Reports: MS Dhoni unlikely to be picked for India again; officials in BCCI want him to retire

At 38 years of age, it is unlikely that Dhoni will play another World Cup. The cricketing fraternity was expecting the Indian to retire after the event in 2019, but the BCCI has not been informed of Dhoni's future. They, however, are unlikely to select him again.
Reports: MS Dhoni unlikely to be picked for India again; officials in BCCI want him to retireReports: MS Dhoni unlikely to be picked for India again; officials in BCCI want him to retire
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It was expected that MS Dhoni would announce his retirement after the World Cup 2019, but the former skipper has kept fans on tenterhooks regarding his future. Dhoni was heavily criticised during the edition for his slow knocks and his waning reflexes, which even forced former players to come out and state that Dhoni should hang up his boots. 

Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar had mentioned earlier that the decision to retire is purely the cricketer's, but suggested that he should quit before the cricketing fraternity mocks him for being too selfish. At 38 years, it is unlikely that the wicket-keeper will play till the 2023 World Cup, and it is the right time to move on and allow yougsters to make the spot their own. 

Now reports have emerged, that if Dhoni does not announce his retirement soon, the chief selector MSK Prasad will have a few words with the cricketer, where he would explain that Dhoni is not in the scheme of things as far as Indian cricket is concerned anymore. 

A source told TOI, “We’re surprised that he’s not done it so far. There are youngsters like Rishabh Pant waiting to grab their chances. As we saw in the World Cup, Dhoni isn’t the same batsman anymore. Despite coming in at No. 6 or 7, he was struggling to force the pace, and it was hurting the team.”

“I don’t think he’s in the selectors’ plan for the 2020 T20 World Cup too. He must quit international cricket gracefully. He isn’t an automatic pick any more.”

Dhoni had not even informed the BCCi about his future plans before the World Cup.  

“We didn’t want to distract him, and he too must have wanted the team, and himself, to be focused on the Cup. But the time to take a call is now. He has nothing left to achieve or prove in international cricket anymore. I’m certain that Dhoni is not going to be picked for India again. It’s high time he calls it a day."

Dhoni has amassed 10,773 runs in ODI cricket at an average of over 50, but his inability to finish off games in the recent past has been criticized. It, then, should not be a surprise, if these are his final career stats.

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