New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to MS Dhoni, who announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, hailing him as one of the most successful captains and one whose impact is a ‘phenomenon’ beyond just statistics.
“Dhoni is the illustration of the spirit of New India, inspiring several people who have not been to ‘cushy’ schools but have the talent to distinguish themselves. Where we come from does not matter as long as we know where we are headed,” the letter read.
It further read, “In your trademark unassuming style, you shared a video that was enough to become a passionate discussion point for the entire nation. 130 crore Indians were disappointed but also eternally grateful for all that you have done for the Indian cricket.”
Furthermore, PM also praised Dhoni for his association with the Indian Armed forces.
“No matter what hairstyle you sported, your calm head remained the same in victory or defeat,” the PM said adding that it is a very important lesson for Indian youth.
Modi congratulated the former captain for a terrific and trophy-laden career while thanking him for his incredible contribution to India. He also recalled some of the most iconic moments of Dhoni’s career, especially the 2011 World Cup final and 2007 World T20 while lauding him for inspiring many to work towards their dreams.
An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes. pic.twitter.com/T0naCT7mO7
— Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@msdhoni) August 20, 2020
Dhoni responded to the letter on twitter and said, “An Artist,Soldier and Sportsperson what they crave for is appreciation, that their hard work and sacrifice is getting noticed and appreciated by everyone.thanks PM @narendramodi for your appreciation and good wishes.”