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What? If India Wins World Cup It Could Be Dhoni’s Last Match For Country

Mumbai: Rumours have already rifted over India’s former captain MS Dhoni’s retirement which left fans little bit tensed as India will miss one of the best wicketkeeper/batsmen of all time after ICC World Cup.

News Agency PTI said that India’s last match in the World Cup could be Dhoni’s last for the country. However, it has no official confirmation.

A PTI report said on Wednesday, “If India qualifies for the final and goes to win the World Cup in Lords on July 14, then it will be an ideal farewell.”

“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 decision to leave the captaincy from all three formats has been taken so suddenly, The moment is difficult, “PTI quoted a senior BCCI official as saying on condition of anonymity.

The PTI report also said there was no word on Dhoni’s retirement from either the team management or BCCI. “However, with India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup here, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to talk about a sensitive issue,” the PTI report stated.

Dhoni had retired from Test cricket in 2014, and in January 2017 he stepped down as a captain of India’s limited overs. He has since been an integral part of the small format teams of India.

“With the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly also being critical of his approach, the team management knows only too well that they can’t carry their “beloved captain” beyond the marquee tournament,” PTI reports further states.

“His on-field contribution is still immense as every player who has appeared for media interactions has pointed out”.

“The team management had to take a call in 2017 after the Champions Trophy. They decided that they will invest another two years in Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup. India has reached the semi-finals despite his lukewarm performances so he has been carefully shielded,” PTI quoted an India player as saying. “No one can ask him to retire but obviously he has got the drift that post World Cup, things won’t be the same,” he said.

MS Dhoni is the only captain to win all ICC trophies, Dhoni guided the Men in Blue to another World Cup triumph in 2011.

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