MS Dhoni to Hang up His Gloves After ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

MS Dhoni retiring from International cricket is a very sensitive topic in India that no one wants to ponder upon. However, everyone knows that his retirement is on the horizon with the legendary player turning 38 today.

MS Dhoni is facing huge criticism for his slow batting strike rate in the last few games at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The wicket-keeper batsman has been in constant pressure since the past one year to hang up his boots.

Dhoni has not yet decided about his retirement date but he is most likely to retire after the completion of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. However, Dhoni has always been unpredictable as he previously unforeseeably quit captaincy from all the three formats of cricket.

MS Dhoni said in a statement before their match against Sri Lanka on Saturday that he does not have any idea when he will retire from International cricket. He said, “I don’t know when I will retire. But a lot of people want me to retire before tomorrow’s game.”

However, a BCCI official told PTI that he is likely to retire after ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The BCCI official said as quoted by PTI, “You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment.”

The tenure of the current selection committee will end in October. However, they would like to make some changes before October, eyeing the T20 World Cup scheduled next year in Australia.

However, with team India qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semifinals, neither the team management nor the board wants to talk about Dhoni’s retirement.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the former captain of team India, took the ‘Men in Blue’ to new highs after taking the responsibility in 2007. He led the team to win the 2007 Twenty-20 World Cup and the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup.

India also won their first Champions Trophy in 2013 in England under his captaincy. He also took India to the no. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings for the first time.

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