- Dhoni wanted to retire in media reports, but captain Kohli persuaded him
- Some players from Chennai Super Kings had information about Dhoni's retirement decision
Jul 25, 2019, 06:41 PM IST
Sports desk After losing to New Zealand in the World Cup Cricket 2019 semi-final, speculation was being made that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would return to India and announce his retirement. but that did not happen. Now some media reports claim that Dhoni wanted to retire, but Virat Kohli celebrated him for not doing so. Kohli wants that Team India and young players still need to learn a lot from Mahi. Dhoni is not part of Team India in the upcoming West Indies tour. At present, he is stationed in Kashmir with his Army unit.
Meeting between MSK Prasad and Dhoni
In media reports, Team India sources said that Dhoni had decided that he would say goodbye to international cricket after the World Cup. Mahi also gave information to some fellow players about this plan. Dhoni is the captain of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. That is why, some players of CSK also knew the intention of Dhoni. According to the reports, Chief Selector MSK There was a meeting between Prasad and Dhoni. In this, Prasad had told Dhoni that the selection committee is now watching Rishabh Pant as the chief wicketkeeper.
Kohli wants guidance for Pant
It has been further said in the reports that when Captain Kohli got the information about these things, he immediately spoke to Mahi. Kohli told Dhoni that he should not think of retirement so early. Virat told Dhoni that his fitness is so good that there is no question of thinking about it. Kohli also told Mahi that the team is now undergoing a change. Rishabh Pant needs improvement even in the game, so you guide him.
According to these reports, Virat feels that when Dhoni does not have any fitness issue, then he will definitely play for the T20 World Cup. The selectors do not want to be kept in another wicket-keeper team other than Pant. But, if Pant ever fails, an experienced wicket-keeper and batsman should be in their place. Pant will also get a lot of opportunity to learn from them. Besides Pant, Ishaan Kishan, Sanju Samson and Riddhimaan Saha can also take advantage of Dhoni's experience.