On August 15, 2020, India’s 74th Independence Day, he pushed an Instagram submit, saying “think about me retired”. Simple, no fancy statements. Almost concurrently, one among Dhoni’s finest friends on and off the bottom, Suresh Raina adopted in his skipper’s footsteps, strolling collectively into the sundown of their worldwide careers.
Reams have been written in regards to the enigma round Dhoni, the calm persona he maintains, his unbothered manner and his unconventional means, his ticking-bomb type of batting — take it until the tip after which explode. In easier phrases, he did it in his personal approach, had religion in it and succeeded. Raina, many imagine, nonetheless had a few years of white-ball worldwide cricket left in him, had he saved knocking on the door. But it was brave of the left-handed batsman, thought to be probably the greatest fielders produced by India, to name it a day virtually in the identical breath as Dhoni, totally conscious that he can be overshadowed. But like at all times, he allowed his captain to take the lead and walked behind him.
The fascinating relation between the 2, in addition to having virtually the identical timeline of careers, is that each got here from small cities — Dhoni from Ranchi in Bihar and Raina from Muradnagar in Uttar Pradesh — and each impressed tens of millions, making folks imagine that ‘each one among us can dream large’.
While the cricket fraternity has already shared how Dhoni designed his profession from starting to finish, with unmatched data in between, and Raina’s contribution to the game, it was fascinating to get an perception from a number of the Indian legends from sports activities apart from cricket.
Timesofindia.com obtained in contact with a few of them and that is what they needed to say about Dhoni and Raina, and the legacy they depart behind:
DILIP TIRKEY (Hockey)
Former Captain, Men’s Team
MS Dhoni served Indian cricket for lengthy, and we gained two World Cups (T20 and ODI) below his captaincy. I’ve by no means had the chance to satisfy him however have seen him play throughout codecs. The type of cool he maintains and makes choices was one of many causes for the workforce’s success and consistency below him. Definitely, when such large gamers retire, it leaves a void.
Raina too performed good cricket for India however I believe at 33, it was a bit early for him and he nonetheless had 2-Three years of cricket left in him. He too is a World Cup winner for India. Sportspersons hit peak, turn out to be superstars after which someday they retire. That’s how the lifetime of a participant is.
BAJRANG PUNIA (Wrestler)
Gold Medallist, Asian Games & CWG
Nobody knew Dhoni in cricket, nonetheless he managed to make an area for himself again when he arrived. A grounded, disciplined, truthful participant, that is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He at all times believed in following a course of to achieve success. That’s been his mantra. He has been a real nationwide, having served (honorarily) with the military and has plans to spend extra time in that after the IPL. He has at all times promoted children. It’s painful as nicely to be taught that he has retired as a result of I really feel he nonetheless had rather a lot to provide to Indian cricket. But this can be a private determination and we should always respect that.
Raina additionally determined to retire on the identical day. He too was an important participant, having performed a task in India’s 2011 World Cup win. I ship my finest needs to him as nicely. His contribution to Indian cricket has additionally been a memorable one.
ACHANTA SHARATH KAMAL (Table Tennis)
Three-time Olympian and CWG gold medallist
Personally for me, I have not met Dhoni ever however would love to take action. I’m fairly a giant fan and learnt rather a lot from him about the best way to take the workforce alongside, the best way to be calm, let the stress not get to you. As a participant for India, he is without doubt one of the largest inspirations. From the place he had come and the heights he reached is phenomenal. I simply want the entire retirement factor may have been in a grander approach than simply an Instagram submit saying “from 1929 think about me retired”. For what he has achieved for Indian sports activities, he deserves one thing greater, that’s what I really feel personally.
When I heard the information, it was fairly arduous for me. Retiring from Test cricket (in 2014), was okay. It’s like ‘you might be nonetheless going to see me someplace’. But as a fan, as a fellow sportsperson, I really feel we may have given you a greater sendoff.
I have not adopted Raina a lot, however can be comfortable to see each of them taking part in for Chennai Super Kings within the IPL.
VISWANATHAN ANAND (Chess)
Five-time world champion
Dhoni has left an incredible legacy. He reveals a number of calmness even in very essential moments. As a chess participant, I can perceive and recognize this wonderful high quality. I want him all the perfect.
GAGAN NARANG (Shooting)
Bronze medallist, 2012 London Olympics
Maveric, sensational, dynamic. That’s how I sum up MSD. Simple and impactful, that is what he’s. Dhoni defines a era’s aspirations. If Sachin (Tendulkar) coincided with the uptrend of the Indian financial system, Dhoni coincided with the explosion of social media, and celebrity-hood was redefined. Despite that, he remained humble. He had immense success however let his colleagues benefit from the highlight. He is retiring the blue jersey however will nonetheless be shining in yellow (of Chennai Super Kings) for a couple of extra years.
VIJENDER SINGH (Boxing)
Bronze medallist, 2008 Beijing Olympics
Dhoni taught small-town boys to dream. He turned a TC (ticket collector) in Railways. Then he achieved a number of issues in life, just like the T20 and ODI World Cup. He is a small-town hero. I very a lot relate myself to Dhoni. I come from a small village (Bhiwani in Haryana), I’ve additionally labored in Railways as a TC, I turned a world beater as nicely.
Sportspersons coming from small cities by no means take into consideration the limelight. I by no means considered that. They take into consideration the purpose. I by no means knew how to answer questions from the media, the best way to speak, sit, stroll. We simply know our work, the best way to play. If we win, that is nice. He did a lot for the nation and deserves each little bit of respect. There will come a time once I may also retire.
Captain, Women’s Team
Dhoni was undoubtedly a unbelievable cricketer and most of all an excellent chief. There is rather a lot to be taught from him as a captain, significantly how calm he could be even throughout tense conditions. For me personally, the way in which he trusted his gamers and the way in which he led the workforce to T20 World Cup win and the ODI World Cup can be his finest moments.
VIREN RASQUINHA (Hockey)
Former India midfielder
Dhoni is without doubt one of the biggest leaders throughout all occasions in any sport. What set him aside from the remaining is his selflessness, humility and belief in his workforce. That is mirrored in how all of the gamers gave the whole lot for him on the sector