The retirement speculation of the former India skipper MS Dhoni has been the talk of the town for quite some time now. He has been on a sabbatical since India’s lost to New Zealand in the rain-marred semifinal of the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.
Incidentally, the legendary wicket-keeper batsman copped severe criticisms for his below-par performances throughout the tournament. His poor outing with the bat also took a toll on his confidence which in turn affected in wicket-keeping. MS Dhoni was mulling a return during the Indian Premier League (IPL) and had already started his training at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.
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However, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the tournament has been postponed for an indefinite period which was scheduled to commence from March 29. With the future of the competition in jeopardy, Dhoni’s international return was all but over. But as it looks now, MS Dhoni is yet to give up on his career.
The 38-year-old cricketer from Jharkhand is eyeing to play the domestic T20 competition – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy later this year. The domestic competition will take place between December and January and Dhoni wants to be in perfect shape before the next edition of the Indian Premier League.
“Dhoni has been training in the JSCA international complex now and then and has been in touch with JSCA officials. He has expressed his interest to play Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy next year, even JSCA put forward the proposal to him,” a report in Sportskeeda suggested.
“He has always expressed his interest in giving back to state cricket. He will take a decision post lockdown about this, there is no hurry either. He wants to be match ready for the IPL, and will use the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as practice,” it added.
MS Dhoni has not played domestic cricket for long and his return for the state side will be a massive booster for Jharkhand. He will also work with the youngsters in close quarters helping them groom for the future.