The iconic former India captain Dhoni, who last played for India in the semifinal defeat against New Zealand at the 2019 World Cup in England, possibly decided to call it quits after the ICC postponed the T20 World Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November this year. It had to be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Raina, meanwhile, had been overlooked since his July 2018 appearance in an ODI in England. Dhoni was Raina’s captain at India’s triumphant 2011 ODI World Cup campaign.
The two Chennai Super Kings‘ superstars will be seen in action at the upcoming Indian Premier League in the UAE.
Fans and celebrities thronged to social media to wish Dhoni and Raina, with the latter being greeted with a special message from his wife, Priyanka.
“Though I’m still processing this! All I can say is I’m bursting with pride, Immense pride. My heart is just filled with respect and gratitude @ImRaina,” Priyanka tweeted on Saturday.
Though I’m still processing this! All I can say is I’m bursting with pride, Immense pride. My heart is just filled… https://t.co/jj2vJNoK55
— Priyanka Chaudhary Raina (@PriyankaCRaina) 1597514912000
The couple recently had their second child, a baby boy they named Rio; and the family, including their daughter Gracia, will now look to spend some quality time together.