There were huge speculations about the career and future of MS Dhoni until all of it came to a sudden halt after a 4 minutes 5 seconds video posted on @mahi7781’s Instagram handle. Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hun will no longer be an Amitabh Bachchan song because the legendary MS Dhoni gave it a new meaning. ‘From 1929 hrs Consider me retired’ is what he wrote on his retirement video and silently put an end to all the roaring debate over his form, the Ind vs NZ semi-final and the BCCI not including him in their payroll.
What followed just after that was another heart-wrenching news of another legendary swashbuckling southpaw announcing his retirement because as they say, “Jahan Nahi Mahi Vahan Nahi Raina”. Yes, Suresh Raina, MSD’s best buddy, and CSK mate also called it quits and decided to take upon this journey with him.
It’s very much clear that after these two have permanently retired from the blue jersey #7 & #3, Indian cricket will never be the same. What’s more interesting is this happened after 73 years of India’s independence on 15th August 2020.
Here’s why fantasy cricket will never be the same after Dhoni & Raina’s retirement:
You Actually have to Think Before Choosing a Wicket-Keeper
For India clashes previously with MS in the squad, you never had to think before choosing a wicket-keeper because even if he didn’t have a good day with the bat, Dhoni had the caliber to change the game from behind the stumps. Now, after MS is not in the choosing 22, we’ll actually have to think and select our wicket keeper during Indian fixtures. Sad times guys!
No T20 Specialist in the Team
Suresh Raina was the first Indian cricketer to have scored a century in all three formats of the game. He was one of the first batsmen in the world who was an authentic T20 specialist and later became Mr. IPL as he is now lovingly called. While he will still be in the CSK squad, you’ll never be able to see the flamboyant cover drive sixes and those huge mid-wicket sixes in Raina’s #3 Indian Jersey. If selflessness had a brand ambassador, Raina would be it and that is something we can never undermine.
The Dependability & Finishing Touches
Both Dhoni and Raina have been trained finishers of the game. Even when 50 were required from the last 3 or 4 overs, with these 2 at the crease India would still win the match by 4 wickets. Dhoni has time and again changed the definition of finishing throughout his career be it the world cup six, the 112 m six to Clint Mckay vs Australia, the 2 huge sixes to Eranga vs Sri Lanka and those 3 huge sixes vs Bangladesh in the last over. As for Raina, he helped India chase 17 from the last over vs Australia. These are gems that are rare to find!
Who would Convert a 0 to 2?
This was a special Dhoni-Raina moment where the special relationship and understanding between the 2 can be very well seen. In an ODI against England James Anderson’s delivery went past MSD’s bat and straight to the keeper Geraint Jones. The keeper hit straight to the stumps and fell back. As soon as it hit the stumps, Dhoni & Raina completed a single. Sighting the opportunity to sneak another run both sprinted yet again after the lazy Jones picked himself up to uproot the stumps but it was now too late as MSD was already back in the crease.
The Stump Mic Sledges and Lightning Quick Stumpings
O Shri Udhar Girlfriend Nahi Hai, Pujara Ko Usi Ke Liye Khada Kiya Hai Vo Taali Bajaane Ke Liye Nahi Hai, Aise Daalega Toh Rakh le Tu, Dekh Kaisa Volleyball Ke Jaisa Khada Hai, have been few of the famous phrases said by Dhoni from behind the stumps and captured by the stump mic. Not to forget, MS has the world record of most stumpings and the fastest stumping in 0.08 seconds, the one to George Bailey where the Aussie captain was left flabbergasted as to what happened behind him!
While the two bros for life will still play for the Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming IPL fantasy league, we at the BalleBaazi crew like million other fans will miss both these legends in the blue jersey. Thala and Chinna Thala have officially bid adieu to international cricket and we wish both of them a very happy retired life.
PS: The helicopter and Dhoni Review System will definitely be missed for a very long time.
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