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‘I think he’s happily played his last game for India’: Ashish Nehra weighs in on MS Dhoni’s future

Nothing concrete is but to come back out of MS Dhoni’s sabbatical from the Indian group but when his long-time India and Chennai Super Kings teammate Ashish Nehra is to be believed, the previous India captain might have played his last game for the nation. Dhoni has not played any type of cricket in over a yr, his last game being the semifinal of the 2019 World Cup between India and New Zealand.

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Speculations concerning Dhoni’s future proceed to develop. It is believed that Dhoni might get one last run with the Indian group, likely for the T20 World Cup subsequent yr, offered he has a superb season with CSK in the IPL 2020. Nehra, nevertheless, reckons Dhoni’s India and IPL careers aren’t immediately proportional and that we might nicely have seen the last of Dhoni in India colors.

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“As far as MS Dhoni’s international carrier I don’t think this IPL has anything to do with it. If you’re a selector, you’re a captain, you’re a coach and MS Dhoni the most important thing if he is ready to play like he will be my number one name on the list. As much as I know MS Dhoni, I think he has played his last game for India happily,” Nehra said on the Cricket Connected Show on Star Sports.

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Despite former India all-rounder Roger Binny claiming that Dhoni has ‘lost a bit of fitness’ and that he’s ‘past his best’, Nehra, who played his last ODI below Dhoni – the semifinal of the 2011 World Cup towards Pakistan in Mohali – is satisfied that the previous India skipper has not misplaced a beat, citing his combating half-century towards New Zealand that just about acquired India house. With rising hypothesis, Nehra expects Dhoni to take a name concerning his future – no matter no matter it could be – quickly.

“MS Dhoni has nothing to prove. And we all discuss these things as media people you can say and everybody because he has not announced his retirement, so that’s where maybe I think he will take a call and only he can tell what’s in his mind. For me, MS Dhoni’s game never came down. We have discussed this earlier as well, that in the last game that he played, India had hope to reach the World Cup final till the time MS Dhoni was there and the minute he got run out everybody lost hope,” Nehra stated.

“So, it shows where his game was even at that time. He knows how to run the team, he knows how to push youngsters forward and all these things I don’t need to repeat again and again but I don’t think this IPL makes any difference in MS Dhoni’s stature or his aura as a player. I don’t think a tournament like the IPL should be MS Dhoni’s selection criteria, it’s probably just a talking point.”


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