After Dhoni keeps match ball, speculation rife he may retire

Leeds: Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future has once again become fodder for speculation after the talismanic-but-currently-off-colour former India skipper sought the match ball at the end of the third ODI against England here.

The 37-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman was seen seeking the ball from the umpires as players left the ground after India lost by eight wickets on Tuesday night to go down 1-2 in the series.

The 30-second clip went viral on social media and accompanying it were questions on whether the two-time World Cup-winning skipper had dropped a hint at retirement.

However, sources in the team management dismissed the talk as nothing more than “rumours”.

His legendary finishing skills and the ability to accelerate innings have been on the wane, but skipper Virat Kohli has backed him to the hilt, dismissing any criticism directed at the player.

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