New Delhi: Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has finally ended all the speculations about his retirement by saying that he plans to play the next World Cup.
While speaking at a promotional event in Delhi, MS Dhoni said that there is no plan to retire anytime soon as he is fit enough to feature in the 2019 ICC World Cup. There were rumours that Dhoni, who has already retired from Test cricket may also hang up his boots from the limited overs format after this year’s ICC Champions Trophy.
He said that leading Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy was a good experience for him and now he feels refreshed. However, he cleared that his aim of featuring in the next World Cup would only be achieved if he stays fit and is not injured. Since the marquee event is still two years away, it is tough to give a confirmation. He said, “Nothing is possible 100% because two years is a long time. The Indian team has such a high schedule that after a while you start feeling like a vintage car. So, you have to take care of your body.”
The talks about Dhoni’s retirement began earlier this year when he gave up the captaincy of the Indian side before the start of the ODI series against England. Back then Dhoni said Virat Kohli is now ready to take the responsibility and it will also him to take more responsibility as a batsman. Proving his words right, Dhoni rolled back the years with Yuvraj Singh as both the batsmen scored exceptional centuries in the second match of the series.
In the same tour, Dhoni scored his maiden T20I fifty as well. He later led Jharkhand to the semi-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy and now will be seen playing in the Indian Premier League for the Rising Pune SuperGiants. He will be playing under the leadership of Australian captain Steve Smith. The 10th edition of IPL begins on 5th April and the final will be played on 21st May.