Most people agree that MS Dhoni is one of the best limited overs captains in the history of cricket. The former Indian wicket-keeper batsman was the first man to win all ICC trophies while leading the Indian team as he led the team to victory in the first T20 World Cup in 2007 and the ODI World Cup in 2011 as well as the Champions Trophy. in 2013.
During his leadership tenure in Test cricket, he won the ICC Test Mess twice. Dhoni’s last international game was the semi-final match against New Zealand in the 2019 ODI World Cup as he decided to hang up his boots in August 2020. Retired from international cricket in 2020.
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Former India fielding coach R Sridhar recalled a recent incident when MS Dhoni actually indicated that he had played his last match for India in a conversation with Rishabh Pant, which would have made Dhoni the team’s regular wicket-keeper. Used to follow as a batsman. Sridhar revealed a conversation that both the wicket-keepers had on the Reserve Day of India’s game against the Kiwis.
As quoted by India Today, R Sridhar said, “I can now disclose that at the time of the interview to the BCCI, which I attended from Antigua, I was reasonably certain that for all practical purposes, MS had Last match played for the country. On the morning of Reserve Day in our World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester, I was the first person in the breakfast hall. I was having my coffee when MS and Rishabh walked in, picked up my luggage and set my table But be with me.
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R Sridhar revealed how Dhoni hinted that the game against New Zealand was his last but kept it to himself and didn’t talk about it to anyone. In his book, he said that he did not let anyone know about this out of ‘sheer respect’ for the great cricketer. In the match against New Zealand, Dhoni scored 50 runs in 72 balls and was run out.
“New Zealand had only a few overs to bat and we would start our innings after that, so the match would be over quickly,” the former fielding coach recalled. Rishabh told MS in Hindi, ‘Brother, some boys. Planning to go to London alone today. Would you be interested?’ MS replied, ‘No, Rishabh, I don’t want to miss my last bus drive with the team.’
He further added, “I didn’t say a word to anyone about this conversation, because I had great respect for that person. He took me into confidence. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. So, I told Ravi, Arun , Didn’t even say a word to his wife.