He may have kept everyone guessing whether he’s going to announce his retirement or not, but there’s a strong indication that Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s days as an India player may be over.
There is a feeling amongst those who matter in Indian cricket that the 38-year-old must now make way for others. Dhoni’s batting down the order at the World Cup triggered heated debate, particularly his unbeaten 42 off 31 balls against England at Edgbaston, where he seemed to have abandoned the chase well before the end and only hit out in the last over, when the match was already lost.
According to reliable sources, chief selector MSK Prasad will speak to Dhoni soon, if he hasn’t already, and convey to the legend that his time to exit may have come.
“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,” said a well-placed source in the board.