MS Dhoni’s future has been one of the hottest topics even as the world currently battles the COVID-19 pandemic. Netizens exploded with reactions as #MSDhoniretires became the top trending tweet over social media on Wednesday. It was his wife, Sakshi, who put her hands up and squashed all the rumours. It made the fans realize that there was no truth behind that particular trending.
Yet, fans and experts cannot stop from comprehending what is going on MS Dhoni’s mind regarding his future. Ever since India’s gut-wrenching loss to New Zealand in the 2019 ICC World Cup loss to New Zealand in Manchester, the former captain hasn’t donned the blue jersey for India.
The thirteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was an essential tournament for the keeper-batsman to stake his claim for the T20 World Cup later this year. With the competition deferred indefinitely due to COVID-19 threat, the speculations regarding his future have increased tenfold. The Chennai Super Kings captain had even started preparing himself via a training camp for the IPL.
Monty Panesar explains how huge a loss would MS Dhoni’s retirement to cricket:
Meanwhile, England spinner Monty Panesar drew an interesting explanation, describing what does the Jharkhand cricketer’s bowing out of the game would mean. The left-arm spinner believes that his retirement would be similar to that of Cristiano Ronaldo hanging up his boots from football. Panesar believes that the magnitude would be the same, considering how massive a fan-following and impact Dhoni has had.
“MS Dhoni is the most successful captain Indian captain, unbelievable white-ball cricketer, an excellent wicketkeeper and among top 5 captains. One of the best cricketers we have had. If tomorrow, Cristiano Ronaldo retires, football would lose a lot of fan following. Likewise, if Dhoni retires, it will be of the same magnitude, that’s the kind of following he has.” the 38-year old said as quoted by Times Now.