MS Dhoni retiring only speculation, no official word

first_img India Today Web Desk BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 19:23 IST MS Dhoni’s form with the bat has been a cause for concern for India in the ongoing World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMedia reports on Wednesday suggested MS Dhoni will retire after India’s World Cup campaignMS Dhoni retiring is only speculation at this stage, there is no official wordDhoni is India’s most successful captain and has won the T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and Champions TrophySpeculation on MS Dhoni’s retirement began to grow after media reports suggested that the former India captain and legendary wicketkeeper will quit after India’s last match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.However, India Today correspondents in England have confirmed this is only speculation and there is no official word on MS Dhoni’s retirement.Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India’s limited-overs captain in January 2017. He has since been an integral memeber of India’s shorter formats teams.News agency PTI reported India’s last match in the World Cup could be MS Dhoni’s last for the country. However, there is no official confirmation.”If India qualify for the finals and go on to win the World Cup on July 14 at the Lord’s, it would be ideal setting for a fitting farewell to one of the legends of Indian cricket,” a PTI report said on Wednesday.”You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” PTI quoted a senior BCCI official on condition of anonymity.The PTI report also said there was no word on Dhoni’s retirement from either the team management or BCCI.”However, with India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup here, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to talk about sensitive issue,” the PTI report stated.advertisementIn 8 matches so far in the World Cup, Dhoni has scored 223 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 93. However, he has taken flak for his inability to rotate strike and some said his innings have lacked intent.Here is what the PTI story further said: “With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly also being critical of his approach, the team management knows only too well that they can’t carry their “beloved captain” beyond the marquee tournament.”His on-field contribution is still immense as every player who has appeared for media interactions has pointed out”.”The team management had to take a call in 2017 after the Champions Trophy. They decided that they will invest another two years in Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup. India have reached the semi-finals despite his lukewarm performances so he has been carefully shielded,” PTI quoted a India player as saying. “No one can ask him to retire but obviously he has got the drift that post World Cup, things won’t be the same,” he [email protected] hello Sir, I am hearing too much about your retirement frm sources after WC I must tell you that there is no one other then you who can control the players in ground and play like Bhisma Pita. We want you to continue for atleast next worldcup and train someone like you.veer (@veer38911255) July 3, 2019And, this my friend, is no beauty of Indian cricket fans’. It’s sheer impatience & lack of perspective in your little minds. This we love & so we can hate’ phenomenon is absurd & insulting. You can’t start a retirement campaign’ every time a cricketer has an off day. @msdhoniNOOPUR (@XHeyWaitXItsMe) July 3, 2019Dhoni is a towering central part of the whole thinking in the Indian dressing room. He contributes & scores even when not scoring runs!Those who know cricket understand his presence,those who demand his retirement are ‘Online Lala Amarnaths’ ~#KingKohli @msdhoni #INDvsWI vig (@vigmukesh) June 27, 2019Why everyoneis blaming @msdhoniHe has contributed today and always. These r the last few matches of Dhoni assuming that he’s retiring @ end of the Worldcup.An era is going to end. Enjoy his presence while we’canAnother Dhoni Impossible!#ICCWorldCup2019 #DhoniForever#INDvBANNaman Mukhi (@naman_mukhi) July 2, 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni did what was right for the team, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | India vs Bangladesh: Fans slam MS Dhoni over another disappointing batting showAlso Read | Surprised that there are questions on Dhoni’s batting everyday: Sanjay BangarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow World Cup 2019Follow Team India Next MS Dhoni retiring only speculation, no official wordMS Dhoni has scored 223 runs in seven World Cup games at a decent strike rate of 93 plus if one goes by the scorecards but what they don’t reflect is his inability to rotate the strike and strike big.advertisementlast_img

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