Former Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday shared a letter sent by Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulating him for his remarkable contributions towards Indian cricket.
Sharing the letter on his Twitter account, Dhoni wrote,” 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.”
The prime minister sent a two-page emotional message to Dhoni, who retired from international cricket on August 15 after a 16-year career.
“On 15th August, in your trademark unassuming style you shared a short video that was enough to become a long and passionate discussion point for the entire nation. 130 crore Indians were disappointed but also eternally grateful for all that you have done for Indian cricket in the last decade-and-a-half,” Modi wrote in the letter.
Modi lauded Dhoni for being one of the most successful captains, instrumental in taking India to the top of the world charts.
“Your name will go down in history as being one of the world’s batting greats, among the greatest cricketing captains and certainly one of the best wicketkeepers the game has seen,” he added.
“Your dependability in tough situations and your style of finishing matches, particularly the 2011 World Cup Final, will forever be etched in the public memory for generations. But, the name Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be remembered merely for his career statistics or specific match-winning roles. Looking at you as just a sportsperson would be injustice. The correct way to assess your impact is as a phenomenon!” Modi said.
Modi also said that Dhoni had able to inspire ‘crores of youngsters who like you have not been to cushy schools or colleges, neither do they belong to illustrious families but they have the talent to distinguish themselves at the highest levels.’
“Our youth could also learn from you how to balance professional and personal priorities; I remember seeing a picture of you playing with your cute daughter even as everyone around you was celebrating a victory in a particular tournament! That was vintage MS Dhoni,” Modi said.
The prime minister also praised the former cricketer’s association with the Indian Army.
“I would like to also mention your special association towards India’s armed forces. You were most happy being among our army personnel. Your concern towards their welfare has always been remarkable.”