The time is almost nearing when the fans have to bid good bye to their beloved captain MS Dhoni from the game. The former captain has scored 223 runs in seven games at a decent strike rate of 93 plus in the ongoing world cup for India but taking the scorecard into consideration, his slow innings has not helped India’s cause, especially in the game against England where he scored 42 off 31 balls. Some cricket experts including Gautam Gambhir and Sourav Ganguly had criticized him for his slow approach when India needed to fire all the cylinders in the game against England.
There are speculations that the veteran cricketer will appear in the national colours for the last time in the ongoing world cup. Dhoni successfully led India in 2007 World T20, 2011 world cup and 2013 champions trophy and nothing will be worthwhile than Dhoni playing his farewell game in the ongoing world cup final at the iconic Lord’s in London.
Though there has been no word by the man himself about the retirement plans but considering an astonishing decision to retire from test cricket in middle of a test series in Australia, it may be sure that his decision of retirement will again stun the fans and his followers.
Dhoni has been giving hints of retirement by showing gratitude towards the brands who sponsored him throughout his career. The Ranchi lad has been using the bats of different brands which were associated with him in some part of his cricketing career. Interestingly, he is not charging a single penny and just want to thanks the sponsors for backing him throughout his career. Usually, Dhoni charges around Rs 10-15 lakh per match for playing with a particular logo.
The 37-year-old is remembered for playing with Spartan or Reebok branded bat bu in the ongoing world cup he is playing with SG, the SS, and the BAS logo bats.
Dhoni mostly plays with SG bat at the start of the innings and later switches to BAS and SS logo bats in the latter part of his innings.
Going into the depth of the matter, his close friend and manager Arun Pandey revealed that Dhoni is playing with different brands logo as a goodwill gesture and he is not charging a single penny.
“It’s a fact that he has been using different bats with different brandings, but he is not charging them. He wants to say thank to them for helping in various stages of his career,” Pandey told Mumbai Mirror.
“He does not need money, he has enough of it, he is using those bats as a goodwill gesture. BAS was with him from the beginning and SG also was very helpful to him,” he added.
India will next face a low lying Sri Lanka on 6th July at Leeds.