When MS Dhoni took the match ball from the umpire at the end of the final ODI against England, a rumour started circulating about the possibility of Dhoni retiring from cricket.
When Dhoni had retired from Test cricket right in the middle of the series in Australia, he had taken a stump with him as a souvenir.
Twitter was ablaze with rumours about Dhoni taking the ball with him as it was his last game in an Indian shirt. For die hard Dhoni fans, it was a painful wait of more than 24 hours, wherein no official confirmation about the incident was made by any of the Indian team management members.
However, today morning. Ravi Shastri rubbished all the MS Dhoni retirement rumours and confirmed that he had taken the ball from the umpires just to show the bowling coach the amount of wear and tear that the ball had endured during the innings.
“That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere.” Shastri said.
“MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like,” he added.
MS Dhoni has been subject to a lot of criticism because of his innings in Lord’s and Leeds wherein he just couldn’t take the attack to the spinners and was finding it difficult to even rotate strike.
Critics have asked MS to take a step back and reassess the situation and work on this aspect of the game. Kohli has also been encouraged to speak to MS and use him in a position that he feels is best for him and the team.