Bangalore, Dec 30: Present and former cricketers today saluted MS Dhoni for his achievements in Test cricket following his retirement from the five-day game.
Former India captain and batting legend Sachin Tendulkar led the tributes for Dhoni. The 33-year-old Dhoni surprised all by announcing his retirement from Test cricket after the 3rd India-Australia Test in Melbourne.
In a statement, Tendulkar said, "Seems like the other day that MSD debuted in Test cricket. After nine wonderful years, he says goodbye. He has several achievements both in front and behind the stumps but leading India to the No. 1 Test side would be the highlight of his Test career. I wish him the very best for the defence of the World Cup in 2015."
Dhoni ended his Test journey with 90 caps and led India in 60 matches. He took India to the number one spot in ICC Test rankings. He scored 24 not out in his final innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
He was at the crease when the Test ended in a draw on Tuesday. (Dhoni-BCCI discussion revealed)
Here are cricketers' reactions, via Twitter
well done on a wonderful career in test cricket @msdhoni. Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC my friend!!— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 30, 2014
Just feeling a bit sad about Dhoni's retirement from Test Cricket. Didn't see it coming at all. #DhoniRetiresFromTest— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) December 30, 2014
My best wishes go with u..may u have days full of laughter and happiness.we will miss u in test cricket captain cool pic.twitter.com/sjWzS0wwIQ— Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) December 30, 2014
Congrats Dhoni bhai on your wonderful journey of test cricket.. You will be surely missed 👍👍— Vinay Kumar R (@Vinay_Kumar_R) December 30, 2014
MSDhoni's retirement in midst of test series leaves lot of us perplexed! But that's his prerogative.I'd like 2 wish MSD Happy Retirement!!— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 30, 2014
New era for India starting in the New Year... Full of surprises MSD but the right decision. Well Done MSD !!— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 30, 2014
Bit sad but congrats @msdhoni on ur fantastic test career.u refined and brought whole new dimension to Indian cricket #unselfish#typicalMSD— Shadab Jakati (@jakati27) December 30, 2014
Well done @msdhoni on a great Test career. Would have like to hear you talk about it with your fans.. But that will come later I hope.— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 30, 2014
a great story,is Dhoni;s,small town boy who grew to captain a big sport!— shishir hattangadi (@shishhattangadi) December 30, 2014