India lost to New Zealand by 18 runs in the first semifinal of ICC World Cup 2019 at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Ever since India lost, rumours are going around that former India captain MS Dhoni might announce his retirement. However, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar said it is Dhoni’s personal decision and everyone should give him space.
India were struggling in their 240-run chase against New Zealand when MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried their best and nearly pulled off the things for India. However, he was not that impressive in the last couple of games. However, he scored a stable half-century and supported Jadeja well, adding a 106-run stand for the seventh wicket.
However, Sachin Tendulkar felt retirement decision is Dhoni’s personal decision and people should give him space to decide about his future. He also urged people to respect his contribution to Indian cricket throughout the years.
“That’s his personal decision [end of 50-over career]. Everyone should give him that space and respect that. Everyone should respect what his contribution to India cricket rather than starting speculations. After having contributed so much, he should be the one taking that decision,” Sachin Tendulkar said to India Today.
Moreover, Sachin Tendulkar praised a lot of MS Dhoni, saying there are hardly a few cricketers who might have this successful career like Dhoni. Tendulkar also shared that Indian fans didn’t lose hope till Dhoni was there in the middle as they knew Dhoni could win the game for India.
“How many guys can have a career like this? He has had a special career. The support and belief that people have in him is a reflection of his contribution. People still believed that he could go and finish the game. The game was not over till the time he was out there,” the former player concluded.