India bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 losing to New Zealand by 18 runs at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Rumours were going around MS Dhoni might retire after the World Cup but India skipper Virat Kohli said that he has not talked about anything yet.
Dhoni has not said anything yet: Kohli
Fifties from Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson helped New Zealand post 239 runs in rain-marred first innings. India bowled well on the first day to restrict the opponents to 211 runs in 46.1 overs with Taylor at the crease before rain stopped the day’s play. The Kiwis focused on singles when play resumed earlier today to add another 28 runs which proved too much for Virat Kohli & Co.
Matt Henry and Trent Boult starred with the ball to defend the target set by New Zealand. They removed India’s top-order batters in no time to have them at five for three. Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant tried their best but Mitchell Santner was terrific in the middle overs to keep the Kiwis in the game Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni tried their best scoring individual half-centuries but New Zealand bounced back in style to make it to the finals on July 14.
Meanwhile, there were rumours that MS Dhoni might retire after the World Cup. The former India skipper has struggled to get going in the death overs leading to the former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar question his intent. The former India skipper struggled in three consecutive games – Afghanistan, England, and Bangladesh which has raised doubt over his future. Dhoni a strike rate of 93.39 in this World Cup but has eaten up a lot of balls which have put the other batsmen under pressure.
India skipper Virat Kohli while addressing the press conference said that MS Dhoni has not revealed anything about his participation in the upcoming series against West Indies.
“No, he has not said anything yet,” Kohli said.
India next face West Indies in a series across the format. The likes of Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah might not play the limited-overs series while Rohit Sharma will take up the leadership abilities.