Fans on social media went in panic mode early on Tuesday morning as #DhoniRetires started to trend on Twitter despite there being no news on MS Dhoni’s retirement or his future plans.
People started discussing Dhoni’s achievements and records as a batsman and wicketkeeper with some even asking him to carry on playing for the country.
Rumors about the 38-year-old’s retirement have been doing the rounds ever since he took a break from international cricket after India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
Rohit Sharma, India skipper for the three-match T20I series against Bangladesh, is the latest to speak out on Dhoni’s retirement plans.
Rohit, who was answering to the reporters’ questions in Delhi, on Thursday, said such talks originate from outside the dressing room as the Men in Blue hasn’t come across any such news.
“We don’t hear anything about these things. You guys make these things up,” he said.
Rohit also backed BCCI’s decision to host the first T20I in Delhi as per the schedule, shunning the questions raised by environmentalists and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir.
“I have just landed and haven’t had time to assess. As far as I know, the game is to be played on November 3 and will be played,” said the 32-year-old.
Referring to the 2017 match in Delhi where Sri Lankan players wore face masks during the third Test and play was halted for 20 minutes for haze, Rohit said, “We didn’t have any problem when we played the Test match here (against Sri Lanka). We are not aware of the exact discussion and I haven’t had any problem.”
Gambhir on Wednesday said that pollution is a bigger concern than a cricket match, as “people living in Delhi should be more concerned about the pollution levels.”