Ever since last year’s 50 over World Cup in England and Wales, former Indian skipper MS Dhoni was not seen playing international cricket. His future at the highest level has been a matter of conjecture. Dhoni played fighting innings where he scored 50 runs in the semifinal against New Zealand in last year’s World Cup. But he couldn’t become the finisher for which he is known for. India lost the match to the Kiwis and India’s world cup dream had come to an end.
Many people think the semifinal match in last year’s world cup is the last international match of Ranchi-born cricketer. Assumptions and reports regarding his retirement from International cricket have flooded the internet. Indian selectors have indicated that they are looking beyond Dhoni. But either the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or the former Indian captain himself has not made anything clear regarding this much-debated issue.
Now as per a report published in Times of India, veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that MS Dhoni doesn’t want to wish to make a come back at the international level. This comment has again fuelled assumptions that Dhoni’s career at the highest level of cricket has already ended with last year’s World Cup semifinal match between India and New Zealand. A fan asked on Instagram about Dhoni’s international cricket future. Then Harbhajan said, “You should look to know whether Dhoni wants to play for India or not. As far as I think, I do not think he wants to play for India. I think he knew that the 2019 World Cup was the last tournament for him in Indian colors.
MS Dhoni was preparing for a comeback in IPL 2020
This year’s IPL was supposed to start on 29th March. MS Dhoni and other cricketers of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had already begun their practice in Chennai. But the coronavirus forced them to end the training camp and returned to their homes. Had IPL 2020 began as per the original schedule, it would have seen Dhoni coming back to competitive cricket since last year’s World Cup. Even Team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri had said, if Dhoni plays well for CSK in IPL 2020, then he might have a chance for a comeback to the team before ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia in October-November. But with the COVID-19 outbreak, the T20 tournament has been postponed for an indefinite period. Now only time will tell if India’s most successful captain will get to play a farewell match before hanging up his boots and ending a career that has been no less than a fairy tale.