Dhoni hints at Test retirement by 2013

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  1. Daredevil

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    Dhoni hints at Test retirement by 2013

    Perth: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Thursday made a surprise revelation that he may retire from Test cricket if he is to play in the 2015 cricket World Cup.

    "If I have to see through the 2015 (World Cup), I would have to retire from one of the formats," Dhoni told mediapersons here.


    Dhoni, who has played in 66 Tests so far and won 17 of the 36 matches in which he has skippered, almost casually mentioned it which took everyone by surprise at the press conference.

    Thursday's disclosure by Dhoni seems to convey what he feels about his future in the game if read together with what he had said earlier that he will decide by 2013 whether to play in 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    The 30-year-old Dhoni is more and more being acknowledged as a really good captain in one-day cricket and a very effective batsman in the limited-overs format.

    In the Tests, on the other hand, his team seems to have lost the knack of winning abroad in testing conditions and his batting, against lifting and seaming deliveries, look completely out of sorts.

    Dhoni had earlier been quoted in the media that he will decide by 2013 if he will play in 2015 World Cup.

    "What I really meant is by 2013 I would have to see where I stand as to my body. Whether I will be able to survive till the 2015 World Cup," he had said in the media.

    "Of course form is a big factor but also what I need to say is that all of a sudden in 2014 if I feel I can't survive the 2015 World Cup and there comes a new wicketkeeper who has played just 30 ODIs, it's not fair.

    "At 2013 end, I have to decide if fit enough to proceed in one of the format. It's not for personal but for country and for the individual who is taking my position. He should have played 70-80 ODIs before he goes in World Cup. That's my personal thinking," he had said.
     
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    I say, good riddance. He is definitely not a test match material neither as a keeper nor as a batsmen. Even his test captaincy skills are under question what with him loosing 6 tests on a trot in away matches. I think he got complacent after India won World cup under his captaincy. He is saturated with success of world cup and IPL and therefore right time to axe him as a captain from Tests.
     
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    I only wish some others have been in the team for decades to make their individual world records should learn from him.
     
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    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Shows how disgusted a player can be on Cricket politics!

    It is a money making organisation and nothing more!

    Players are but tools who are made into robots and discarded as and when they like!

    Cricket is a team game.
     
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    He is the most level headed captain i have ever seen and also a team man.
     
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    Wow, looks like Dhoni just joined the team, its will be more than a decade if he does retire in 2014. Time flies i guess.
     
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    Well i see him future chief minister of Jharkhand. Mind it he has good links with political parties of Jharkhand. Dhoni has earned enough money to sustain for 200 yrs. He also knows he will not able to play cricket that much now may be he is lazy or he feels his graph is coming down and its best to leave cricket in time with respect
     

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