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Dhoni Retirement: R Sridhar disclosed Dhoni-Pant conversation from WC 2019

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Former Indian fielding coach R Sridhar disclosed Dhoni-Pant conversation and how Dhoni had made up his mind on his international retirement during the World Cup 2019.

Sridhar wrote in his book, ‘Coaching Beyond- My days with the Indian cricket team’,

“I can now reveal that at the time of the interview with the BCCI, which I attended from Antigua, I was reasonably certain that for all practical purposes, MS had played his last match for the country. He hadn’t announced it, of course, but I will tell you why I knew. On the morning of the reserve day in our World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in Manchester, I was the first person at the breakfast hall. I was nursing my coffee when MS and Rishabh walked in, picked up their stuff, and joined me at my table.”

He further wrote how Dhoni hinted at his retirement,

“New Zealand had only a couple of overs to bat out and, we’d start our innings thereafter, so the match would end reasonably early. Rishabh told MS in Hindi, ‘Bhaiyya, some of the guys are planning to leave for London today itself privately. Would you be interested?’ MS replied, ‘No, Rishabh, I don’t want to miss my last bus drive with the team.”

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Sridhar was a left-arm spinner who played for Hyderabad in the late 1990s. He served as team India’s fielding coach from 2014 to 2021. Sridhar disclosed the conversation between Dhoni and Rishabh Pant during the reserve day of India’s World Cup semifinals against New Zealand. Moreover, MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on August 15, 2020, after playing 90 Tests, 350 ODIs, and 98 T20s for India.


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