These days, quite a rumor is going the rounds in the Indian Cricket domain. India cricket team’s coach Ravi Shastri has drifted all social media talk of MS Dhoni retiring over a harmless moment following the third ODI against England. Previously, the video grab of Dhoni taking the ball from the umpire led several to believe that the veteran is going to retire. Now, this was quite similar to the way he took the stumps following India and Australia’s Test draw in 2014. So, after this just after a few days later, he surprisingly announced retirement from the longest format of the game.
Dhoni asked for the ball from umpires Bruce Oxenford (Australia) and Michael Gough (England) as the teams walked back towards the pavilion.
However, Shastri dismissed all speculation on Dhoni’s retirement. In a leading newspaper, his statement was published which read like, “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”.
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Even with the social media rife with speculation that the former India captain would soon bid a final goodbye to all formats, Shastri ended that also with his one-liner. To this, he confirmed that “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere”.
Dhoni had come under fire during the England ODI series for a slow scoring rate. His 59-ball 37 runs at Lord’s in the second ODI frustrated many fans with some in attendance even booing him.
To this, Shastri clarified that if criticism has to come Dhoni’s way, he might as well endure it. However, this wouldn’t make ‘Captain Cool’ any less important, given what he brings to the squad. So, finally, he stated that “But right now, all this clamor 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”.