Bharat Ratna recipient and a singing maestro Lata Mangeshkar has asked MS Dhoni not to retire from international cricket after India crashed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 as they lost to New Zealand in the semi-final on July 10.
After India’s semi-final defeat to New Zealand believed that it is his last international innings. However, Lata Mangeshkar requested him not to hang his boots, as India still needs him.
“Namaskar MS Dhoni ji. Aaj Kal main sun rahi hun ke Aap retire hona chahte hain. Kripaya aap aisa mat sochiye. Desh ko aap ke khel ki zaroorat hai aur ye meri bhi request hai ki Retirement ka vichar bhi aap mann mein mat laayiye.@msdhoni” (I am hearing that you want to retire. Please don’t think like that. The country needs you. I request you to not entertain thoughts of retirement.),” tweeted the 89-year-old singer.
There have been many speculations around Dhoni’s retirement in recent times and it is also believed this World Cup would be his last World Cup.
When asked about Dhoni’s retirement, skipper Kohli said, “MS Dhoni has not told us anything about retirement” Dhoni scored 50 of 72 balls during India’s 18-runs semi-final loss to New Zealand and probably in his last World Cup match.
Chasing 240 on a sluggish track India had a horrible start and were reduced to 92/6 when Dhoni along with Jadeja launched India’s unsuccessful fight back.
These two shared 116 runs stand for the seventh wicket, to reduce the equation to 25 needed in 10 balls in the end. But Guptill’s sensational throw proved out to be fatal for Men in Blue.
(With Inputs from The Indian Express)