The intention to write this is not to hurt the sentiments of MS Dhoni fans but to explain why the calls for a farewell match makes no sense at this point of time.
Cricket is a religion in the country and cricketers are prayed, given demi-god status, made to believe they are one. Remember the press conference where MS Dhoni called a journalist to sit next to him only to make him answer his own questions. The incident after India's 2016 World Cup exit and still serves as a testament of the aforementioned sentence.
There is no doubt that Dhoni's retirement made us weep. We were prepared but it looked like the worst news of 2020. The year has been worst is ages and the call for retirement from the 2011 World Cup winning captain only rubs salt to the wounds.
But Dhoni is cleaver, not that we didn't knew that already, from the way he read the game which depicted his cricketing mind but the song 'pal do pal ka shaayar' attached to his retirement showreel was nothing less than a modest attempt to make sure he is never forgotten.
'Thala' Dhoni will be next seen in action during the IPL 2020. Some source-based reports claimed Dhoni looked rusty during the training while the CSK CEO, on the contrary, claimed he is hitting the balls out of the park. But it hardly matters as long as Dhoni plays the game. The TRP are sure to hit the roofs on CSK match days and fans will go gaga, watching their hero, from their home.
Dhoni announced his retirement on the 74th Independence Day at 1929hrs - this sentence could be answer in quiz contests for a long period of time - and since then tributes have not stopped pouring in for the greatest captains of all-time.
Tributes have come in all forms - videos, messages, painting but one that shows that fans are carried away - is their call for a farewell match.
Dhoni has retired. He has retired. Fans have to understand their beloved cricketer has retired. And a farewell match comes right before retirement. Thus, in as many words, it makes no sense calling for it now.
But one should remains cautious as an IPL match, this year, might turn out to be his last in a fine career studded with trophies and non-chalant stumping