On Saturday, former Indian cricketer, Sanjay Manjrekar revealed that MS Dhoni had told him that the latter will keep on playing international cricket as long as he manages to beat the fastest sprinter in the team. Manjrekar said he had a chat with the two-time World Cup-winning former skipper, regarding his future in international cricket during India skipper Virat Kohli’s wedding in 2017.
Manjrekar explained, “During Virat Kohli’s wedding, I had a little corner time with him and he said as long as ‘I am beating the fastest sprinter in the team, I am going to consider myself fit enough to be playing international cricket or playing high-level cricket’. You will never see Dhoni ever on a public stage, like a cricket field, looking slightly unfit or unable to sprint or run…”
Dhoni played his last international match in the 2019 World Cup semifinal when India suffered a loss against New Zealand. Manjrekar also reckoned Dhoni would come good in the IPL, saying the presence of “only four-five” good bowlers in the cash-rich tournament is not enough to trouble the seasoned campaigner.
Describing the same, Manjrekar said, “He is going to be very good and one of the reasons he is so successful and consistent in IPL as a batsman as opposed to international is that he knows that there are about four to five bowlers to handle. There are some good ones and there are some not so good ones in the IPL. So, as a batter, with MS Dhoni in the IPL, I don’t see much difference.”
Dhoni, who helped the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to win three IPL titles, has played 190 games in the history of IPL, scoring 4,432 runs. Manjrekar said that it is going to be about the mind in the upcoming season of the IPL.
Explaining the same, Sanjay Manjrekar said, “In fact, the conditions that we have, I keep saying, is just perfect for Dhoni, where it’s going to be about the mind and not just power hitting.”