Ever since India skipper Virat Kohli shared a picture of a moment from the semi-finals of the 2016 World T20 with MS Dhoni and himself, speculations of MS Dhoni's retirement spread like wildfire on social media and news portals, with many thinking that Virat Kohli had sent out a cue hinting at the former skipper announcing his retirement. Chief selector MSK Prasad rubbished the rumours and said that the BCCI did not have any knowledge about MS Dhoni's plans. Ever since India's exit from the World Cup after failing to beat New Zealand in the semi-finals, speculations of MS Dhoni's retirement have been rife. Although the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman recused himself from the tour of West Indies to serve the Territorial Army, fans are eagerly waiting to see the World Cup-winning captain return to the field.
MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi Dhoni took to Twitter to address the rumours that were raging the internet since the morning. Taking to the micro-blogging website, Sakshi wrote 'Its called rumours', indicating that the hue about MS Dhoni's retirement was not true. The wicketkeeper-batsman completed his two-week stint with the 106th battalion of the Territorial Army from July 31 to August 15 and is expected to return to action after his break officially ends on September 21. The veteran was also not included in the T20 squad named for the series against South Africa. Many former cricketers have thrown their weight behind Dhoni and have voiced their opinion for MS Dhoni to help in the team's transition and groom young players before he retires, thus helping India prepare for the T20 World Cup next year in Australia and the 2023 World Cup in India. Here's the tweet from Sakshi Dhoni rubbishing the rumours:
Earlier in the day, India skipper Virat Kohli shared a picture of MS Dhoni and himself during a match in 2016, fuelling speculations of MS Dhoni possibly announcing his retirement. However, chief selector MSK Prasad said that the BCCI was unaware of any such plans and that he was surprised that the news was doing rounds. Even as MS Dhoni faced a lot of flak and was accused for 'lack of intent' during the World Cup, MSK Prasad threw his weight behind Dhoni and assured the world that the former skipper knew what he was doing. The cricketer-turned-selector still believes that MS Dhoni is a force to reckon with in the shorter formats for India with his outstanding abilities behind the stumps and his finishing abilities with the bat. Prasad also had earlier said that the 2011 World Cup-winning skipper was a big strength to the team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 who apart from being a batsman and a keeper also shared his vast experience with the team and captain Virat Kohli while taking on-field decisions.
The Indian skipper took to the micro-blogging website to share a picture of a moment of MS Dhoni and himself after India's successful run-chase against Australia in the World T20 semi-final The picture, etched forever in the hearts of the Indian fans, is that of Virat Kohli kneeling on the ground, exhausted as MS Dhoni scores the winning runs with a typical MSD finish, a boundary. Australia had set a target of 161 runs for the Men in Blue to chase in order to make it to the finals. Virat Kohli scored a magnificent knock of 82 runs to steer India home to victory. However, the run-chase went down the wire and it was none other than Captain Cool MS Dhoni who was there to finish the match off with Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni went on to put up a fifth-wicket partnership of 50 runs which came off 26 balls but it involved an incredible running between the field by both the batsman. MS Dhoni had pushed Virat Kohli at every possible moment to make a run or convert it into a double. As a result, at the end of the successful run-chase that saw India go on to the finals, Virat Kohli was kneeling on the ground, exhausted, as MS Dhoni hit the winning runs and watched on as the ball sailed to the boundary. 'A special night. A game to never forget. This man made me run like a fitness machine', wrote Virat Kohli on the micro-blogging website.