Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been on a break from cricketing action ever since India crashed out of the World Cup in July. Although speculations of 'Captain Cool's' retirement has been doing rounds on media, the World Cup-winning captain has not revealed his plans for the future and has extended his break. The former skipper has been spotted playing various sports during his break from cricket and was recently spotted playing billiards along with Baharagora MLA Kunal Sarangi at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA). MS Dhoni, who had earlier recused himself from India's tour of West Indies also opted out of South Africa's tour and is now expected to return to action in the limited-overs contest against West Indies in December.
MS Dhoni was spotted at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association where he was playing billiards along with Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) MLA Kunal Sarangi. The former skipper also met Basu Da, one of the oldest pitch curator's of the JSCA, and took to strike a pose with the experienced curator. Basu Da has seen MS Dhoni, Varun Aaron and many other cricketers from the state go on to represent the national side. MLA Kunal Sarangi spoke to Republic TV and revealed that MS Dhoni along with himself shared a strong bond with Basu Da, who belonged to Sarangi's constituency, and that while the two (MSD and the MLA) were playing billiards inside the JSCA, they spotted Basu Da and rushed to greet him following which the two struck a pose for the camera with Basu Da. MLA Kunal Sarangi took to Twitter to share the pictures of the meet with Basu Da and MS Dhoni. Here are the pictures:
ख़राब मौसम के कारण कुछ कार्यक्रम रद्द और मिल हए फुर्सत के पल और वो भी मेरी सबसे मनपसंद जगह अपने #JSCA स्टेडियम में और एक तस्वीर हम सबके सुपर हीरो - #बासु दा के साथ जो JSCA मैदान के क्यूरेटर हैं और मेरे #बहरागोडाविधानसभा क्षेत्र के #बारसती गाँव के ही निवासी हैं।#Ranchi #Rains pic.twitter.com/6n9fGP2IVI— Kunal Sarangi 🇮🇳 (@KunalSarangi) September 26, 2019
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has chosen to criticise MS Dhoni for "picking and choosing series" and advocated in favour of selectors speaking to him about his future plans. "He shouldn’t be picking and choosing series," Gambhir told media persons on the sidelines of a promotional event in Delhi. Currently, MS Dhoni has taken a four-month sabbatical from cricket after returning from ICC World Cup cricket in England & Wales in June, making himself unavailable for West Indies, South Africa and Bangladesh series. Gambhir was also of the opinion that Dhoni should be "spoken to" by the selectors regarding his retirement plans. "Selectors should speak to him about his future plans," he observed. There have been speculations and rumour about his possible retirement in the recent past but MS Dhoni has put them on rest with selectors also making it clear that he still continues to be in the scheme of things while MS Dhoni's wife called all such developments as "rumours". The cricketer-turned-politician defended Rahul Dravid on the issue of conflict of interest and deposition before BCCI's ethics officer. "He is the best that Indian cricket has and should be left alone. I am shocked that people are still questioning Dravid,' he noted.