Mahendra Singh Dhoni is undoubtedly one of the most worshipped cricketers in India. The former Indian skipper has guided India to many historic moments which includes the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 where he himself hit a six to finish of the final against Sri Lanka. The iconic superstar enjoys a huge fan base not only in India but also the world.
Dhoni fans all over the world were left in doubt that their hero might retire from all forms of cricket after the 37-year-old took the match ball from the umpire after the third one-day international against England at the Headingley Cricket ground at Leeds on Tuesday.
Twitter went berserk over the move and fans started drawing conclusions that the World Cup-winning captain might well have played his last international match.
But there is good news for all the people who love Indian cricket and of course all Dhoni fanatics. Ravi Shastri, the coach of the Indian cricket team rubbished the talks of Dhoni’s retirement and revealed the reason why Dhoni took the ball from the umpire. He said:
“That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere”
“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.”
“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.”
Dhoni retired from test cricket in the year 2014 and has played 321 one-day internationals and 93 T20 Internationals. In 321 ODIs, Dhoni has scored 10046 runs at an average of 51.25. He has 10 centuries and 67 fifties to his name.