‘January tak koi nahi puchega’: MS Dhoni breaks silence on his international comeback
Mumbai | Jagran Sports Desk: Wicket-keeper batsman and former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has ended the speculations about his comeback into international cricket.
The veteran wicket-keeper batsman, who was speaking at an event in Mumbai, was asked about his international comeback to which he said don’t ask till January.
“January tak koi nahi puchega (Don't ask till January),” Dhoni said when asked when will he return to the field to end his sabbatical.
The former Indian cricketer also described two of his favourite cricketing memories. He said that the first was the reception he got after winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007 in South Africa while the second was the support team India got during the 2011 World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.
“I want to talk about two moments. First is when we returned to India after the 2007 T20 World Cup. During our open bus trip, we were at Marine drive and all the sides were jam-packed. It was so nice to see the smile that all the people had on their faces at that time,” Dhoni said.
“The second instance is the World Cup 2011 final when 15-20 runs were remaining and the people started chanting 'Vande Matram' in the Wankhede Stadium. So, these two moments are very difficult to replicate and they are very close to my heart,” the veteran wicket-keeper added.
The remarks from Dhoni came after head coach Ravi Shashtri, in an interview, said that Dhoni’s international comeback depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL.
“It all depends on when he starts playing and how he is playing during the IPL. What I would say is rather than speculating on who is where, wait for the IPL to get over and then you are in a position to take a call on who are the best 17 in the country,” he had said.
Dhoni, 38, is currently enjoying some time away from the game and he last played competitive cricket during the World Cup.
He had to endure criticism for his slow batting approach during India's matches in the tournament. Especially in the games against England and New Zealand (semi-final), he had to bear the brunt of netizens who deemed him as the reason for the Men in Blue's loss.
(With ANI inputs)
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