'Shocked' KL Rahul Wanted To Give MS Dhoni Farewell

‘Shocked’ KL Rahul Wanted To Give MS Dhoni Farewell

KL Rahul revealed that he along with teammates wanted to give former skipper MS Dhoni an unthinkable proper send-off, but the later decided his intention to retire by an Instagram post on Independence Day. KL Rahul has himself featured in only 36 Tests and 32 ODIs, but his average of 45.08 in ODIs shows that he has the potential to be a future superstar. He has also performed extraordinary well in T20Is which is shown by an average of 45.65 in 42 T20Is.

MS Dhoni is among the most successful captains in world cricket leading India to the win in ICC Cricket World Cup in 2011 after a hiatus of 28 years. Previously, he led India to victory in the ICC World T20 during its inaugural edition held in 2007 in South Africa. The 2013 Champions Trophy win saw MS Dhoni as the first captain and only one till date to have laid his hands on all the three major ICC trophies.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul Credit: BCCI


KL Rahul Is Shocked And Heartbroken To See MS Dhoni Retiring On Social Media

MS Dhoni called time on his 16-year-old career but his teammates especially KL Rahul want him to play at least one time more to give him a proper respectable send-off.

“It was quite shocking. I was honestly heartbroken. I’m sure all of us in the team or whoever has played under him and with him would have wanted to give him a big send-off and wanted him to play one more time so we could have had that opportunity to do something special for him. It is what it is,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Rahul as saying.

KL Rahul said that the former skipper MS Dhoni guided his teammates exceptionally well since he has a thorough understanding of the game. His expertise helped them to clear doubts and he asked everyone to learn from their mistakes by going out in the field.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“He has been someone who has guided us all really, really well. And who has never expected us to change who we are. He has let us go out there and express ourselves and make our mistakes and learn from them. He has just let us be. If we were ever in doubt, or if we wanted to look to somebody for answers, he was always there. He knew when to push the players,” he added.

MS Dhoni, however, will continue to play in Indian Premier League which was also postponed from 29 March and will be held in UAE from September 19 onwards.

The T20 World Cup was originally slated for 2020 in Australia but was postponed and will be held in India in 2021.  The decisions were due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has left thousands of common people and celebrities affected.

Strict measures like lock-down and quarantine have led to cancellations and postponement of various sporting events especially IPL which had to be shifted out of India.

KL Rahul Is Short Of Words To Describe And Rate MS Dhoni’s Achievement

KL Rahul fell short of words as he was an inspiration not only on-field but also off the field. The present wicket-keeper of India KL Rahul acknowledged that MS Dhoni who is also a wicket-keeper batsman is a phenomenal achiever and no word is enough to rate him.

“Words fall short, man. Even the other day when I was trying to write on Dhoni retiring on Instagram or Twitter, I mean, what do you say about somebody like that? You don’t have enough to say about how much he has done and how many lives he has changed and for how many people he is an inspiration – not just on the field but off the field as well with the things he has achieved. It is phenomenal,” Rahul said.

KL Rahul With MS Dhoni in IPL
KL Rahul With MS Dhoni in IPL

On August 15, MS Dhoni had announced his retirement on Instagram. The wicket-keeper-batsman MS Dhoni shared a video and captioned the post, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”

The video had the iconic song ‘Mai Pal Do Pal Ka Shayar Hu’ from Amitabh Bachchan’s ‘Kabhie Kabhie’ playing in the background and MS Dhoni shared his incredible journey in the video for the Indian side including his run out in his last game against New Zealand in the World Cup 2019 semifinal.

MS Dhoni will captain Chennai Super Kings again as usual while KL Rahul will captain Kings XI Punjab for which team he played since 2018. KL Rahul is the third Indian to score centuries in all three formats. He has also scored an IPL century.