Since the time India have entered the ICC World Cup, the speculation of former India captain MS Dhoni’s retirement plans have started taking place, be it by the fans or the cricket experts. However, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said that MS Dhoni has a “special” career in limited-overs cricket and he should be given the space as well. Meanwhile, there was no official confirmation on Dhoni’s retiring from the 50-over format.
MS Dhoni, the former India captain who led the country to the World Cup title in 2011, was left disappointed when he was run out in the 49th over of the innings while chasing 240 against New Zealand in the first semi-final of World Cup 2019 in Manchester. He along with Ravindra Jadeja tried their best to keep the hopes alive for India.
MS Dhoni scored a stable fifty and added a 106-run stand with Ravindra Jadeja for the 7th wicket but they failed to take the side over the line as they lost by 18 runs.
However, speaking to India Today, Sachin Tendulkar expressed, “That’s his personal decision [end of 50-over career]. Everyone should give him that space and respect that. Every should respect what his contribution to India cricket rather than starting speculations. After having contributed so much, he should be the one taking that decision.”
Tendulkar praised MS Dhoni a lot, saying that not many batsmen have this kind of successful career as the India wicketkeeper. He further shared that fans kept the hope alive as long as Dhoni was there in the middle during the game.
“How many guys can have a career like this? He has had a special career. The support and belief that people have in him is a reflection of his contribution. People still believed that he could go and finish the game. The game was not over till the time he was out there,” commented Sachin Tendulkar.