MS Dhoni, on Saturday, sprung a big surprise by announcing his retirement from international cricket. While his future in international cricket was a major talking point since last year’s World Cup, not many were expecting him to retire from international cricket all of a sudden.
However, the World Cup-winning captain, who is known for his knack of throwing surprises, decided to walk away from the game silently. And as the cricket world is trying to come to terms with MS Dhoni’s decision, former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar has explained the reason which might have prompted the wicketkeeper-batsman to retire.
Explaining the rationale behind MS Dhoni’s decision to announce his retirement from international cricket, Gavaskar said he believes the postponement of T20 World Cup might have influenced his decision.
“I think he might have been waiting to see how he performed in the IPL 2020, if the IPL 2020 was to be held in March April. Even now, I think he was waiting to see if the T20 World Cup was going to be held in October-November,” Gavaskar told India Today.
“And once he found out that ICC T20 World Cup has been postponed, that’s when he realised there is no point hanging around, and that’s why I think he has announced his retirement.
“If the T20 world Cup had taken place in October-November, he would have fancied his chances having done well in the IPL to be picked again in the Indian team and then to go out on a high by doing very well for India at the T20 World Cup and win India the T20 World Cup as well,” he added.
The T2o World Cup was scheduled to be held in October-November. But last month, the ICC postponed it due to the pandemic. The ICC announced that T20 World Cup 2021 will be held in India in October-November while T20 World Cup 2022 will be held in Australia.
Meanwhile, Dhoni will be seen in action next when the IPL starts next month. The Chennai Super Kings landed in Chennai on Friday and is currently attending a pre-season camp. The team will leave for UAE on August 21. IPL 2020 starts on September 19.