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Sachin, other cricketers hail Dhoni for his contribution

by Prithviraj Sahu

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New Delhi: After Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down as the skipper of India’s One-Day International (ODI) and T20 International sides, Sachin Tendulkar hailed Dhoni as a steady and decisive captain.

Ex-players and celebrities also lauded the World Cup-winning skipper following his decision. BCCI had confirmed Dhoni’s decision to quit as captain on Wednesday stating that he would be available for selection for the upcoming series against England.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's retirement

He had already retired from Test cricket in December 2014.

“Congratulations to MSD on a wonderful career as a captain leading India to success in both T20 and ODI World Cups. Have seen him emerge from an aggressive player to a steady and decisive captain. It’s a day to celebrate his successful captaincy and respect his decision. Wish MSD the very best,” Tendulkar wrote on Twitter.

His contemporaries Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma and other players also heaped praise on Dhoni. Raina said: “India’s most successful captain who translated his vision into reality. Inspired many to dream more, do more and become more. Salute!”

Rohit Sharma wrote: “A true leader he influenced so many cricketing careers including mine when he asked me to open in the ICC Champions Trophy.”

Dhoni’s spouse Sakshi Singh also took to Twitter to express her thoughts following the announcement.

“@msdhoni There are no mountains high enough to stop you from climbing.Proud of you !! ????????” tweeted Sakshi Singh.

Dhoni has been India’s most successful captain. India have won the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007, the ICC ODI World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and also reached the top of the Test rankings in 2009 under his leadership.

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