It was not long ago that many critics of the cricketing fraternity were debating about Dhoni’s retirement. Dhoni’s poor form and the emergence of Rishabh Pant added fuel to the fire.
Dhoni had a forgettable 2018 year. Having played in 20 ODIs, Dhoni managed to score just 275 runs. This is why he was at the receiving end of many backlashes and many suggested he should hang up his boots.
However the veteran made an excellent comeback in the year 2019. His recent form has now shut down all the critics’ mouths and has stopped his retirement talks.
Dhoni began the year with the three-ODI series against Australia. The 37-year-old scored three back-to-back fifties and helped his team win their maiden ODI series on Australian soil.
Dhoni finished that series with 193 runs and became the highest run-getter of the series. As a result of his effort, he was awarded the Man of the Series trophy.
In New Zealand, Dhoni didn’t get much opportunities. But in the 2nd ODI, he scored a 33-ball 48*, which showed that he is going through a good phase.
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Prasad reveals Dhoni’s retirement plans
Dhoni has now become India’s crisis man in ODIs. On the base of his red-hot form, the critics have now shut their mouth. But as the World Cup draws near, many believe this would Dhoni’s last assignment for India.
However chief selector MSK Prasad have given a big relief to all Dhoni fans. He revealed that no discussion has been made regarding Dhoni’s retirement. In an conversation with ESPNCricinfo, Prasad said:
We have definitely not discussed this. Because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared towards preparing well for the World Cup.
Prasad also revealed that Dhoni is a key member for the Men in Blue in the upcoming World Cup. He said that Dhoni will not only play as a player, but also an on-field mentor of the team.
“He is going to be the most important guy for India in the World Cup: be it in his advisory role to Virat, be it with his wicketkeeping, be it with is on-field mentoring of young players,” Prasad said.