MS Dhoni has no plans to retire immediately, says longtime friend

MS Dhoni is already 38 years of age and it is unlikely that he will play on till the 2023 World Cup. Fans and former players want him to hang up his boots so that younger players get a chance to prove their mettle
MS Dhoni has no plans to retire immediately, says longtime friendMS Dhoni has no plans to retire immediately, says longtime friend
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MS Dhoni has no immediate plans to retire despite speculations of his future, says his long time friend and business parner Arun Pandey. Rumours about his retirement started doing the rounds after India's semi-final loss to New Zealand in the World Cup 2019, and it was reported that he could make way for younger legs. 

However, his friend has rubbished such talks and stated, "He has no immediate plans to retire. The constant speculation over the future of a great player like him is unfortunate."

Pandey's comments come ahead of India's squad selection for the tour to Windies on Sunday. Sources within the BCCI had earlier commented that Dhoni is not the scheme of things anymore, and that he should retire before he starts getting mocked for overstaying in his career. 

Dhoni is already 38 years of age, and will not be a part of the World Cup in 2023 that will be staged in India. This seems the perfect time for him to make way for youngsters like Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan and Sanju Samson, so that they can find their feet and make an impact in the batting line-up. 

The wicket-keeper's last international innings of 50 ened in heartbreak for the nation as he was run out in the semis, which ended India's hopes of a win against New Zealand. Reduced to 24 for 4, the Men in Blue were strugging before his efforts and Ravindra Jadeja's quickfire 77 in 59 balls helped India near the target of 240. They eventually fell short by 18 runs.

The man from Ranchi has thus far played 350 ODIs, scoring 10773 runs. He had retired from Tests in 2015 after playing 90 games and scoring 4876 runs.

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