A maverick who destroyed every opposition and managed to look unflappable while he was at it -- that's how West Indies great Michael Holding remembers former India skipper.
Laxman said the former wicket-keeper batsman has set an example for future generation of cricketers with his conduct and contribution to the game.
On an average, the Ranchi superstar costs advertisers around Rs 5 crore per year for each brand deal with minimum duration of the contracts staying till one year.
Inzamam also labelled Dhoni as the best Indian skipper and credited him for developing match-winners like Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin.
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The 52-year-old Kirsten, who was head coach of the Indian team between 2008 to 2011, thanked Dhoni for all the good memories that he made during his tenure.
On Saturday, Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram.
Former BCCI supremo N Srinivasan said that the ex-Indian skipper was a logical and fair person who never made unnecessary demands.
According to Aarka Sports MD Mihir Diwakar, which manages Dhoni and other cricketers, the player from Ranchi has become a stakeholder in New Global for an organic fertilizer project.
His relatives and residents of his family's native village also expressed surprise over his sudden retirement.
DMK President MK Stalin said the era of Dhoni will be missed and credited his "agile leadership."
Mithali said Dhoni fulfilled billion Indians' dream by winning two World Cup trophies.
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Sharma paid a glowing tribute to his former captain, calling him "one of the most influential man in the history of Indian cricket".
Dhoni bid adieu to international cricket on Saturday, posting "consider me retired" on his Instagram page.
Even in retirement from international cricket, MS Dhoni lives up to reputation of pulling rabbit out of the hat.
Dhoni posted a video montage containing images from various points of his international career on his Instagram account.