India great Dhoni retires from international cricket

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FILE- In this Tuesday, March 8, 2016, file photo, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni attends a press conference prior to their practice match for the ICC World T20 cricket tournament in Kolkata, India. India great Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020. Under Dhonis stewardship, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. (AP Photo/Bikas Das, File)

NEW DELHI – India great Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who revolutionized limited overs cricket with his improvisation and devastating batting power, has announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.

“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as retired,” the 39-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman posted on his Instagram account.

The news came as he joined his Chennai Super Kings teammates ahead of next month's Indian Premier League tournament which will be held in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dhoni, who played in 90 tests, 350 one-day internationals and 98 Twenty20s for his country, was dropped from India’s list of 27 centrally contracted players in January.

Fellow India great S​achin Tendulkar said Dhoni’s contribution had been immense. “Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life,” the 47-year-old former batting maestro tweeted. "Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings.”

Dhoni has not played international cricket since last year's 50-over World Cup, where he scored a half-century in India's loss to New Zealand in the semifinals.

He made his test debut in 2005 and retired from the longer format of the game nine years later.

Dhoni was one of his country's most successful captains before standing down as skipper of the limited-over teams in 2017.