"MS Dhoni won't give up until World Cup 2019," says close friend Arun Pandey

MS Dhoni was recently dropped from the Indian T20I squad against West Indies and Australia.

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MS Dhoni is eyeing the ICC World Cup 2019 set to be played in England to be his swansong. The former Indian cricket team captain has a dream to play in the World Cup 2019, revealed his manager and close friend Arun Pandey.

Dhoni was recently dropped from the T20I squad of India and that left everyone with a question mark on Indian wicket-keeper batsman's chances for World Cup. But the 37-year-old doesn't want to give up before the World Cup. 

“It’s been a long cherished dream of Dhoni — since he gave up the captaincy in white ball cricket — to play in the World Cup next year where he would be more as a mentor to the team. His idea was to give Kohli time to develop in this role and there is still no change in his thinking,” Pandey told Gulf News.

There were rumors of Dhoni hanging up his boots from international cricket and joining Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). But Pandey completely snubbed the news and said, “It’s completely a conjecture."

Dhoni, however, is known for throwing surprises. Back in 2014, no one has seen his retirement from the red-ball cricket coming. But he stepped down in middle of the Australia tour. But the same case is not expected in the One Day International cricket. As he is focused on the upcoming World Cup.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli had opened up on Dhoni's decline in form. The power he used to possess in past has waned and he isn't the same player now. 

“He’s (Dhoni) still a very integral part of this team and he just feels that in the T20 format, someone like Rishabh can get more chances,” Kohli said. 


By Sihyeu Singh - 14 Nov, 2018

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