MS DHONI: POST CRICKET WORLD CUP 2019

Players like MS Dhoni are born once in 15-20 years, but characters and personalities like MS Dhoni take birth only once. The legendary MS Dhoni turned 37, last July and going to be 38 during the World Cups. He completed successful 14 years in international cricket, making his debut back in December 2004. The veteran has played 529*(till date) has can’t be questioned about his experience and understanding of the game. But, there are several questions about the retirement of MS Dhoni after world cup 2019, so as to bring in the newer generation of wicket-keepers who have been waiting for very long, as MS never left any questions behind in terms of his wicket-keeping skills. After the 2015 world cup, everyone saw the decline in the graph of MSD in context to his finishing strength and winning games for India in a tough and pressure situation. Soon after this, the questions about his retirement were thrown on him, from everywhere. But in this tough situation, MSD never lost his cool and gave the answers with his bat, to the persons who were keen to see MS sitting on the couch in his home in Ranchi.  

In 2016, MS played 13 ODI matches, averaging just over 27, the total of 10 innings where he managed to hit an only one-half century. This gave enough base for those who want MS in the side anymore and trolled him badly for his poor performance and increasing age. But the year 2017 came with joy for MSD where he played 29 ODI matches with a superb average of 60+. His highest score in 2017 was 134, in the match where Yuvraj Singh made a brilliant 150.

But as we all know that ups and downs are part of everyone’s life, the happened to him also in 2018 he played 20 ODI matches and his average dropped down to 25. But the great part of 2018 for MS was, he lifted the IPL trophy again for CSK and played some wonderful knocks where he showed his hitting power and class. In IPL 2018, he finished at 13thplace in top run-getters where he managed to score 455 runs out of 15 innings, he played with a fantastic strike rate 150+. Then we move to the phase of 2019, where all eyes are on world cups later this year, the former Indian captain, started his year with three back to back half-centuries against Australia and managed to get 327 runs out of 8 innings he played till now. 

But the question lies here, whether he should play after World Cup 2019 or not. MS had already said that if he considers himself as fit and fast enough to run, he will continue his run in the ODIs and T20s. At the same, there are many people who want MS Dhoni, the captain cool to pull off his boots from International Cricket

Anant Singh is Sports Enthusiasts, Blogger, Content writer , Entrepreneur and above all a human being.

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