Team India captain Virat Kohli’s Twitter post on Thursday, in which he recalled MS Dhoni’s exploits in the T20 World Cup in 2016, led to an avalanche of rumours bearing down on users on various social media platforms.
The rumour mills went into overdrive regarding the possibility of the former Indian skipper calling a press conference soon to announce his retirement.
Dhoni was a part of the Indian squad at the 2019 World Cup and played a vital role in Men in Blue’s run to the semi-final of the showpiece event. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had opted for a two-month-long sabbatical post India’s World Cup exit and has since remained tight-lipped on his future as speculations regarding his retirement continue.
Like many others, now Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand has given his two cents on India’s most successful captain and the debate surrounding his future in international cricket.
Anand believes Dhoni has nothing left to achieve in his illustrious career and the decision to walk away from the game should be his own and not interfered with. Dhoni, who served with his regiment in the Indian Army for a couple of weeks last month, has opted out of the upcoming T20I series against South Africa which gets underway on September 15.
“He (Dhoni) knows what’s the right decision for him. But I think nothing is left behind or on the table for him,” Anand told PTI from Chennai.
“He has a phenomenal fan following. He had achieved everything which he had set out to achieve. He has won India two World Cups (2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup) as captain. He has been a great captain. No one can decide (when to quit) better than him.
“He is obviously in the best position to know what he wants to do. But if he quits, there’s nothing left for him to achieve. He has had a remarkable career,” the five-time world chess champion added.