MS Dhoni put an end to all the speculations surrounding his future by announcing his retirement on Independence Day. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who has benefited with the presence of Dhoni behind the stumps, believes that it is the current coronavirus situation which has forced him to retire.
Dhoni announced his retirement at 1929hrs via an Instagram post. Chahal said that is was a shocking news for him and the Covid-19 situation must have transpired him to take the decision. Chahal also believes that, otherwise, the 2011 World Cup winning captain would have featured in T20 World Cup.
“Dhoni’s retirement was very shocking news. I think Corona also played a role in this decision, otherwise Dhoni would have played T20 World Cup,” Chahal said in News18 India’s special program Chaupal.
“I still want him to play,” said the 30-year-old from Haryana, who has represented India in 52 Tests and 42 ODIs.
“Because of him Kuldeep Yadav and I succeeded. We used to get a lot of help from him from behind the wicket. If Dhoni was there, 50 per cent of my work was already done.”
Dhoni made a big name for himself by making the country proud with his achievements after coming from the cricketing backwaters of Ranchi. He has achieved immense success as a player and also grew up to be one of the most successful captains and achieved almost everything the ICC tournaments had to offer.
All the success had made him one of the most influential person on the cricketing circuit but he was not the same when he was first introduced to the national team. Besides that, MS Dhoni has also been the go-to man for his teammates whenever he was on the field.
Dhoni understood the game well. He knew the strength of the side and backs his players accordingly. He did not takes any kind of frivolous decisions and likes to maintain his calm. It is due to these qualities Dhoni came up as one of the most calm and composed character on the cricket field.