The sudden retirement announcement of the Team India’s former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni shook all the cricket fraternity and his fans. The 39-year-old World Cup-winning captain ended his 15-year-old international career on Saturday by sharing a cryptic post on his Instagram handle.
Dhoni’s retirement announcement read, “From 1929hrs considered me as retired.” Later the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the news in a statement, saying, “The boy from Ranchi, who made his ODI debut in 2004, changed the face of Indian cricket with his calm demeanor, sharp understanding of the game and astute leadership qualities.”
Following MS Dhoni’s retirement the announcement, netizens poured in notes and videos reminiscing some of the special moments in the wicket-keeper’s career that changed the course of the Indian cricket. Apart from that million of Dhoni’s diehard fans and former teammates urged the BCCI to retire the former skipper’s number seven jersey as well.
They said that it is impossible to see any other Indian cricketer donning the number seven on their back. The jersey itself has its legacy and no one wants someone else to wear it.
Former India all-rounder Mohammad Kaif and Dhoni’s glovemate in the team Dinesh Katrik were among the many who expressed their views on retiring the World Cup-winning captain’s number seven jersey.
Unlike football, there is no provision to retire jerseys in cricket. However, BCCI unofficially did retire batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s number 10 jersey a few years after his retirement.
One of the most regarded cricketers in the world, Dhoni was born on July 7. He is also huge of Portuguese football legend Cristiano Ronaldo, who also happens to wear a number seven jersey.
Indeed it is impossible to see any other Indian cricketer in the future wear the number seven jersey and maybe that ends the whole debate. Fans are hoping that BCCI takes the decision soon.
MS Dhoni will be leading the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and surely all the cricket buffs will have their eyes glued on the screen to see their favourite captain guard the wickets.