MS Dhoni was an vital illustration of the spirit of latest India and a “phenomenon”, prime minister Narendra Modi has stated in a letter of appreciation to the cricketer.
Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on August 15, responded on Twitter by saying: “An Artist, Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their onerous work and sacrifice is getting observed and appreciated by everybody.”
“The place we come from doesn’t matter so long as we all know the place we’re headed,” the prime minister stated in his letter. “That is the spirit that you’ve exuded and impressed many children with.”
“Rising from humble beginnings in a small city, you burst onto the nationwide scene, made a reputation for your self and most significantly, made India proud,” he wrote.
He stated Dhoni’s rise and conduct “offers power and inspiration to crores of children who like you have not been to comfortable colleges or schools, neither do they belong to illustrious households however they’ve the expertise to tell apart themselves on the highest stage.
“A lot of your on-field moments exemplify a selected era of Indians … [that] doesn’t hesitate to take dangers and again one another’s skills even within the hardest conditions … [This was] seen in the best way you took dangers many a time in backing little-known children to ship in high-pressure conditions,” the letter stated, referencing the 2007 World T20 final.
“This era doesn’t lose their nerve in decisive conditions,” the letter added.
Calling him one of many best captains and probably the greatest wicketkeepers the sport has seen, the letter stated: “Your dependability in powerful conditions and your model of ending matches, significantly the 2011 World Cup final will eternally be etched within the public reminiscence for generations.
“The right method to assess your impression is as phenomenon.”
On August 15, India’s Independence Day, Suresh Raina joined Dhoni in announcing his retirement, and his contributions to Indian cricket had been additionally acknowledged by the prime minister in a separate letter. Praising Raina for being a “superb batsman”, “very helpful bowler” and “exemplary and galvanizing” fielder, the letter stated, “Suresh Raina will all the time be synonymous with group spirit […] you performed not for private glory however the glory of your group and the glory of India”.