Many people have tried to guess when Dhoni would finally hang up his boots for good. The legendary wicket keeper has been playing for almost 13 years now, and is currently in the last stretch of this incredible journey.
You get the feeling that Dhoni is someone who would want leave the spotlight discreetly and unperturbed by anyone. His sudden exit from test matches was a case in point, as no one had seen it coming.
There was feeling among many fans that the 2016 T20 World Cup could become Dhoni’s swansong. After all, he attained legendary status after leading India to their maiden T20 world cup triumph in 2007.
Another world cup win, this time at home would have made the perfect ending. But India’s semi final loss to West Indies put an end to any grand finale.
During the post match conference, Dhoni hinted that he may continue till the 2019 world cup, something that most people frowned upon.
While everyone would love to see Dhoni leave on a high, his performances in 2016 were a cause for concern. He was far below his usual self, as the Ranchi man hardly ever contributed to the side.
But he has roared back in typical fashion this time around, as Dhoni has had a very good 2017 so far. His innings against Australia was a perfect example.
He walked in after India had lost Sharma, Kohli, Rahane and Pandey and were looking at a total below 200. But Dhoni batted through the innings and along with Jadhav and Pandya, guided India to 281.
Another special moment in the match was Dhoni’s entry into the Chepauk Stadium. The adopted son of Chennai, Dhoni’s legendary exploits as the CSK captain have given him a reverential status in the city.
The BCCI decided to share his entry as well, giving him the nickname ‘The King’.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 17, 2017