Dhoni is among the many most profitable captains in world cricket. Under his captaincy, India lifted the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011, ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 and ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa.
As Mahi heralded a brand new daybreak, Timesofindia.com caught up with some gamers who shared their greatest recollections of getting hung out with Dhoni:
Irfan Pathan (former India cricketer)
He has been an exquisite cricketer. When it involves data, if anybody would attempt to intention for his file as a captain, it might be a mountainous activity to realize what MS Dhoni has achieved. A man who got here within the Indian group with the flamboyance, matured as quickly as he obtained the captaincy in 2007. It was an exquisite expertise to play cricket with him. We had fairly a number of experiences. It’s nice what he has achieved, what he has achieved for himself and the nation, in addition to many children who will take up cricket and their idol might be Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
Khaleel Ahmed (India cricketer)
I all the time needed to play beneath Mahi bhai’s captaincy. Mahi bhai stop the restricted overs captaincy in 2017 and I made my worldwide debut in 2018. But the day got here. He led India in opposition to Afghanistan within the Asia Cup. I had picked three wickets on debut (vs Hong Kong) and was chosen for the second match in opposition to Afghanistan. It was an honour to play beneath him. We had been requested to subject. The second all of us entered the sphere, Mahi bhai shouted “Khaleel, idhar aa. Jaa begin kar bowling (Khaleel, come right here! Start the proceedings). That was the magical second for me. I all the time needed to start out for India the best way Zaheer Khan used to do. And that chance was given to me by Mahi bhai. I instantly rushed to the umpire and took the ball. I didn’t need Mahi bhai to alter his thoughts (laughs). He by no means made me really feel like a junior. He all the time handled me like a buddy and a youthful brother.
Ishan Kishan (Jharkhand and Mumbai Indians cricketer)
He all the time requested me to provide myself time once I go and play a match. He mentioned give your self half an hour in case you are taking part in a pink ball recreation to get into the rhythm. Once you’re set, then do no matter you need. I’m somebody who will attempt to hit the ball from the phrase go. He requested me to be affected person and calm. Keeping calm is one thing I learnt from him and it labored rather well in my recreation. I want him all the most effective for his profession. He is a legend of the sport.
Siddharth Kaul (India cricketer)
I can’t neglect the day when he gave me my debut cap. I’ll all the time cherish that second. Receiving a debut cap from a legend like Mahi bhai was a really large factor for me. I obtained each my debut caps (T20Is and ODIs) from Mahi bhai. He is leaving worldwide cricket. It’s an emotional second for me. I want the World T20 would have occurred this yr and we might see Mahi bhai within the match. That would have been a distinct feeling altogether. His retirement information is an enormous shock to everybody.
Lalchand Rajput (former India cricketer and Team India supervisor of 2007 T20 World Cup successful group)
He guided India to the World Cup T20 in 2007. That would be the particular second for me. I noticed him speaking to gamers like a buddy. He by no means needed his team-mates to take stress. The phrase stress was not in his dictionary. Sometimes he used to say loudly ‘stress lene ka nahi, dene ka’ (Don’t take stress, give stress). That was his motto. This is what drove him and his group ahead.
Sumit Kumar (Jharkhand cricketer)
I’ve a lot of recollections of Mahi bhai. I used to be groomed beneath his steering. He taught me the duty one has when he stands behind the wickets. I nonetheless bear in mind the Vijay Hazare match of 2015. I used to be additionally chosen alongside Mahi bhai. It was an enormous alternative and pleasure to share the dressing room with a legend like him. I’ve grown up watching him and all the time needed to be like him. Whenever I’m unsure, I take recommendation from him. He has taught me so much about wicket-keeping. I’ll all the time bear in mind the dressing room conversations I had with him.
Ahead of the Ranji Trophy semi-final match in opposition to Gujarat in 2016-17, I used to be working towards. Mahi bhai was the mentor of the group that season. Mahi bhai appreciated one in every of my bats I used to be utilizing within the match. He got here and mentioned ‘wo bat mujhe chaiye’ (I need that bat). He mentioned he needed to play a sequence with that bat. It was an India vs Sri Lanka sequence. I used to be completely happy to provide him that bat.
Deepak Chahar (India and CSK cricketer)
Mahi bhai is an incredible chief. Bowling the beamers (in IPL 2019) was one of many greatest studying experiences of my profession. That incident taught me so much. I used to be bowling within the loss of life overs. Plenty of issues occurred in that match. Beamers, no ball, boundary after which a scolding from the captain (Dhoni). But I’m completely happy that I might make a comeback and take a wicket. Mahi bhai scolded me however then hugged me after that incident. It may be very robust to regain confidence after such deliveries and that too within the loss of life overs. It wants a whole lot of braveness. I made errors and learnt instantly from these. That incident gave a whole lot of confidence and helped to take my recreation to a different degree.
Iqbal Abdulla (Currently taking part in for Sikkim in home cricket)
He is a legend of the sport. I’ll all the time miss him. My greatest reminiscence would be the Royal Challengers Bangalore match in opposition to Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016. Virat gave me the over. Mahi bhai was on strike. I didn’t let him go excessive. He took a few singles and doubles. I used to be feeling so completely happy that I bowled rather well in opposition to the most effective finisher on this planet. It was a proud second for me.
Ankit Rajpoot (UP and Rajasthan Royals cricketer)
I made my IPL debut beneath him for CSK in 2013. I used to be so excited. I used to be younger and was actually completely happy to earn that platform. The second I entered the dressing room, I stood and was constantly watching gamers. Mahi bhai stood and shook palms and requested me to benefit from the second. Ahead of my debut match in opposition to Mumbai Indians, he got here and mentioned ‘be prepared, you make a debut right now’. I went outdoors and began watching the group. It was an exciting environment. Mahi bhai got here from behind and mentioned – ‘Ankit, that is only the start. Just bowl the best way you could have been within the home matches’. He all the time informed me one factor – learn the match and the scenario and bowl accordingly. That recommendation from him nonetheless works nicely for me on the sphere.
Trupti Murgunde (Indian badminton participant)
It was the yr 2006. I went to play the SAF Games in Sri Lanka. I gained a gold medal there. After the gold medal end, I went purchasing with my buddies. I noticed Mahi there. He was additionally purchasing with some gamers. Irfan Pathan and Suresh Raina had been additionally there with him. The Indian group had been staying in a close-by lodge the place I used to be staying. He had already made his mark within the worldwide facet. He had centuries to his title and was a identified persona that point. The manner he carried out himself on the sphere, his habits and tranquility was superb. I went and launched myself to him. We had chat. The better part was that we had related hairstyles (laughs). He was very humble. I clicked pictures with him. I simply need to want the legend all the most effective for his second innings. He has given so much to the nation.
Chandan Ray (Leg Cricketer)
It was January 2018. I’ll by no means ever neglect that day. I met MS Dhoni for the primary time a day earlier than the India vs England ODI in Cuttack. I requested one of many gamers and due to him I might meet Mahi bhai. He took out time to have a chat with me and answered all my questions. I made him perceive what leg cricket is. He informed me about captaincy and management. He gave me a whole lot of suggestions. He emphasised on only one factor that taking part in on your nation is a really large factor and one ought to take pleasure in that. No matter what sport you’re taking part in, it’s best to all the time take pleasure in it. I used to be a lot concerned within the dialog that I forgot to take a single photograph with the legend. Dhoni is a real hero.
Siddhesh Lad (Mumbai and KKR cricketer)
I by no means obtained the prospect to play in opposition to him however assembly him on many events was an enormous factor for me. I bear in mind going into his room after an IPL match. He was taking part in PubG. I knocked on the door. He opened the door and greeted me. I sat with him for lengthy. I mentioned cricket and took a whole lot of suggestions from Dhoni bhai.