Ravi Shastri says MS Dhoni may retire from ODIs: Former India skipper MS Dhoni might announce his retirement from ODI cricket in the near future while he can feature in T20Is, reports quoting India head coach Ravi Shastri said. The 57-year-old coach, who has played 80 Test and 150 matches for India, made these comments in an interview with a national news channel.
Shastri said that Dhoni would continue to entertain fans in the shortest format of the game as his age allows him to do so. Shastri also said that the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman would continue to play Indian Premier League. Dhoni has represented the Men in Blue across the formats and bid adieu to the red-ball cricket in December 2014.
Shastri had earlier said that he would see the performance of Dhoni in the next edition of the IPL. The IPL 2020 will start from March 29 and May 25 with 10 teams in action. Dhoni has not been in action since July 10, 2019, when he played against New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final.
After India’s World Cupp exit, Dhoni had faced strong criticism for a slow strike rate. He had scored 50 runs off 72 balls in the semi-final. The Kiwis won the match by 17 runs. It was Virat Kohli-led team’s only loss in the tournament.
The Jharkhand cricketer made his ODI debut against Bangladesh in 2004 and Test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in 2005. He played his first T20I match against South Africa in 2006. He has played 90, 350 and 98 Tests, ODIs and T20Is, respectively. Dhoni has scored 4876, 10773 and 1617 runs in the longest format, ODI and T20I games, respectively.
- Under Dhoni’s leadership, India won the 2011 World Cup, T20 World Cup 2007 and 2013 Champions Trophy.
- Dhoni was named ICC Player of the Year twice in 2008 and 2009.
- Dhoni was conferred with the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the Indian Territorial Army in 2011.
- In 2007, Dhoni received the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award.