India’s head coach Ravi Shastri put a full stop to all the rumors of MS Dhoni’s retirement. On Wednesday, there has been a lot of buzz on social media that Dhoni will soon be going to retire from international cricket as he was seen taking the match ball from the umpires at the end of the third ODI against England at the Headingley, despite the fact that Team India lost the game.
As per the reports of Times of India, explaining the situation, Shastri said, “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere. MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like. But right now, all this clamor is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled.”
Dhoni decided to hang his boots from the longest format of the game in 2014 after playing 90 Tests for India and in limited overs cricket, he has played 321 ODIs and 93 T20Is.
In ODIs, MS has amassed as many as 10046 runs at an average of 51.25 with the help of 10 centuries and 67 fifties. However, in T20Is, Mahi has scored 1487 runs at an average of 37.17, including two half-centuries.
Recently, Dhoni became the fourth Indian cricketer to surpass the tally of 10,000 ODI runs and 12th cricketer to do so in the history of ODI cricket. The former India skipper achieved the milestone during second at the iconic stadium of Lord’s.
Dhoni has joined the legendary list comprising of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara, Sanath Jayasuriya and some more stalwarts.
The 2011 World Cup winning captain is only the second wicketkeeper-batsman to surpass the 10000-run mark. Sangakkara was the first designated wicketkeeper-batsman to cross the milestone.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India lifted the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the World Twenty20 in 2007. He also led India to the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 in England. He is the only captain to lift all the three ICC trophies under his tenure.