5 instances which could have been farewell match for Dhoni/Yuvraj

5 instances which could have been farewell match for Dhoni/Yuvraj

The duo has always shunned the criticism with their sheer cricketing talent.

MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni & Virat Kohli. (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh are probably two of the biggest names in Indian cricket in the 21st century. In fact, they were the heart of the white-ball sides, in particular, for a major part as well. Both individually and as a pair, the duo have been match-winners for the ‘Men in Blue’.

While Yuvraj who last played international cricket in 2017 has announced his retirement from international cricket, we may have seen the last of Dhoni as well. But with the former Indian skipper, you can never predict. However, there have been calls for the Ranchi-born superstar to retire for some time now. Yuvraj was also under the scanner and could’ve retired a lot earlier.

Thus, here we take a look at five instances or games where either or both Dhoni and Yuvraj could’ve retired in the past. These instances include both ODIs and T20Is.

 Against New Zealand – Vizag, 2016 (ODI)

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Twitter)

This game against New Zealand which was a series decider was eventually MS Dhoni’s last game as full-time captain in white-ball cricket. Though he didn’t announce it instantly, by the time India played their next white-ball game, it was January 2017 and he had quit captaincy.

In that game, India won the toss and opted to bat first. On a tricky surface, they made 269 on the back of half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Dhoni contributed with 41 as well. The bowlers responded beautifully as New Zealand were shot out for a mere 79. In the end, India won the series 3-2.

That could’ve been a good time for MS Dhoni to call it quits. He had led the team to a win and bowing out as skipper could’ve been an icing on the cake. Moreover, he had struggled to get going in that series. Thus, it might not have been a bad time to call it a day.