MS Dhoni was responding to a letter of appreciation sent to him by Prime Minister Narendra Modi after he quit international cricket.
MS Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on August 15, took to Twitter on Thursday to thank PM Narendra Modi for appreciating his hard work on the field. The former India captain posted pictures of a letter he received from the Prime Minister of India. In the letter, PM Modi praised Dhoni not only for his achievements, but also for his rise from humble beginnings. “But, the name Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be remembered merely for his career statistics or specific match-winning roles. Looking at you as just a sportsperson would be injustice,” PM Modi wrote in his letter. “The correct way to assess your impact is as a phenomenon!” he wrote.
In the letter, PM Modi recalled some of the best on-field moments of Dhoni’s career while highlighting the 2011 50-over World Cup final.
PM Modi praised Dhoni for handling tough situations and thanked the wicketkeeper-batsman for making India proud.
PM Modi also highlighted the sacrifice that Sakshi and Ziva made and extended his good wishes to them.
On 15 August, Dhoni took to social media to announce his retirement from international cricket with a post, featuring glimpses of his career.
Dhoni’s last game for India came against New Zealand in 2019 World Cup semi-final in Manchester. India lost that match by 18 runs.
Dhoni will lead the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.
The 13th edition of the franchise-based tournament will be played in the UAE, beginning September 19.
The final of the tournament will be played on November 10 and all the matches will be played across three venues; Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.