Mahendra Singh Dhoni quoted as a cricketer who of such kind is only found once in a century by many cricket analysts is facing some serious opinions for and against his retirement from the Indian ODI team. The veteran star has faced the worst form of his life in his entire career since mid 2017 followed by the whole of 2018. As far as the numbers are concerned, MSD’s numbers have been the worst of his entire career in 2018. MS Dhoni has just managed to score 275 runs in 13 ODI innings he has played in 2018. The average is just 25.00 overall in the year and he managed just a highest score of 42*.
These numbers will simply affect any kind of a player at the back of his mind, but not MSD perhaps. The star wicket keeping batsmen showed the critics just what he can manage to do and what he is capable of just in the early days of 2019. MSD has bounced back strongly in the recent ODI’s between India and Australia in Australia. He managed to score 224 runs in just his 3 innings with a mind boggling average of 193. These numbers have clearly stated why he is quoted beside the greatest players of all time in cricketing history. T
THE SELECTORS SAY..
The Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad, in a recent conversation with a leading cricket website quoted saying, ” We have definitely not discussed this, because prior to such a big tournament, I do not think it is wise to get distracted, since all energies are geared up towards preparing well for the World Cup.” This seems to be clear that MSD is not up to any decision as of now and is likely to contribute to the team until the end of world cup. His recent performance against Australia in the ODI series is a boost for his confidence in his batting. As far as his keeping skills are concerned he is as fit and flexible compared to any wicket keeper across the world. MSD’s mind boggling stumping in just 0.099 secs in the T20I series against New Zealand two days ago is a sign of how sharp and cool he is behind the stumps.
With all the numbers aside and with the world cup stage ahead, many opinions have been raised about the Indian cricket team due to the general rotation of senior players and youngsters. MSD been so cautious of the young players and their chances to make it to the team and has not played even for his state team Jharkand, keeping in mind the slot he would be filling up of a youngster. The two time world cup winning captain does not seem to bring curtains down over his career before the 2019 world cup to be held in England later this June. The whole cricketing nation would be surprised though if he comes up with such a surprise as he is a man of his surprises.