Dhoni’s sudden retirement has come in the form of a script not much different from his stance in some of the Test matches.
Unwilling to wait for a farewell match or a guard of honor, he went ahead with his decision like a skipper would move a surprising declaration in Tests.
His retirement will not see any grandeur gesture on the field, and neither is his mind running alongside a sentimental backdrop unlike in the case of many of his predecessors.
With the World Cup in the background, his call to focus on the limited overs appears well justified, at least for him.
But the cricketing world has welcomed his decision with mixed response.
While many have showered praises on wonderful Test career from the Indian skipper, leading names have revealed the news as a shocker considering the timing of retirement announcement.
Sunil Gavaskar, Anil Kumble and many others have commented on the decision.
Terming it as surprising, the former players said the decision was expected, but surprising in terms of his career-ending call.
Sunil Gavaskar added that it would have been wise had he come up with the decision after the Sydney game.
Dilip Vengsarkar wished Dhoni could have stayed on for a year or more.
The former captain brushed off criticisms against Dhoni’s ‘average’ overseas record, saying that the team lacked a bowling attack capable of claiming 20 wickets.
Ravi Shastri was also quick to respond to the matter, but hid his surprise as he went on to praise the skipper, who stood away from emotions while addressing his retirement plans in the dressing room.
Had India clinched a victory in Melbourne, Dhoni would have definitely opted to stay further – at least until the end of the series. But that never happened.
With whatever criticisms are thrown at him, Dhoni has already carved a niche space as one of the best captains to lead the Indian squad.
The stats do place him on top as a captain who has given the most Test wins for his nation.