The rumors of Dhoni’s retirement have been doing rounds for a long time.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s central contracts list for players does not include the name of MS Dhoni.
The ace cricketer has not played for the country since the Cricket World Cup semi-final last year.
Dhoni bid adieu to Test cricket in 2014. In 2017, he stepped down as the limited-overs formats team captain of India.
Last year, Dhoni was in Grade A in the central contracts list. Since he has been on a sabbatical post the World Cup semi-final, he was not included in the 27-member list for the ‘October 2019 to September 2020’ period.
The player has not yet publicly made any comment about his future in the game.
Sunil Gavaskar, the former India captain said “I can’t tell you anything about fitness. But I think the question that needs to be asked is of MSD himself.”
“He has not made himself available to play for India since July 10. That is an important point. Does anyone keep himself away from playing for India for that long? That is the question and therein lies the answer,” he added.
Speaking to India Today, former cricketer Madan Lal said: “I think he has been left out of the contracts list because he did not play in the last 6 or 7 months.”
It is becoming more and more unlikely for Dhoni to participate in the T20 World Cup which is to be held later this year.
Other players who lost out on their central contracts are Khaleel Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, and Ambati Rayudu.
Is this the end of MS Dhoni’s career? What do you think?