The veteran wicket-keeper-batsman is not going to hang up the boots just yet.
The Men in Blue’s integrity as a team was questioned following their loss to New Zealand in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Many assumed that, given their dominance, they would proceed through to the finals and actually win the tournament. However, when they failed to get past the Kiwis, the team - from its players to the management - was under scrutiny.
One of the most criticized players on the team has to be MS Dhoni who, during the course of the tournament, wasn’t performing at the pace others expected him to be. After the exit from the tournament, many doubted him. Many believed that after this World Cup, Dhoni would retire. But reports say that he is not done with cricket and has decided to ‘take a break from it all’ by making himself available for the national duties as Lieutenant Colonel of the Territorial Army.
“Dhoni has made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies as he will be spending two months with his paramilitary regiment,” a BCCI official stated. “We would like to say three things: he is not retiring from cricket right now, he is taking a two-month sabbatical to serve his paramilitary regiment which he had committed much earlier, and we have now intimated his decision to skipper Virat Kohli and chairman of selectors MSK Prasad,” he added.
India may have lost the semi-finals match to New Zealand, but they are working on their team composition in preparation for their tour of West Indies. To find out more about the different cricket leagues, visit Betwala's page.
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