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'End of an era' – cricketers pay tribute to mentor Dhoni

MS Dhoni retires

MS Dhoni's retirement from international cricket came as a shock to his colleagues and fans, who took to social media to pay tribute to a man who was to them variously a captain, leader, legend, mentor and friend.

"It is the end of an era," Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president, said in a statement. "His leadership qualities have been something which will be hard to match, especially in the shorter format of the game. His batting in one-day cricket in his early stages made the world stand up and notice his flair and sheer natural brilliance.

"Every good thing comes to an end and this has been an absolutely brilliant one. He has set the standards for the wicket-keepers to come and make a mark for the country. He will finish with no regrets on the field. An outstanding career; I wish him the best in life."

Virat Kohli, who took over captaincy from Dhoni, was emotional. "The world has seen achievements, I've seen the person," he wrote.

Dhoni's India team-mates paid tribute to their skipper, mentor, elder brother and friend.

As a player, Dhoni holds the respect of his opponents too.

The women's cricketers also took to social media to congratulate the former India skipper. 

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