The Indian head coach, Ravi Shastri said former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni, whose cricketing future has been a matter of decision for quite some time now, “may end his ODI career soon”. Nevertheless, MS can still be in contention for the upcoming T20 World Cup in October.
Talking about the same to the CNN news, Shastri said, “I have had a conversation with MS and that is between us. He has finished his Test career, he may soon end his ODI career… In all probability, he will finish one-day cricket. People must respect that he’s played non-stop in all formats of the game for a while.”
However, Shastri added that Dhoni will have to perform at his best in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to get back into the grove and make himself ready for being in contention for the tournament to be played in Australia.
Shastri further added, “At his age, probably the only format he’ll want to play is T20 cricket which means he’ll have to start playing again, get back into the groove because he’s going to play in the IPL and see how his body reacts. … So he will be left with T20, he will definitely play the IPL. One thing I know about Dhoni is that he will not impose himself on the team. But if he has a cracking IPL, well, then…”
In recent times, Dhoni has received immense criticism for his poor form and ponderous style of batting. However, he has been on a sabbatical from cricket after India’s ODI World Cup campaign ended with the semi-final loss against New Zealand in July 2019.
His impending retirement has been one of the biggest topic of discussion in the Indian cricket fraternity. Dhoni last played a T20I for India in February 2019, against Australia in Bengaluru.