Gen Z’ captain cool, MS Dhoni took off his gloves forever from international cricket on Independence Day (15th August 2020).
Dhoni made his ODI debut in the year 2004 against Bangladesh and went on to make his test match debut a year later against Sri Lanka. Dhoni has been the recipient of many awards, including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 and 2009 (the first player to win the award twice), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award in 2007, the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in 2009 and the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian honor, in 2018.
He was named as the captain of the ICC World Test XI in 2009, 2010, and 2013. He has also been selected a record 8 times in ICC World ODI XI teams, 5 times as captain. The Indian Territorial Army conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel to Dhoni on 1 November 2011. He is the second Indian cricketer after Kapil Dev to receive this honor.
MS Dhoni, the greatest wicket-keeper batsman of all time over limited-overs cricket announced his retirement from international cricket yesterday via Instagram. “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired,” Dhoni wrote along with the video on Instagram. The 4.07-minute video showcased his entire journey as an international cricket player, from his debut match to his last match in which he got run out.
Fans were taken aback by this unexpected retirement announcement and expressed their gratitude and wished him the best for his future endeavors.
But what caught the attention of not just fans but the CEO of CSK, Kasi Viswanathan’s boss N Srinivasan as well as the peculiar number ’1929’. Fans were quick to start research on why Dhoni chose this time combination in particular.
N Srinivasan had called up Kasi Viswanathan to know the reliability of the news and also the reason behind ’1929.’ Viswanathan took the matter to MSD himself and got back to Srinivasan, “it was the hour of sunset at the southern-most part of the country, I think that’s why he did it at that time.”
Some fans speculated that 1929 hours was the exact time India lost to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals, which was his last match.
A few other fans tried putting two and two together and speculated that Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who also announced his retirement soon after Dhoni did via Instagram, have something in common. Fans said Dhoni wore a 7 numbered jersey and Raina wore a 3 numbered jersey. When putting together, it becomes 73, the same number of years India completed its Independence. Suresh Raina responded to a similar tweet with an Indian flag emoji.
Some other fans pointed out that ‘1929’ was an ‘angel number’ which stands for the completion of a major phase or cycle in life and brings closure to projects.
Many other fans connected it with the ‘Great Depression of 1929.’
Dhoni will continue to play IPL representing CSK, which is scheduled to start on September 19, 2020, at three venues in UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah to minimize travel for the players during the pandemic. IPL was initially to be held as usual during April-May but was postponed to September due to COVID-19.