoni “one of the greats of the modern era”.

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Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni quit international cricket on Saturday, drawing curtains on an illustrious, trophy-laden career with a cryptic Instagram message.

“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” he wrote on with a video montage which had images from his 15-year international career.

The message ended speculation around the international future of the enigmatic 39-year-old, who quit test cricket in 2014 and has not played for India since the team’s semi-final exit at the 50-overs World Cup in July last year.

“It is the end of an era,” Indian cricket board (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said in a statement.

“His leadership qualities have been something which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game.

“Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one,” added Ganguly, himself a former India captain.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah called Dhoni “one of the greats of the modern era”.

“I wish him all the very best for IPL and his future endeavours,” Shah said, suggesting Dhoni would play in this year’s Indian Premier League in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19.

Dhoni burst onto the international scene in an one-dayer against Bangladesh in late 2004 as a long-haired wicketkeeper with spectacular power-hitting prowess.

He went on to become statistically India’s most successful captain, leading them to World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20) and 2011 (ODI), while they also became the top ranked test team under him in 2009.

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