Former Australia spin legend Brad Hogg has opined that MS Dhoni will not retire immediately even if the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) seasons stands cancelled.
Given the grim situation around the world due to Coronavirus Pandemic, all sporting events have been halted. Various leagues and tournaments had to be abandoned midway, while others, like the IPL remain at crossroads.
IPL 13 was scheduled to be played from March 29, various players had already started preparations for the upcoming season, before the unforeseen circumstances forced the BCCI to postpone the league until April 15.
Given that India is currently under lockdown for 21-days it seems highly unlikely that the cash-rich league will commence from next month onward. While there has been no update on the matter as of yet, people are starting to speculate that IPL 13 could get cancelled.
If that happens, Dhoni’s future will become a big talking point again. However, Hogg has opined that even if the upcoming season doesn’t go as per plan, the 38-year-old will not call time on his career as of yet.
MS Dhoni’s international career not over yet: Brad Hogg
Since India bowed out of the World Cup 2019 semifinal, the wicket-keeper batsman has been on a sabbatical. IPL was seen as the perfect breeding ground for Dhoni to come out all guns blazing and prove his worth to the world and the selectors perhaps.
Now that the fate of the league hangs in a balance, people have begun to wonder if the former Indian skipper will hang up his gloves. In a recent question-answer session on Twitter, Hogg gave his opinion on the matter. A fan asked him whether Dhoni will retire if IPL 13 stands cancelled and the Australian gave a rather interesting take on the matter.
“Speculation, I don’t think he will announce it, he seems pretty calm about things & moves onto the next thing he needs to accomplish. It’s been an entertaining career, let’s enjoy what he has done! I feel he may have one more burst in the next 2 years for India,” wrote the former Chinaman bowler, in reply to the query.
Speculation, I don't think he will announce it, he seems pretty calm about things & moves onto the next thing he needs to accomplish. It's been an entertaining career, let's enjoy what he has done! I feel he may have one more burst in the next 2 years for India. #Hoggytime https://t.co/QTYaoURRNB
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 26, 2020
As the coronavirus has gripped the subcontinent, Dhoni, just like other Indian players is practising social distancing at his home in Ranchi.
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