After much speculation about his future, former skipper of the Indian cricket team Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Instagram.

With the possibility of a press conference out of the question due to the global pandemic, Dhoni, known for his unorthodox batting style and his out-of-the-box thinking on the field stayed true to his character even when announcing his retirement.

He uploaded a video featuring a collage of his images from his playing days with the song 'Main Pal Do Pal Ka Shair' playing in the background and a caption reading:

“Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as retired”

Tributes poured in for Dhoni from the cricketing fraternity with the great Sachin Tendulkar among the first to react to Dhoni's retirement, reminiscing about winning the 2011 ICC World Cup under his captaincy.

Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, who scored 98 in the 2011 World Cup final and forged the match-winning partnership with Dhoni also chimed in his thoughts on the announcement.

Former England cricket team captain Micheal Vaughan calling him the 'mastermind' of India's triumphant 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup campaign.

Retired Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar, who runs a successful YouTube channel, paid homage to Dhoni and announced that he'll upload a video to talk more about his legacy.

Former teammate Virender Sehwag paid a touching tribute to his good friend

One of India’s most successful spinners and Dhoni's trusted allies on the field, Ravichandran Ashwin also thanked him and reminisced their triumphs together.

Former all-rounder-turned-commentator Irfan Pathan also paid his tribute to Dhoni.

Former England cricketer-turned-pundit Kevin Pietersen welcomed Dhoni to 'the retirement club'.

Cricket analyst and commentator Harsha Bhogle paid a short but powerful homage to Dhoni.

Dhoni’s impact transcended beyond the field, as evident from the outpouring of love and gratitude he’s received from celebrities.

Feature image courtesy: AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar