Union Ministers Amit Shah and Nitin Gadkari, and Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren were among a host of politicians who bid farewell to India legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni who announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.
Dhoni, the two-time World Cup-winning former India captain, retired from international cricket on Saturday.
Home Minister Shah thanked Dhoni for “his unparalleled contributions to the Indian cricket and hoped that he will continue to contribute in strengthening the game".
“MS Dhoni has mesmerized millions through his unique style of cricket. I hope he will continue to contribute towards strengthening Indian cricket in the times to come. Best wishes for his future endeavours," said Shah. “World cricket will miss the helicopter shots, Mahi!"
.@msdhoni has mesmerized millions through his unique style of cricket. I hope he will continue to contribute towards strengthening Indian cricket in the times to come. Best wishes for his future endeavours.World cricket will miss the helicopter shots, Mahi!
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) August 15, 2020
Well Played! @msdhoniYou took India’s name to the pinnacle of world cricket with your performance and leadership. Every Indian is proud of you.My best wishes on your next innings.
— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 15, 2020
“You took India’s name to the pinnacle of world cricket with your performance and leadership. Every Indian is proud of you," said Gadkari in a tweet.
Chief Minister Hemant Soren, from Dhoni’s home state, said the entire country and the world is happy and proud of Dhoni’s achievements.
देश और झारखण्ड को गर्व और उत्साह के अनेक क्षण देने वाले माही ने आज अंतराष्ट्रीय क्रिकेट से सन्यास ले लिया है।हम सबके चहेते झारखण्ड का लाल माही को नीली जर्सी पहने नहीं देख पायेंगे।पर देशवासियों का दिल अभी भरा नहीं। मैं मानता हूँ हमारे माही का एक फ़ेयरवेल मैच राँची में हो जिसका 1/2 pic.twitter.com/XFt5zBSvG8— Hemant Soren (घर में रहें - सुरक्षित रहें) (@HemantSorenJMM) August 15, 2020
Soren also called for a farewell match for Dhoni in state capital Ranchi.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Dhoni was the only captain under whom India achieved the top spot in all formats of cricket.
विश्व में एकमात्र ऐसा कैप्टन जिसने भारत को क्रिकेट के हर फॉर्मेट में नम्बर-1 बनाया। हम भारतवासियों को गर्व के अनगिनत मौके देने के लिए शुक्रिया कैप्टन @msdhoni। क्रिकेट के मैदान पर आपकी सफलता युवाओं के लिए हमेशा प्रेरणादायी रहेगी।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) August 15, 2020
Kejriwal said Dhoni’s actions on the cricket pitch will always inspire youngsters.