Thanking Indian star wicketkeeper MS Dhoni for all he has given to the game, legendary Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist on Thursday has said that have has always admired Dhoni's calmness and self-belief, fuelling Dhoni's retirement rumours.
'Gilly' as Adam Gilchrist is fondly called, himself retired in 2008 facing India in his last match citing that he chose to retire after dropping VVS Laxman during the first innings of the Test match, and realising that he had lost his "competitive edge." Australia had also won the World Cup the previous year.
Gilly also had words to the fans to not be too harsh on the Indian cricket team after its Semi-final loss.
While speculations about the former skipper hanging up his boots after India's exit from the showpiece event loomed after the match, skipper Kohli said that he nor the team was aware of what Dhoni had in mind.
On Wednesday, after India were reduced to 92/6, Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja added 116 runs for the seventh wicket stand and almost took India on the cusp of victory, before Dhoni was run out by Martin Guptill after scoring a 72-ball 50.
Team India fell narrowly short as the second day of the World Cup semifinal at Manchester's Old Trafford against New Zealand witnessed the Kiwis come out on top by 18 runs. They had resumed batting at 211/5 in 46.1 overs after rain had interrupted them on Tuesday and set India a target of 240 to win. India were bowled out for 221 with 3 balls to play.
While fans have appreciated Gilly's words, they hope MSD does not retire anytime soon.