01:43 GMT06 August 2021
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Even though the Indian cricket superstar and former team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is yet to publicly address his rumoured retirement plans, a simple hashtag sent Twitterati into a major meltdown overnight.

    Following a night-long debate on the former skipper’s retirement plans, #MSDhoniRetires is trending on Twitter with over 3,000 mentions already by Tuesday morning.

    In his 15-year long international cricketing career, Dhoni bagged numerous records including the most wins by an Indian captain in Tests, one-day internationals (ODIs) and T20Is.

    While some cricket fans greeted the seemingly sad hashtag with facts, others used humour as a defence mechanism and shared hilarious memes on the micro-blogging platform.

    Some people also heavily criticised fake news mongers for spreading unnecessary rumours and speculation on the web about the twin World Cup-winning Indian captain.

    ​From the 38-year old’s popular quotes to clippings and pictures of his iconic shots, almost every bit of Dhoni memorabilia was on display as a tweet.

    The rumour-mill about Dhoni’s retirement began churning earlier in September after the current captain of India’s men’s cricket team Virat Kohli posted a photo-tweet.

    ​The post evoked 23,500 re-tweets and 209,400 likes on Twitter.

    ​Dhoni’s last international appearance for the Indian team was during the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, UK.

    Since then, the cricketer has been in sabbatical mode, skipping the bilateral series with the West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh lately.

    Recently, the newly appointed president of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly said Dhoni is one of the greatest in the game and should be duly respected regardless of what he decides regarding his career.

    "It depends on him.I don't know what's on his mind or what he thinks about his career. But we will deal with that. India is very proud of MS Dhoni. Over the period of time, his achievements.. when you sit down and take note of what he has done... you say 'wow',” Ganguly was quoted as saying in a press conference.


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