New Delhi: Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni set social media abuzz with speculations of his retirement after a video of him asking the match umpires for the ball went viral.
The act was an unusual one for Dhoni, who is more known for collecting stumps after winning matches. The 30-second clip went viral on social media and accompanying it were questions on whether the World Cup-winning skipper had dropped a hint at retirement.
However, India’s cricket coach Ravi Shastri has made it clear that Dhoni is very much part of the Indian team and
there is no question of him quitting the game.
“MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had
endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” Shastri said to the Times of India.
“But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at
it after close to 45 overs had been bowled.”
He also outright dismissed any talk of Dhoni calling it a day in limited overs cricket. “That’s rubbish. MS is
not going anywhere.”
Dhoni, who retired stunningly from Test cricket in the middle of India’s 2014 tour of Australia, has been
under the scanner of late for not being able to score as prolifically as he has been known to.
His legendary finishing skills and the ability to accelerate innings have been on the wane but current
skipper Virat Kohli has backed him to the hilt, dismissing any criticism directed at the senior player.