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Sachin Tendulkar Extends A Helping Hand To 560 Children From Economically Weaker Background

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has partnered with a NGO named Parivaar to help 560 tribal children from economically weaker background. NGO Parivaar has been active in building Seva Kutirs in remote villages in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. Children majorly from  Barela Bhil and Gond tribes of villages Sewaniya, Beelpati, Khapa, Nayapura and Jamunjheel in Sehore district are now getting nourished meals and education with the help Tendulkar’s foundation.

The greatest cricketer on planet earth has always shown his generousness by helping those in need. He has been long associated with different NGO’s to help children in need.

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Sachin Tendulkar comes ahead to help tribal children in need

Tendulkar who is the goodwill ambassador of UNICEF has partnered with an NGO in Madhya Pradesh to help the tribal children from the economically weaker background with their education and nourishment. Sachin has always spoken for the betterment of concerns like ‘Early Childhood Development’.

“This initiative by Sachin is testimony to his concern towards tribal children in Madhya Pradesh who have been plagued by malnutrition and illiteracy,” a press release stated.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: IANS)

The helping hand of Sachin Tendulkar

The Master blaster has come ahead to help many people in multiple instances. One such instance is when Dalbir Singh Gill, a former cricketer who played with Sachin Tendulkar at the under-17 level. He was injured in a road accident in 2002. He had a hip replacement surgery in 2010 and can now walk again. The bill for his treatment was paid for by Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar also has adopted two villages to completely take care of under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme.

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Sachin Tendulkar. Image: AFP

In December 2019, through the ‘Spreading Happiness InDiya Foundation’, Sachin had set up solar lighting systems to provide green energy to run digital classrooms, equipped with modern means of learning, and sports facilities at Shri Gadge Maharaj Ashram School, Borivali, Mumbai.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Image Credits: Twitter
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BCCI’s New Policy May Be A Hurdle In Yuvraj Singh’s Return

Former Indian star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wants to return to domestic cricket playing for Punjab, but BCCI’s new policy is a hurdle on his way to return. Yuvraj announced his retirement from cricket in June 2019. He has reportedly said that he wishes to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab.

Yuvraj Singh has been one of the finest white-ball cricketers in the history of the game. He is famous for hitting six sixes against Stuart Broad in an over during the 2007 T2o World Cup. He was also the Man of the Series in India‘s 2011 World Cup victory. The man who battled cancer and came back to play again for the nation in his top form, when many doubted him.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh (Credits: Twitter)

BCCI’s policies may hamper a chance for Yuvraj Singh’s comeback

A BCCI official has said the final call lies with BCCI over the permission for Yuvraj Singh to return from retirement to play domestic cricket. The BCCI policies may be a hurdle because he has already been given the one-time retirement benefit and has been earning a 22,500 pension ever since retiring.

“Getting to spend time with someone as experienced as Yuvraj could be the best thing to happen for the young players coming into the Punjab squad. But then, he has not only received a one-time benefit post-retirement but also reportedly gets a pension of around Rs 22,500. These are all documented in the accounts of the BCCI as well from the time of his retirement in 2019. The final call lies with the board.” A BCCI official told ANI

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Yuvraj Singh requests BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to allow him to play domestic cricket

The latest report suggests Yuvraj Singh has sent a mail to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Joint secretary Jay Shah, requesting them to allow him to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab. He has reportedly, mentioned in the mail that he won’t participate in any Global T20 league if he is granted permission to play for Punjab.

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Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh (Image Credit: Google)

PCA secretary Puneet Bali had approached Yuvraj with a request to come out of retirement last month and return to the Punjab team as a player-cum-mentor.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter
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Kuldeep Yadav Opens Up On Competition With Yuzvendra Chahal

The Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been an integral part of team India since 2017 when they replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the team. The spot for a spinner in the India National Cricket Team has always been a tough spot to fight for as the country has never been short of producing legendary spinners.

A fine leg arm spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal and an unorthodox chinaman in Kuldeep Yadav have been India’s face of spin attack for quite some time now and are indispensable in the team. However, surprisingly they have not been picked up together in the T20 lineup since July 2018, despite them performing well playing together.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, India vs New Zealand 2019
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He has always taken care of me, like an elder brother: Kuldeep Yadav on Yuzvendra Chahal

The spin duo of Yadav and Chahal has been a proven match-winner for team India. They both have developed a strong bond with each other both on and off the field. 25-year old, Kuldeep Yadav has stated that Chahal has always taken care of him like an elder brother and has always given him good advice. He also mentioned there is no competition between them, despite whichever gets the starting place in the team.

“He has always taken care of me, like an elder brother. Even now, after playing so many matches together, even off the field, he gives me advice on cricket as well as off cricket. He supports me, and this bond is visible on the field as well. We’ve never had a competition between us, irrespective of which of us gets picked to play,” Kuldeep Yadav told the RCB website.

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Team India have refrained to put Chahal and Yadav together in the lineup for a long time

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have played 34 ODIs together and taken 65 wickets at an average of 22.73. The numbers are quite astounding, yet India have not picked them together in the ODI team since their ICC World Cup 2019 group stage clash against England.  Their T20 record together is decent with the duo getting 22 wickets in 10 matches, yet they haven’t been picked together since July 2018 in India’s starting 11. The decision of the Indian team to not pick them together has been very confusing, the reason being they have performed utterly well whenever they have started together for the team.

Kuldeep Yadav, who is altogether a different spinner, as he belongs to such a rare category called Chinaman. Meanwhile, he wants to learn from Yuzvendra Chaha
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Yuzvendra Chahal will be repping the RCB colors and Kuldeep Yadav will represent KKR in the IPL 2020. The 13 the edition of the IPL will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE.

Arat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli could get the much needed rest. (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shreyas Iyer Knows A Definite Arm-Wrestling Winner Between Virat Kohli And Hardik Pandya

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer was asked a question in an interview by ESPNCricinfo that who would win in an arm-wrestling match between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Virat Kohli has been looked up to as the fittest cricketer in the world right now. His India teammate Pandya also has a great physique and is quite fit.

Shreyas Iyer will be leading Delhi Capitals this IPL season, Virat Kohli will be leading RCB, and Hardik Pandya will represent Mumbai Indians. They are all currently in UAE, training with their respective squads after completing the mandatory quarantine on travel from India.

Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, Image Credits: Twitter

Who would win an Arm-wrestling match between Virat Kohli & Hardik Pandya: Shreyas Iyer answers

Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has opined, according to him Virat Kohli would win in an arm-wrestling battle with Hardik Pandya. He was asked by ESPNCricinfo in a video quiz, he said Pandya had a better physique out of the duo.

25-year-old Iyer is all praises for his Team India skipper Kohli and lauded him for his strong resolve.

 “It’s really a phenomenal feeling when he talks or compliments his teammates… He’s a role model for all the youngsters out there.”

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Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Whenever he goes out on the field it feels as if he’s playing his first game. He’s never tired, always energetic like a lion. You see a different body language when he enters the ground, something great to learn from him.”

Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli also share a special bond as each other’s neighbors in Mumbai

Kohli and Iyer live very near to each other in Mumbai and had been exchanging homemade food with each other during the coronavirus pandemic triggered a lockdown. Shreyas brought Kohli Neer Dosas which his mother made and Kohli sent him some Mushroom Biryani.

The Indian duo will be seen in action in the IPL which is set to begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

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Sachin Tendulkar Didn’t Have A Strong Team, But He Wasn’t The Most Motivational Captain Either: Shashi Tharoor

Indian politician Shashi Tharoor, who is a big cricket fan opined Sachin Tendulkar wasn’t the best of leaders when it came to captaining the Indian side. Tendulkar is arguably the best cricketer ever to grace the game. He was appointed as Team India’s captain in 1996 at the age of 23, and in the 73 ODIs he led India in, the team won 23 matches, while losing 43 which left his win percentage at  35.07 which was quite disappointing owing to Tendulkar’s class.

The legendary Tendulkar’s Test record remained much worse with a win percentage of 16; India won four and lost nine of the 25 matches he captained the team. Tendulkar’s form was also affected with the burden of captaincy and eventually, he stepped down from the role.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Image Credit: Getty Images.

Captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar didn’t work out: Shashi Tharoor

Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor also remarked that he always thought Tendulkar was the best choice as captain for the Indian team in the 90s before he was assigned a role to lead the team. The team performed in a very underwhelming way under Sachin’s captaincy and Tharoor says he was just not suited for it.

“I thought Tendulkar was the best possible captain of India before he became captain. Because when he was not captain, he was so active – he was fielding in the slips, running up to the captain of the day, giving advice and encouragement,” Tharoor told SportsKeeda in an interview.

Shashi Tharoor
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“I said let’s make this guy captain because he really is there in every way. When he became captain, it didn’t work out. He had not a terribly strong Indian team in his days of captaincy, but he himself would admit that was not the most inspirational, motivational captain,” Tharoor added.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credits: Getty Images.

India had to face one of their worse overseas tours under the captaincy of Sachin Tendulkar in the year 1999 when they toured Australia and were clean swept 3-0 in the Test series.

“This was partially because he had his own batting to think about. And in the end, he happily gave up captaincy and refused to take it when it was offered again later,” Shashi Tharoor concluded.

There on, Sourav Ganguly was appointed as the captain in 2000 in a hope to help the sinking ship which Team India was turning into. Under Tendulkar’s leadership, the team was going through a lot of hardships because of the poor record of the team, this led to the conflict within the team.

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Shoaib Akhtar. Photo Credit: AFP.
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Why Should I Not Praise Indian Players And Virat Kohli?: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar has always been candid praising the Indian team and players, for which he has faced criticism from the people of his country often. Shoaib Akhtar has always been infamous for his controversies on and off the field. The Rawalpindi Express is recognized as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket, delivering a world record owing to a top speed of 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), which came in a pool match against England during the 2003 World Cup.

Shoaib Akhtar was feared by batsman whether rookie or veteran. However, he was also banned for the use of performance-enhancing drugs and was accused of ball-tampering during his career.

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Shoaib Akhtar (Image Creidt: Google)
“Why should I not praise Virat Kohli, who is the best around right now,” says Shoaib Akhtar

The former Pakistani pacer says when Virat Kohli is the best there is and there is no comparison to him, then why shouldn’t he praise him. He also said that there was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan players but now the tables have turned.

“Why should I not praise Indian players and Virat Kohli? Is there any player in Pakistan, or all over the world, which comes close to Kohli? I don’t know why people are angry, they should go look at the stats first before criticising me,” Shoaib Akhtar told Cricket Pakistan

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Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images

“There was a time when Indians wanted to be like Pakistan players but now it’s the other way around.” he added.

England vs Pakistan T20I series ends as a 1-1 draw

The last match in the T20I ended as a win for Pakistan, as England failed to chase the 190 runs on the board. England had won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez scored a stellar knock of 86 runs from 52 balls and was named as the Player of the Series.

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The test series was won by England 1-0 after two matches were drawn due to rain. Shoaib Akhtar criticised 34-year-old Pakistan batsman Asad Shafiq who didn’t look at his best in the test series against England.

Asad Shafiq looks lost on the field and does not know what to do. Whenever he is out there, it looks like he is playing his first Test,” he said. “Even after playing so many Tests, we have failed to make him a star.”

Babar Azam captained the Pakistan side in the T20I series. The first match in the series was abandoned due to rain, and the second was won by England who chased Pakistan’s 195 total with ease. Pakistan’s tour of England ended with a 1-0 loss in the Test Series after two matches were drawn due to rain and a draw in the T20I series.

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If Virat Kohli Decides to Beat You Today, He Will Beat You: Kesrick Williams On Virat Kohli’s Determination

West Indies speedster Kesrick Williams has lauded Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his intense determination to win whenever he wants. The pacer has shared a few amusing instances with Indian counterpart Kohli on the pitch. In 2017, Williams took Kohli’s wicket and followed it with his trademark ‘notebook celebration’.

Virat Kohli kept the instance in his mind and during 2019 West Indies tour of India he hit him for a six and celebrated with an improvised version of the ‘notebook celebration’. Kesrick remained unsold in the IPL auction in December 2019 and will have to wait to face the star batsman again.

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Virat Kohli, Image Credit: Twitter.

He is a guy who sets up the game: Kesrick Williams on Virat Kohli

The West Indies quick hailed Virat Kohli for his stern resolve, he said if he decides to beat you, he will make sure he does that. He also told about wanting to dismiss Kohli once again but not being sure what his reaction will be this time.

“If Virat comes out and he decides to beat you today, he will beat you. He is a guy who sets up the game. If he decides he has to score a hundred today, he is going to play cricket like anything. If he decides he has to bat till the end, he will bat till the end,” Kesrick Williams told Times of India in a chat.

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Kesrick Williams. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

“I do not know what I will do next when I ever dismiss Kohli next. One thing I will do next for sure is next time if I will play Kohli, it will be a battle. As soon as he sees me, he is going to be pumped (up). I am going to be pumped (up) as well. Let’s see how it goes next time when we meet,” he said.

Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are talented players: Kesrick Williams

The 30-year-old West Indies pacer also praised Rohit Sharma, who he tells is like a shotgun and makes quick-fire decisions while Kohli implements his decisions in a relaxed and smart way.

“Both Rohit and Virat are really, really talented players. Rohit Sharma is more of a shotgun. He decides I am going to beat you, that’s it. On the other hand, Kohli decides I am going to beat you but I am going to beat you smartly. He is relaxed and works the ball around,” Williams said.

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Virat Kohli will lead RCB in the upcoming IPL 2020 in UAE. In 177 matches for the Bengaluru-based franchise, Virat Kohli has scored 5412 runs, including five centuries. He has been loyal to his side through thick and thin in their 13-year journey in the IPL. RCB have reached the final thrice, under three different captains but the IPL title has never got in their hands.

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Jasprit Bumrah Has The Potential Where James Anderson, Stuart Broad Have Reached: Courtney Walsh

Former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh thinks Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah well has the potential to reach James Anderson’s milestone. Walsh was the first pacer in the history of cricket to get 500 wickets in the longest format of the game. Till the time, he announced retirement — he had an illustrious record of 519 wickets from 132 Tests.

England pacer James Anderson recently achieved the feat of the first pacer to get 600 wickets in Test format. Anderson became the first fast bowler to bag this landmark. He joins the legendary trio of retired spinners; Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).

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Courtney Walsh on James Anderson’s 600 Test wickets haul:

Walsh lauded Anderson on his 600 wickets achievement in Test cricket and adored his hardwork and consistency. He mentioned the England pacer being not as quick as he was before but his skills being better now.

Courtney Walsh stated the reason behind Anderson’s longevity is him finding the right bowling action which takes minimal effort and doesn’t affect his body much.

“It is a fantastic achievement. It is a monumental effort for any fast bowler to play as much as you need to for taking 500 or 600 wickets. It just shows the hard work and dedication that Anderson has put in over the years. He truly deserves every accolade he gets. The fact that he still wants to play and aim for 700 wickets is tremendous. Courtney Walsh told The Times Of India in an interview.

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James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Once you get to know your bowling action, it will help you to survive and play for many years. Anderson is not as quick as he used to be when he was younger, but his skill sets have gotten better. He has more consistency. That is what you need. The smoothness of his action and the minimal effort it takes out of his body have allowed him to prolong his career for so long. He has an action that is not stressful on the body.”

He has the potential to reach where Anderson and Broad have: Courtney Walsh on Jasprit Bumrah

The legendary West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh believes Jasprit Bumrah has the potential to reach to the levels of England stars James and Anderson and Stuard Broad, who have crossed the 600 and 500 wickets mark, respectively in Test cricket.

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Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“He [Jasprit Bumrah] has the potential to reach where Anderson and Broad have. He is a very skilful bowler. He has a funny run-up that people might want to change. But it is what is best for him. If he stays fit, he could make his mark in a big way in all formats. It is just about how hungry he is to achieve success,” said Courtney Walsh on Bumrah.

The Indian pacer has a tough action which strains his back too much and for the same reason, Team India prefer to use him on short bursts. The 26-year-old speedster has only played 14 Test matches for India taking 68 wickets.

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Dhoni's experience will be important for Kohli in the UK. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin

West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Denesh Ramdin has recalled the time when MS Dhoni changed his tactics to help to struggle Virat Kohli regain his form. In the 2014 India tour of England, Virat Kohli was struggling to find form and had just managed to score  134 runs at an average of 13.40 in 5 games.

Denesh Ramdin recalls how MS Dhoni’s strategic change to help Kohli gain his form back magically worked. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world admiring his greatness. The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket.

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‘MS Dhoni’s Change In Tactics Helped Virat Kohli Regain Form’: Recalls Denesh Ramdin

Indian skipper Virat Kohli struggled in 2014 with his form which he regained through MS Dhoni’s tactical changes Denesh Ramdin has revealed. He said Dhoni’s ability to get the best out his players was again proven when he sent Kohli at different positions to bat which helped him in getting his runs back. Ramdin also praised Dhoni for his humble nature on and off the field.

 “I remember one instance when Virat  wasn’t getting any runs, he just came off an England series. We were there for a one-day series and we got Virat out once or two cheaply. He (Dhoni) didn’t drop him. He said look, rather than bat at number three, I’m going to put you at four or five. In one game, he (Kohli) came in at number four or five and scored a century (half century, actually) and that was it. He was back to his normal self”. Denesh Ramdin told in an interview to cricket.com

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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“Sometimes, understanding your players, not discarding them is important. Other teams might have gotten rid of their players, he still backed Virat. I think he’s (Kohli) going to be one of the best batsmen who’s ever played the game. His passion as well for the game and you have to give Dhoni a lot of credit.

Dhoni is a wonderful human being. He always said he wants to be remembered as a humble servant or a great human being and not for all the stuff he did on the cricket field. I think that is important, that says a lot about him,” he signed off.

The Legend of MS Dhoni

MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014. He made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs.

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MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Dhoni carried on playing the other two formats and handled the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.

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‘MS Dhoni Was Not Able To Finish Off Games The Way He Used To Earlier’: RP Singh On What Caused MS Dhoni’s Retirement

Former Indian speedster RP Singh believes MS Dhoni’s retirement was led by him not being able to finish off games like he used to earlier. RP is one of the closest friends of Dhoni in the cricketing fraternity. Recently, MS Dhoni shocked the world by announcing his retirement from international cricket on the 15th of August, after which tributes were showered by people across the world admiring his greatness.

The cricketing world salutes MS Dhoni for the name he made for himself and his country at the biggest stage of the sport of cricket. MS Dhoni played his last game in the Indian colours during the semi-final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Unfortunately, India lost the match and Dhoni scored 50 off 72 balls not being able to finish the game as expected from him.

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MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

 

RP Singh tells MS Dhoni wanted to wait until T20 World Cup before retirement

The former Indian speedster has revealed that Dhoni, being a T20 specialist desired to play at the T20 World which was scheduled for 2020 and later postponed to 2021 due to the pandemic. RP Singh also mentioned MSD not getting many chances to bat for India in the last year.

“Of course, it has. He has been a massive player in T20s so he wanted to wait until the big event. Besides that, age and fitness also contributed to his decision. If you leave aside IPL, he hardly got any opportunity to display his batting for India in ODIs for the last 12-15 months,” Singh told Cricket.com.

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“In the 2019 World Cup, he may have wanted to bat at number 4 but that was not done because of team management and in the lower order, he barely got a chance until the semi-final game. Oddly, he also was not able to finish off games the way he used to earlier. Maybe that also gave him the signal that he was reaching his end and he needed to take a call on his future,” RP Singh added.

RP Singh recalls MS Dhoni’ strategic masterclass

The pacer shared an incident where he first realised Dhoni was a genius. It was in the 2007 world cup final when he kept Joginder Sharma for the death overs and presumably knew he would be effective.

“This incident was during the T20 World Cup final in 2007, regarding Mohammed Hafeez’s dismissal. He (Dhoni) posted a fielder in between the third and fourth slip. I told him that the slip position is not right but he said it’s a floating position. You either have a 3rd slip or 4th slip because a slip fielder rarely jumps and gets the catch. However, MS told me that Hafeez’s release shot was his tendency to play at balls which go away.” Singh recalled.

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MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

“That was the moment when I thought his knowledge was incredible. He knew how to control the game. He never led Bihar or Jharkhand or India A but that hardly mattered. If you talk about the last over of Joginder Sharma, people say it was a fluke but it was in fact a strategic decision. He knew that he would require Sharma in the last five overs. He had that foresight to see what was going to happen.” he added

MSD has astonishing numbers for team India in 538 matches he has scored 17,266 runs, 16 centuries and 108 fifties. The former team India skipper had an early retirement from Test cricket back in 2014. He made 90 appearances in red-ball cricket to score 4876 runs.

Dhoni carried on playing the other two formats and handled the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017. With 10,733 runs, Dhoni is fifth in the list of India’s all-time run-scorers in ODI behind Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.

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