DHONI, Raina retire from International cricket


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CRICKETERS led by Sourav Ganguly and Jay Shah, President and Secretary respectively of BCCI, have recalled the contributions made by Ranchi born Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Kumar Raina to the Indian cricket over the years before their  retirement from international cricket. Dhoni, ticket collector of Indian Railways turned superstar of cricket, had captained the Indian national team in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies. The only consolation news for his countless fans is that he has decided to participate in IPL-20 which will be held in UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic in India. Born on  7 July 1981 known as M. S. Dhoni and *Mahi*  among cricket lovers is a right-handed batsman. He is known as the greatest captain of all time, having achieved more success than any other captain in the history of cricket. In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series. In the Indian Premier League, he captained the Chennai Super Kings to victory at 2010, 2011 and 2018 seasons, along with wins in the 2010 and 2014 editions of Champions League Twenty20. In 2011, Time magazine included Dhoni in its annual Time 100 list as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” Dhoni holds the post of Vice-President of India Cements Ltd., after resigning from Air India. India Cements is the owner of the IPL team Chennai Super Kings, and Dhoni has been its captain since the first IPL season. Dhoni, who had announced his retirement from Tests on 30 December 2014, holds numerous captaincy records such as the most wins by an Indian captain in ODIs and T20Is, and most back-to-back wins by an Indian captain in ODIs. He took over the ODI captaincy from Rahul Dravid in 2007 and led the team to its first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies (World Cup, Champions Trophy and the World Twenty20). After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and the West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013. In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number one position for the first time in the ICC Test rankings. Suresh Kumar Raina,33, is an aggressive left-handed middle-order batsman and an occasional off-spin bowler. He is also regarded as one of the best fielders in world cricket. He plays for Uttar Pradesh in all forms of domestic cricket. He captained the Gujarat Lions in the IPL and is the vice-captain of the Chennai Super Kings which is led by Dhoni with Stephen Fleming as a team coach, Michael Hussey as batting coach and Lakshmipathy Balaji as bowling coach. Raina is the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket. Says Wikipedia Raina has also captained the Indian cricket team and is the second-youngest player ever to captain his nation. He is the first Indian batsman to hit a century in all three formats of international cricket. edited by @chakravartypk

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