Amidst those media stunts by journalist on Dhoni's retirement, several players have backed up the Captains foothold in the team until the next World Cup in 2019. The player had to pass through many incidences and awkward questions on his retirements in press meets. However, he is always successful to tackle the situation aptly, both on and off the field. Lately, the captain cool came into limelight for an interesting jibe at a sports journalist questioning him on his retirement. That was his reply off the field. In the recently concluded India New Zealand series, he gave out a befitting reply from the field.
Dhoni is so far, the most successful captain in ODI history of India. A close aide of the player is reported to have said that the ODI captain is already busy on creating strategies for World Cup 2019 in England. It is also reported that Dhoni will take a stand on his retirement after the Champions Trophy in June 2017. Dhoni will also let the selectors panel to assess his form and fitness by the end of this year. Dhoni seem to have retired from Test in 2014 only to extent his career in ODI and T20.
There are many players backing Dhoni to play World Cup 2019. As per Ashish Nehra, age is not a factor for cricketers these days. He pointed out the likes of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq, who are playing international cricket even after passing the 40s mark. He said that Dhoni will be 38 by 2019 and his is fit enough to be deliver a better cricket. The ex-cricketer does not see any reason for retirement for Dhoni after the New Zealand tournament. He argued that the player would get two months to prepare for the ODI against England and will come up "fitter in the series."
Another supporter of Dhoni is Vikram Rathore, the former selector of Team India. He said that Dhoni can play if he himself wants to. Rathore does not see any fitness issue in the player and added that he looked fitter than earlier. He said that Nehra came back at 37 and so can Dhoni play till 38. He said that age is just a number and players cannot be judged per their ages. Ravi Shastri, the former team director aligned Dhoni with players like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. He said that Dhoni is a kind of player who would not be around if he cannot deliver anything.
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