MS Dhoni grateful to PM Narendra Modi for warm letter after retirement: Thank you for the appreciation

MS Dhoni grateful to PM Narendra Modi for warm letter after retirement: Thank you for the appreciation

Former India captain MS Dhoni on Thursday thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for thanking him for his contribution towards Indian cricket. PM Modi posted a lengthy and emotional message for Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on August 15 after a decorated 16-year career. "An Artist, Soldier, and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice are getting noticed and appreciated by everyone. thanks, PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes," Dhoni tweeted. Dhoni burst onto the international scene in a one-dayer against Bangladesh in late 2004 as a long-haired wicketkeeper with spectacular power-hitting prowess.

Dhoni went on to become statistically India's most successful captain, leading them to World Cup triumphs in 2007 (T20) and 2011 (ODI), while they also became the top-ranked test team under him in 2009. As a batsman, Dhoni also transformed himself into one of the best finishers of the game, famously illustrating it by securing India's 2011 World Cup victory by hitting a six in the final against Sri Lanka. The immensely popular cricketer ends his ODI career having played 350 matches, scoring 10,773 runs and effecting 444 dismissals. He holds the record for most dismissals in T20 internationals with 91 in 98 matches. Overall, Dhoni amassed over 17,000 international runs across formats, including 16 centuries, and more than 800 victims as wicketkeeper.