GUWAHATI: Joining the nation in thanking MS Dhoni, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday thanked the former Indian cricket captain for his contribution to the sport.
Dhoni, one of the most successful Indian captains of all-time, hung his boots on August 15. Known as captain ‘cool’, Dhoni is the only captain to win all three major ICC trophies — the T20 World Cup in 2007, the ODI World Cup in 2011 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.
Sending a two pages letter to the ace cricketer, Modi wrote, “On 15th August, in your trademark unassuming style you shared a short video that was enough to become a long and passionate discussion point for the entire nation. 130 crore Indians were disappointed but also eternally grateful for all that you have done for Indian cricket in the last decade-and-a-half. Your name will go down in history as being one of the world’s batting greats, among the greatest cricketing captains and certainly one of the best wicket-keepers the game has seen.”
Touted as one of the best finishers of the game, Dhoni became Indian cricket’s heartthrob. His famous ‘six’ in the final against Sri Lanka in 2011 ODI World Cup was etched in the memory of all Indian fans. In 350 ODI matches, he scored 10,773 runs.
“You have been one of the important illustrations of the spirit of New India, where the family name does not make young people’s destiny but they make their own names and their destinies,” Modi added.
Commenting on Dhoni’s style of operating, the PM wrote, “No matter what hairstyle you sported, your calm head remained the same in victory or defeat.”
Dhoni thanking the PM for the gesture posted the letter on his Twitter account. He wrote: “An Artist, Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone. Thanks, PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes.”