Why MS Dhoni announced his retirement on August 15- Sakshi Dhoni reveals the reason

Dhoni played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20I for India from 2004-2019.

Dhoni played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20I for India from 2004-2019 | GettyMS Dhoni, former India captain, had announced his decision to retire from international cricket on August 15, 2020, and now his wife Sakshi has revealed the reason why MS chose that specific date.

Dhoni had not played any international cricket since the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand, which India had lost and on August 15, 2020, he posted a video compilation of his India career with a message that he should be considered retired from 19.29 hours.

However, the reasoning behind his choice to retire on this particular date wasn't solely due to the national celebration. There's a deeply personal connection that led Dhoni to select this poignant day for his farewell.

Now Sakshi Dhoni has revealed the heartfelt significance of Independence Day for her husband. The date also holds a special place as it happens to be the birthday of Dhoni's mother, Devaki Devi.

Sakshi shared this heartfelt revelation through a series of images commemorating her mother-in-law's birthday.

Born on July 7, 1981, MS Dhoni is the youngest son of Paan Singh Dhoni and Devaki Devi. ‘Mahi’ is the youngest of three siblings – Narendra Singh Dhoni is his elder brother and Jayanti Gupta is his elder sister.

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In a recent media interaction, Sakshi opened up on her relationship with her husband MS Dhoni, and also revealed a couple of other things about her marriage.

I met my mother-in-law one day before the marriage. The first time, yes! So today, Touchwood we have a very good bond and we are like friends actually, We share everything. Earlier when I was new at the house and Dhoni was out for games, I was waking up, like literally they were strangers to me,” Sakshi Dhoni had said.

From there, till now our relationship has developed. She is an immense support to me. I cannot think of not being with her in the same household,” she added.  

Dhoni retired from international after playing 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20Is and winning the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 ODI World Cup, and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He is still active at the age of 42 and recently captained Chennai Super Kings to their fifth title in IPL 2023.


By Jatin Sharma - 20 Aug, 2023

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