New Delhi: As India’s journey at World Cup 2019 comes to an end, the biggest question facing Indian cricket today is former skipper MS Dhoni’s retirement. While fans have started posting ‘thank you’ messages for MSD, skipper Virat Kohli has said he isn’t aware about any retirement plans of Dhoni.
The World Cup-winning captain hit a half-century in the semi-final against New Zealand, but could not take the team to the finish line.
Fifty and run out? A direct hit, and they're going upstairs to check… pic.twitter.com/rjleGU7Ojm
— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 10, 2019
During the post-match press briefing, a reporter asked Virat Kohli about India’s upcoming ODI bilateral series with West Indies, and whether Dhoni would be a part of the team. Kohli replied, “No, he hasn’t told us anything about his future.”
In the World Cup, Dhoni faced severe criticism post his slow knock against Afghanistan and England and for not being able to perform up to the expectations. However, he found defenders, such as former captain Sourav Ganguly, who said Dhoni remains the best finisher of the game.
— pranay sitoke (@SitokePranay) July 10, 2019
This pic makes me sad. Bleed Blue forever we always support team INDIA.
Retirement mat lena @msdhoni .Mahi bhai you gave us for everything .Love u much ❤️❤️🇮🇳🇮🇳 well played @imjadeja ❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/KkLmqGpcr8
— chetan Bornare (@chetanbornare12) July 11, 2019
The man, stood strongly and gave the world cup to Sachin's hand as the best retirement gift for him,
but now this hero is going with empty hand and gave tears to all of his followers… 😢😢😢😢 … most heart breaking moment in the cricket history…miss u lot thala..#MSDHONI pic.twitter.com/72AzqFCudg
— TamilselviHaribabu (@TamilselviHari1) July 11, 2019
— Nileshkumar Parmar (@Nileshk01231717) July 11, 2019
Good news msdians @msdhoni hasn't told us anything about his retirement yet.
— TEAM MS DHONI #Dhoni (@imDhoni_fc) July 10, 2019
“As a finisher he has tremendous respect all around the world, as Kevin Pietersen said. And it was actually not over, it was tough, but he had the ability to finish matches on his own and get the big hits. That’s why he leaves it to the last,” Ganguly said.
— Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381) July 11, 2019
Former Australian wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist tweeted “Not sure if you are playing on but thanks @msdhoni You have given the game so much. Always admired your calmness and self-belief.”
India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the semi-final on July 10 at the Old Trafford and the Kiwis reached their second finale post 2015.
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