Taking a sudden decision to retire from international cricket, he gave a clear message that he will not stop the way for the youth. If Dhoni did not declare his retirement, players like Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson and Ishaan Kishan would be under pressure in the IPL. A close confidant of him told Dainik Jagran that the T20 World Cup was to be held in Australia this year and Dhoni was keeping himself fit for it, but he made the decision due to his move to 2021. Surely Rishabh Pant will get more chances as wicketkeeper.
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Decision taken after meeting Srinivasan
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Dhoni and his boss N. Srinivasan holds a very high status. Dhoni had not played any match since losing the semifinal against New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup. Since then questions were being raised about his future. He arrived in Chennai on Friday along with the rest of CSK’s teammates. After meeting teammates, he met Srinivasan and announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.
That last innings of the World Cup
It was only after India’s 2019 World Cup that Dainik Jagran told that this would be his last international tournament, but he did not retire and like every time when he had no hope, he retired from international cricket. He did the same while retiring from the Test and leaving the ODI and T20 captaincy. When captain Virat Kohli was asked if Dhoni had told him anything about his future after the defeat in the semi-final match against New Zealand in the World Cup, he denied that we had no say about it happened.
Dhoni, who became the center of criticism for his slow batting, played a battling innings of 50 runs off 72 balls against New Zealand. Had he not been run out, India might have reached the semi-finals as well. When New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was asked if you would have been the captain of India, would he have Dhoni in his team, he laughed saying that he was not eligible to play for New Zealand. He is a world class player. Dhoni has won a lot of matches for India. He then laughed and asked if he was changing his nationality.
Dhoni always surprised
Dhoni retired from the biggest format of cricket from the middle Test series in Australia in late 2014. In 2017, he abruptly relinquished the captaincy of ODIs and T20s. At that time, he had said that the new captain would get a chance to form a team for the upcoming World Cup, but he would continue to support him. Dhoni has now retired from international cricket on 15 August 2020.