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Cricket Sachin Tendulkar leads tributes to retired India Test captain MS Dhoni

India great Sachin Tendulkar has led the tributes to outgoing captain MS Dhoni, who announced his retirement from Test cricket on Tuesday.

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Wicketkeeper Dhoni has become India's most successful skipper since taking the role in 2008.

The 33-year-old led India to top of the International Cricket Council rankings in December 2009, and overhauled Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 victories from 49 tests in March 2013.

Tributes from the world of cricket have flooded in for Dhoni, who scored 4,876 runs in 90 Tests at an average of 38.09, with legendary batsman and former team-mate Tendulkar congratulating him on his superb career in the longest format of the game.

"Well done on a wonderful career in Test cricket MS Dhoni," he wrote on Twitter.

"Always enjoyed playing together. Next target 2015 WC [World Cup] my friend!!"

Suresh Raina and Umesh Yadav, both of whom have been team-mates of Dhoni's, also took to Twitter to celebrate his career.

"Valiant while you led. Valiant in your departure. Respect," Raina wrote.

"My best wishes go with you," added Yadav. "May you have days full of laughter and happiness. We will miss you in Test cricket captain cool."

Meanwhile, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting feels Indian cricket has a lot to thank Dhoni for.

"A great competitor and someone who I think Indian cricket owes a lot to," he said.

Michael Vaughan, the ex-England skipper, stated his admiration for Dhoni's performances but believes the time is right to hand over to Virat Kohli - who will skipper India in their fourth and final Test in Australia, in which the tourists trail by an unassailable 2-0 deficit.

"Love the way MS Dhoni plays the game," Vaughan wrote on Twitter. "But it's now the right time for Virat Kohli to take the Indian Test team in a new direction."

Chanchal Bhattacharya, Dhoni's childhood coach, believes there will not be another captain like Dhoni.

"He has been a very successful captain," he said. "Along with being a captain he is also a wicketkeeper batsman and has scored approximately 5000 runs.

"As far as my personal view is concerned its now difficult for India to get a captain like him."

Former India Test batsman, Atul Wassan, stated that he was surprised by the timing of the decision and feels Dhoni should have seen out the Australia series.

"He probably wants to sustain his career in other formats of the game, and that is practical, but between a series, when you are captain and you are two-nil down, that just leaves a bad taste in the mouth," he said.

"I would have liked it to have been better planned and better explained."

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