Former Indian captain MS Dhoni quietly retreated into the sunset on Saturday, bidding adieu to international cricket via an Instagram video. He posted a video, depicting his glorious 16-year journey in top-level cricket and put the caption “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as Retired”. MS Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Ranjan Banerjee has opened up on the reason behind his retirement.
MS Dhoni excelled in all the departments that there was to. The 39-year old won all the ICC trophies from 2007 to 2013 while also lifting India to the top of Test rankings in 2009. He was one of the greatest finishers and amongst the best behind the stumps. The keeper-batsman hung up his boots after plying his trade in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests, and 98 T20Is. In ODIs, he hammered 10773 runs and averaged a healthy 50.57.
Keshav Ranjan Banerjee underlined that widespread criticism might be the reason behind him giving up international cricket. He feels that people questioned his return to international cricket without playing a single match since the 2019 World Cup semi-final. Keshav added that only the former captain could clarify this.
“Of late, there has been a lot of criticism about him in the media that how he can return to international cricket as he’s not played a single match since the 2019 World Cup semifinal in July. I don’t know but it may have played a role in this decision. Only he (Dhoni) can throw some light into it,” Banerjee told PTI.
“He is a legend and no.7 will always be for MS Dhoni” : Keshav
Keshav continued by saying that he feels sad not to see the number seven jersey anymore. He asserted that BCCI must retire the jersey number seven moving forward since it would always belong to none other than Dhoni.
“I’m sad for just one thing that we won’t be able to see no.7 jersey anymore. Everyone has to retire at one point of time. But it’s a sad moment. I don’t think Team India should give this jersey to anyone. He is a legend and no.7 will always be for Dhoni,” he added.