Twitter is abuzz with speculation that MS Dhoni might be bidding adieu to international cricket, thanks to a video of him asking for the match ball after the Leeds One Day International went viral.
The video shows Dhoni, accompanied by Virat Kohli, calmly asking for the match ball from the umpire. It wasn’t immediately known why he wanted the ball, but quite a number of cricket fans seem to think that Dhoni’s days on the international cricketing circuit are numbered.
Check out a few tweets below:
Dhoni fans in full force trying to justify his play today. He has been on the decline for past several years.. he was the one who dropped harbhajan and Sehwag for being old and slow.. come on @msdhoni retire with dignity..
— Darshan Savla (@darshansavla) July 14, 2018
— Bhupesh Dave (@Bhupesh_live) July 18, 2018
Dhoni has asked for a ball from umpires does it mean is he going to retire??????
— shivuvirat (@shivuvirat) July 17, 2018
I think #Dhoni has achieved enough that he can retire now, 10k runs, so many dismissals, he’s irreplaceable but….he’s slowing down…hard..he might have a comeback innings someday, but thats not gonna be consistent..taking time only has value if it pays off at the end.
— Aditya Chakraborty (@aditya404c) July 17, 2018
Dhoni’s performance at the Leeds ODI has been criticised by cricket fans who wasn’t happy with his go-slow approach when India was tasked with chasing 323 runs. Frustrated fans booed him when he became the fourth Indian to cross the 10,000-run mark in ODIs. Dhoni has joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Brian Lara and Sanath Jayasuriya on the list of cricketers who have crossed the 10,000 mark.