Retirement has always been a sensitive topic for Dhoni. Earlier, there had been many situations where former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was questioned about his future and his retirement, mostly when he doesn’t perform well. This time no difference, Dhoni’s future has once again become a hot topic when he took the match ball from umpire during the 3rd ODI between India and England at Headingley.
The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was captured seeking the ball from one of the umpires as players left the ground after India lost by 8 wickets. Soon, the video had gone viral on the internet and there was a buzz about Dhoni’s retirement. The act was an unusual one for Dhoni, who is more known for collecting stumps after winning matches.
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However, Ravi Shastri cleared the air and confirmed about the reports being fake. In his words, he said “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere. MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like. But right now, all this clamor is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled.”
As per ICC reports, Dhoni said that since England is getting it right, even India should. The cricketer was of the opinion that the ball would help them a lot to improve bowling before the BIG WORLD CUP. Moreover, he said that after 50 overs, ICC would anyway not use the ball. Hence, he requested to take the ball and handed it over to their bowling coach. As per Dhoni, the ball would help bowlers get a good grip over wickets and yorkers in the last 10 overs.
When it comes to devising proper strategies, no one can beat Dhoni, isn’t it?
According to the reports, they said that Dhoni himself broke the silence and cleared that he won’t be retiring too soon, at least till the 2019 World Cup. Dhoni, who retired from Test cricket in the middle of India’s 2014 tour of Australia, has been under the scanner of late for not being able to score as prolifically as he has been known to.
During the 3-match ODI series against England, Dhoni reached the milestone of scoring 10000 runs in ODI cricket but instead of being cheered, he was booed by the fans as they were not happy with his ponderous efforts in the decider match of the series.