MS Dhoni took a jibe at his critics, saying that a lot of people wanted him to retire before the match against Sri Lanka at Leeds on Saturday.
Former Indian cricket team captain MS Dhoni is under a lot of pressure owing to his poor form in the ongoing ICC cricket world cup 2019. Dhoni came under severe criticism for his ‘lack of intent’ and ‘slow batting’ in this world cup. The former captain failed to accelerate when the team required some quick runs.
Former India cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly pointed fingers at his ‘lack of intent’ in the match against England, which India lost by 31 runs. Dhoni and Jadhav scored at a slow pace when the required rate 13 runs per over.
Despite a lot of criticism, Dhoni has received support from team management including captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma.
Once again the news of Dhoni’s retirement is making round. However, the ex-captain cool dismissed the reports as rumours and also took a jibe at his critics, saying that a lot of people wanted him to retire before the match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.
On Friday, before of the final group stage match against Sri Lanka, Dhoni said that he has no plans of retiring anytime soon.
“I don’t know when I will retire. But a lot of people want me to retire before tomorrow’s game (against Sri Lanka),” Dhoni told ABP News. Dhoni, however, confirmed that his indication was not towards any member of the team or the coaching staff.
The speculations about Dhoni’s retirement fired up when a PTI report had said that India’s last match at the World Cup could turn out to be MS Dhoni’s last international ODI match.
“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,” a senior BCCI official told PTI.
Dhoni hasn’t been in his best of form in this world cup. He has scored just 223 runs in 7 innings. The bigger problem is his low strike and inability to pace the game at the required time.