Since the latter stage of the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales, the talks of MS Dhoni‘s retirement have surrounded the Indian cricket fraternity. A report from PTI suggested that MS Dhoni would bring down curtains on his illustrious international career after India’s last game at the World Cup.
However, it did not happen. Virat Kohli then added another twist to the episode by saying that Dhoni has not at all spoken about his retirement. Whatever the truth be, there is little denying the fact that MS Dhoni’s days in international cricket is numbered. At 38, the former India skipper is not getting any younger. Moreover, his form with the bat has made it more or less clear that he is not the old Dhoni who used to terrorise the bowlers.
MS Dhoni’s constant struggles with maintaining a good strike-rate has become a major concern for Team India. Even in the World Cup, he failed to get going as he looked like a pale shadow of his former self. Thus it is just a matter of time before the legendary wicketkeeper-batsman announces retirement from the game.
All eyes are now on the India squad that will tour to the Caribbeans for the upcoming series. India will play two T20Is and three ODIs besides two Tests against West Indies. According to report in Mumbai Mirror, the BCCI is hopeful that Dhoni will inform the about his plans in the next four-five days as the selection of the team will have to be done in a week’s time if not earlier.
The talks about retirement have made many believe that Dhoni would also retire from the Indian Premier League (IPL) if he brings down curtain on his international career. However, the news outlet has claimed that a top Chennai Super Kings official has said that Dhoni will be part of the IPL next year.
“Whatever may be the speculation, he will play for us next year,” said the Chennai Super Kings’ official.
Dhoni has been leading the franchise since the inception of the IPL in 2008. Earlier this year, he guided the team to another final where they lost to Mumbai Indians.