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. While the world continues to dwell on his retirement, Harbhajan Singh, who has seen MS Dhoni from close quarters weighed in on the debate.
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.
MS Dhoni has played his last international game: Harbhajan Singh
However, with IPL postponed for an indefinite period due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, MS Dhoni’s comeback to international cricket looks gloomy. And veteran India off-spinner also spoke on the same lines. While Harbhajan Singh believes MS Dhoni will play in the IPL, it is unlikely that he will return to international cricket.
“I was at the Chennai (Super Kings) camp, and a lot of people asked me, “Is Dhoni going to play? Will he be selected at the [T20] World Cup?” I said, “I don’t know, it’s up to him”. Whether he wants to play or not, it’s his decision,” Harbhajan told Rohit Sharma in an Instagram chat.
“He will 100% play the IPL, but does he want to play for India anymore, that’s the first thing we need to find out. Does he feel like it or not? As far as I know, he doesn’t want to. Usne khel liya hain India ke liye (he’s done playing for India), and as far as I know him, I don’t think he would want to wear the blue jersey again,” he added.
Rohit Sharma also expressed that the team members have no update on the future of MS Dhoni. It will be interesting to see how the story unfolds in the coming days.