Players and fans took to social media on Saturday urging the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to retire Jersey number even belonging to two-time World Cup-winning former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni shortly after the cricketer announced his retirement from international cricket.

 

He will however be playing in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), which is slated to begin from September 19 in UAE.

Cricketers and fans took to social media to express their gratitude to the cricketer and urged BCCI to retire his official jersey.

 

“Jersey number 7 was not just a number but an emotion the country is going to miss #champion #Inspiration @msdhoni,” tweeted Rahul Chahar.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be spending a lot more time with the Territorial Army now that he has retired, said friend and business partner Arun Pandey on Sunday, rejecting talk of his brand value going down due to the decision.

Pandey saw the retirement announcement coming after this year’s T20 World Cup, which was postponed to 2022 last month, but only Dhoni knew that it would come on Independence Day.

“I was aware that he would do it soon but did not know the exact timing. Anyway it was for him to decide. He had started IPL preparations but it was postponed and then the T20 World Cup was postponed, he thought to be mentally free,” Pandey told PTI day after Dhoni’s unexpected announcement on Saturday.

“And since August 15 is a special day for the Army, he must have thought on those lines. The T20 World Cup postponement was

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