MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who donned jersey number 7 and 3 respectively for India Cricket team, have mutually decided to retire on the same day. They decided that combining their jersey numbers, 7 and 3, 73 will be retiring on the 73rd independence day of India, 15th August.
Raina said that they both almost initiated their journey towards international cricket together and for the reason, they have retired together and will be playing in collaboration for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Suresh Raina reveals the reason for retiring on Independence Day along with Dhoni
“We had already made up our minds to retire on Saturday (August 15). Dhoni’s jersey number is 7 and mine is 3 – put it together and it makes 73. And on August 15, India completed 73 years of independence, so there couldn’t have been a better day,” Raina told Dainik Jagran.
“Dhoni began his career on 23 December 2004 against Bangladesh in Chittagong (now Chattogram), while I made my debut on 30 July 2005 against Sri Lanka. Both of us almost began together in international cricket, remained together at CSK, and so we now retired together and will continue to play in IPL together.”
The duo has left the Indian cricket forever which has saddened the fans across the globe. Especially, Dhoni, who was the idol of billions, will be missed by the masses.
Dhoni was known for his calmest captaincy tricks and knew how to dig most out of his players. The world will never witness a captain like him who took his team to the designation of winning all three ICC trophies; Champions Trophy, T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup, and two Asia Cups.
On the other hand, Raina was the only Indian player to score a hundred in all three forms of the game. The player also has led the side somewhere in between and is in collaboration with Dhoni as the vice-skipper of CSK.