MS Dhoni raised retirement questions after an otherwise inoccous act following the defeat to England in third ODI at Leeds.
India’s ODI series against England ended with an eight wicket defeat at Headingley in Leeds. The comfortable win for England, helped by Eoin Morgan and Joe Root, ended India’s winning run in bilateral ODI series going back to 2016. With that, it snapped India’s unbeaten streak of nine ODI series and resulted in Kohli losing his first 50-over series as captain. But, beyond the current skipper, it is an inoccuous act by a former skipper that raised eyebrows following the third ODI.
As the teams walked back to the dressing room, MS Dhoni was spotted taking the match ball from the umpires which is likely to have created retirement doubts in the minds of the fans. It is worth reminding that when MS Dhoni played his last Test match, against Australia in 2014, he had taken the stumps with him despite the match ending in a draw.
The video of the incident has gone viral on social media and created quite a buzz. He has come under criticism repeatedly off late for his slow innings and his match-winning exploits of the past not as frequent anymore. During his laboured knock of 37 runs in the second ODI against England at Lord’s he was booed by the fans but Virat Kohli and assistant coach Sanjay Bangar had come to his defence. Even in the series decider, Dhoni scored 42 runs but played too many dot balls against the spinners with the surface assisting the spin.
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Dhoni’s knock of 42 from 66 balls with four fours came at a strike rate of 63.64 which annoyed many India fans as India finished at 256/8 – a total Kohli acknowledged was “25-30 runs short”. The veteran was eventually dismissed caught behind to Jos Buttler off the bowling of David Willey.
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