MS Dhoni brought an end to all the speculations around his international future when he called time on his international career via an Instagram post on Saturday.
Dhoni’s decision broke the heart of his millions of fans who were hoping to see the legendary Indian wicketkeeper-batsman in action for one last time in national colors. Dhoni was on a sabbatical from international cricket for over a year. The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman last represented India during the 2019 World Cup where he was heartbreakingly run-out by Martin Guptill.
Many fans still believed that Dhoni would make a return to the Indian side and according to report in the Indian Express, the former World Cup-winning captain was also eyeing a shot a yet another T20 World Cup but the postponement of the competition forced him to call it a day
MS Dhoni wanted to play the T20 World Cup and then call it officially: Report
The T20 World Cup was supposed to take place in Australia this year and Dhoni was even preparing himself as he had the full backing from the team-management. A good stint in the IPL could have paved his way back into the team for the quadrennial event but the postponement of the World Cup due to the novel pandemic meant that the enigmatic Indian legend decided to call it a day.
“His body had started to give up and he knew it was not responding the way he wanted it to. Still, he wanted to play the T20 World Cup and then call it officially. With the World Cup not happening this year, he felt it was the right time to call it off and play only IPL,” a player told The Indian Express.
MS Dhoni represented India in 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is besides leading the country in 200 ODIs, 60 Tests, and 72 T20Is- the most by any captain in the history of the game. The former Indian captain also holds the record of being the holder of all three ICC events- T20 World Cup 2007, 50-over World Cup 2011 and 2013 Champions Trophy.