MS Dhoni to retire from International Cricket after the World Cup?

Reports suggest that the Indian legend MS Dhoni might retire from all formats of International cricket after Team India complete their 2019 Cricket World Cup journey.

reports suggest MS Dhoni might retire from international Cricket after the world cup; 
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Speculation on former Indian Captain, MS Dhoni's retirement news began to grow after media reports suggested that the legendary wicketkeeper and the former India captain might retire after India's last match in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

However, reporters from India Today who are in England have confirmed that this is only speculation and there is no official word from the BCCI or the players on MS Dhoni's retirement. 

"If India qualifies for the finals and go on to win the World Cup on July 14 at the Lord's, it would be an ideal setting for a fitting farewell to one of the legends of Indian cricket," a PTI report said on Wednesday.

"You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will be continuing to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from all the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment," said by a senior BCCI official. 

The PTI reports also said that there was no word on Dhoni's retirement from either the team management or BCCI.

"However, with Team India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to discuss this sensitive issue," the PTI report stated.  As these kinds of discussions might affect the players' state of mind ahead of the semi-finals.

Dhoni, who had retired from the Test cricket in 2014 and stepped down as India's limited-overs captain in January 2017 has since been an integral part of India's shorter formats teams.

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In the ongoing World Cup, the 37-year-old middle-order batsman scored 223 runs in seven matches at a strike rate of 93. However, the veteran has been criticised widely for his inability to strike hard when the team needed and rotating the strike– the two qualities that had once made him as one of the world’s most dangerous batsman, particularly in the limited-over formats.

Here is what the PTI story further added: "With the likes of Sourav Ganguly and  Sachin Tendulkar also being critical of Dhoni's approach, the team management knows only too well that they can't carry their "beloved captain" beyond the World Cup.

"His on-field presence is still immense as every player who has appeared for media interactions has pointed out".

"The team management had to take a call in 2017 after the Champions Trophy about Dhoni's retirement. They have decided that they will invest another two years in Dhoni till the 2019 World Cup. India has reached the semi-finals despite his lukewarm performances so he has been carefully shielded," PTI stated a former Indian player as saying. 

"No one can ask him to retire but obviously he has got the drift post World Cup, things won't be the same," he further added.

With this speculation, the fans in India have shared their sentiments on social media. Here are a few of those:

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