On Wednesday (10th July), the Indian national cricket team ended their journey in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup after losing the semi-final against New Zealand. Now, there is a big question, is the former Indian captain MS Dhoni played his last ODI or international match?
The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar believes that everyone should give Dhoni the space to take that decision. Tendulkar further added that everyone should respect Dhoni’s decision about his international career.
After making his international cricket debut in December 2004, Dhoni has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. The 38-year-old cricketer has achieved numerous records in many aspects. Under his captaincy, India achieved many incredible successes, including winning the 2007 ICC World T20, achieving the no.1 position in Test rankings, winning the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, winning the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy etc.
Dhoni retired from the Test cricket at the end of 2014. In January 2017, he stepped down from the limited-overs captaincy. However, he has continued his service for the national team in limited-overs cricket.
The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup was Dhoni’s fourth CWC experience. Starting as one of the favourite sides, India finished this tournament as a semi-finalist. In the crucial semi-final match, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja played incredible innings which almost secured a remarkable victory for India. Finally, India fell short by 18 runs from New Zealand’s total.
That’s his personal decision – Sachin Tendulkar on MS Dhoni’s career decision
In that crucial semi-final, Dhoni was run-out after playing a fighting knock of 50 runs off 72 balls. After that match, Dhoni hasn’t made any comment about his international cricket future. While many speculations are growing up with the time progress, Tendulkar believes everyone should give Dhoni the space to decide on his future.
Tendulkar recently told India Today, “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.”
Tendulkar lauded MS Dhoni for his impressive international career. The cricket legend further added that India was still in the game during the 2019 CWC semi-final till Dhoni was present at the crease.
Tendulkar added, “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.”
After India finished their 2019 CWC journey in the semi-final, Indian captain Virat Kohli claimed that Dhoni hadn’t told them anything about his future.