Former India captain MS Dhoni has not played for India ever since the Men in Blue lost the semi-final of the ICC World Cup against New Zealand at Old Trafford by 18 runs. The entire cricketing fraternity kept guessing about his retirement but it is yet to come. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has not featured in the two series that India have played after the showpiece event and nobody is really sure about what the plans are for the times ahead.
While the world is spending sleepless nights over Dhoni’s future plans, the cricketer himself seems to be carefree. He has been spotted trying his hands in various sports during his break from international cricket and was recently seen playing billiards along with Baharagora MLA Kunal Sarangi at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA).
Dhoni went for military training when India toured the West Indies after the World Cup and has also opted out from the South Africa series at home. He will also not be there for the Bangladesh series that follows. He is expected to return to action only in the limited-overs series against the West Indies in December.
At the JSCA, MS Dhoni also met the board’s one of the oldest pitch curators Basu Da and posed for pictures with him. Basu Da has seen the likes of Dhoni, Varun Aaron and others from the state to go on to play for the country. Speaking to Republic TV, Sarangi said he shares a strong bond with Basu Da who lives in the MLA’s constituency. He was also present during the photo session with Dhoni and Basu Da.
ख़राब मौसम के कारण कुछ कार्यक्रम रद्द और मिल हए फुर्सत के पल और वो भी मेरी सबसे मनपसंद जगह अपने #JSCA स्टेडियम में और एक तस्वीर हम सबके सुपर हीरो – #बासु दा के साथ जो JSCA मैदान के क्यूरेटर हैं और मेरे #बहरागोडाविधानसभा क्षेत्र के #बारसती गाँव के ही निवासी हैं।#Ranchi #Rains pic.twitter.com/6n9fGP2IVI
— Kunal Sarangi 🇮🇳 (@KunalSarangi) September 26, 2019
Gambhir’s opinion on Dhoni
Former India opener Gautam Gambhir recently criticised MS Dhoni for “picking and choosing series” and advised the selectors to speak to him over his future plans. “Selectors should speak to him about his future plans,” Gambhir said on the sidelines of an event in Delhi.
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