Most of the Indian cricket fans were finding it difficult to digest India’s loss in the World Cup semi-final 2019, especially after the run-out of the MS Dhoni. While his dismissal crushed India’s hopes of making it to the final, it was also deemed to be the final international match of the seasoned campaigner.
To everyone’s surprise, Dhoni hasn’t announced his retirement as he is on an extended sabbatical from the game. Soon after the mega event, Dhoni decided to serve the army and he made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour. He didn’t play the South Africa series as well and reportedly will not be available for the upcoming Bangladesh series too.
There have been a lot of speculations going around his retirement and him playing the T20 World Cup next year. However, some of the reports of the Indian Express have suggest that Dhoni is not playing after the World Cup has been his wrist and back injury. The reports further stated that MS is carrying a troubled back since the Indian Premier League (IPL) earlier this year.
Dhoni was also seen taking treatment on his back during the IPL and had missed a game against the Mumbai Indians (MI) as well. The same injury aggravated during the World Cup and meanwhile, he suffered wrist injury as well.
There has been no official update from the BCCI regarding the injury of Dhoni as he is currently lying low from the media attention and his fans wait for his comeback on the 22 yards. There were also reports of him waiting for Rishabh Pant getting nurtured for the T20 World Cup next year before calling it quits.
It remains to be seen now if Dhoni will feature in the home series against the West Indies in December later this year. As far as the selectors and the skipper Virat Kohli is concerned, retirement is something only MS should decide on with the latter also welcoming Dhoni’s inputs if and when he’s available again.