Former Indian captain MS Dhoni’s retirement rumours spread like wildfire over social media on Wednesday as much as the COVID-19 has over the past five months in all parts of the world. #Dhoniretires was amongst the top trending on Twitter India throughout the evening. After MS Dhoni’s wife rubbished rumours about his retirement, his childhood coach has also opened up on the same.
MS Dhoni hasn’t played for India since the heartwrenching 2019 World Cup semi-final loss to New Zealand. That Dhoni strutting out of the Old Trafford after Martin Guptill ran him out was speculated by many as the final time, he walked out to bat. While the 38-year-old did claim that he would let people know about his future plans in January, he has stayed mum on it.
Having made his debut in 2004, the Jharkhand cricketer has been the most decorated Indian cricketer in the past decade. Under MS Dhoni, the men in blue captured all three major ICC titles and topped the Test team once as well. His remarkable skills have also earned him the tag of being amongst the best finishers of the game.
MS Dhoni is not the kind of person who will call up people and tell them ‘I’m retiring’: Keshav Banerjee
The trending incident on Twitter left Dhoni’s childhood coach, Keshav Banerjee baffled, and it was hard to understand for him why people are behind him. Banerjee conceded that the veteran would follow a proper protocol and do it professionally for announcing his retirement after notifying the BCCI of the same. He further said that he has no doubts about Dhoni’s fitness and that the keeper-batsman can play the T20 World Cup if it gets postponed next year.
“You don’t go by social media. There are many things that become ‘trends’ but end up as fake news. I don’t know why people are after Dhoni. I know him well and I can tell you, he will let all of us know when he thinks he has to retire. Dhoni is not the kind of person who will call up people and tell them ‘I am retiring’. He knows how to do it,” Banerjee said as quoted by India Today.
“When he feels it is time, he will inform BCCI and call a proper press conference and do all the things that need to be done. Like he did when he called time on his Test career. You will get to see in the IPL how fit Dhoni still is. He can play the T20 World Cup even if it is postponed. Even if it happens next year,” Banerjee added.