Amid wide speculations that veteran wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni may hang up his boots after India's exit from the World Cup, veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar took to Twitter to request Dhoni to continue playing for the Men in Blue as it was the need of the hour.
The singer tweeted a message for the former skipper, addressing the rumors of his retirement and said that he should not think of retirement as the country needs a Dhoni to continue playing for the team.
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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.
Dhoni played a crucial role while chasing the 240-run target set by the Kiwis, as he built an innings reviving 100 plus runs partnership with Ravindra Jadeja. While the left-handed all-rounder was on the offensive, Dhoni perfectly played the role of a supporting partner at the other end. The calm and composed Dhoni was run-out as he got to his half-century, which signaled the end of India's World Cup run
During the post-match press briefing, a reporter asked skipper Virat Kohli if the team had any news about Dhoni's decision to retire. "He has not told us anything', responded Kohli.
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.