The decision came just 11 days before the ODI series against England series, as fans were expecting Mahi to lead the team at least until the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to take place in June, 2017.
India’s cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar led tributes hailing Dhoni and his contribution to cricket, especially as a captain.”Congratulations to MSD on a wonderful career as a captain leading India to success in both T20 and ODI World Cups. I have seen him emerge from an aggressive player to a steady and decisive captain. It’s a day to celebrate his successful captaincy and respect his decision. Wish MSD the very best as he continues entertaining us on the field with his exploits,” Tendulkar wrote on his congratulatory message.Sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur too congratulated Dhoni on his achievement as captain.
“I congratulate @msdhoni on an illustrious career as Capt who led #TeamIndia to memorable victories in T20WorldCup 2007 & 2011 @ICC WorldCup!,” Thakur tweeted.
Another former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth tweeted:
“Sign of a true leader is to know when to pass the baton!Thank u for the entertainment skipper u r an #Inspiration @msdhoni #livinglegend,” Srikkanth wrote.
Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma also paid tribute to Mahi.
“A true leader @msdhoni he influenced so many cricketing careers including mine when he asked me to open in the ICC Champions Trophy,” Rohit wrote.
Amongst others were, Australian Michael Clarke, England’s Michael Vaughan I think @msdhoni will go down as one of India’s most successful captains. He is a great man and still has a lot to offer Indian cricket.Even one of the greatest captains of all time decides enough is enough … Well done @msdhoni on an incredible leadership term .. #Dhoni