Have we seen the last of MS Dhoni in international cricket? The question is doing the rounds for months now. Speculations are rife over MS Dhoni’s future with Team India. The former India skipper has not played a competitive game since the World Cup semifinal in July last year.
Well, according to Sanjay Manjrekar, MS Dhoni is not done yet. The former India batsman recently shared an inside story, a conversation that took place between him and MS Dhoni during the wedding reception of Virat Kohli which pretty much shows that we may not have seen the last of the two-time World Cup winning captain in international cricket.
Revealing the conversation, Manjrekar said MS Dhoni told him he would consider himself fit for playing at high-level as long as he beats the fastest sprinter in the team. He also backed MS Dhoni to do well in the upcoming season of IPL.
“During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said that as long as I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket,” Manjrekar said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.
“So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference. In fact, the conditions that we have, I keep saying, is just perfect for Dhoni, where’s it’s going to be about the mind and not just power hitting,” he added.
Unlike T20 Internationals, MS Dhoni has a pretty impressive record in the IPL and thus, Manjrekar has backed the veteran to enjoy a fabulous IPL this year. In the 190 matches he’s played in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings, MS Dhoni has scored 4432 runs at an average of 42.20 with 23 half-centuries. On the other hand, he has scored 1,617 runs in 98 games for India.
“I think he is going to be very good and one of the reasons that he is so successful and so consistent in the IPL as a batsman as opposed to international is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle. And there are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL,” Manjrekar said.
“In international, you have got five quality bowlers, so he’s so good at picking out those guys and going after them. And people with Tendulkar, Dhoni, these are champion cricketers. Once they are on the public stage, you will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run,” he added.
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