England won the final ODI at Headingley on Tuesday to clinch the series, but more than India's defeat, it was MS Dhoni's retirement rumours that set social media abuzz.
The reason being this video:
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In the video, Dhoni is seen asking the umpires for the ball when the players were leaving the field after the match, and naturally the clip went viral.
While Dhoni's act left many puzzled, some who watched the video came to a premature conclusion asking the question, “Is this the end of the road for Dhoni?”
Meanwhile, when asked the same question, India head coach Ravi Shastri dismissed the rumours saying, “That’s rubbish. MS is not going anywhere,” reported Times of India.
Shastri also clarified Dhoni's act, adding that he had taken the ball only to show it to India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun.
“MS wanted to show the ball to Bharat Arun. He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like. But right now, all this clamour is nonsense. He just wanted to show the ball to Arun to just have a look at it after close to 45 overs had been bowled.” Times of India quoted Shastri.
Dhoni has struggled to score quick runs lower down the order and that's been a cause for concern. The former skipper's finishing skills, that he was once famous for, has been under the scanner whenever Team India lost.