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After semi-final heartbreak, fans urge MS Dhoni not to retire; #Donotretiredhoni trends on Twitter

Dhoni at 38 is certainly expected to be contemplating retirement from limited-overs cricket.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It took just one game for the universal mood to change over MS Dhoni, India’s former captain. The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman scored only his second fifty of the 2019 World Cup and that too in 72 balls but unlike in some past innings in which he was being slammed for batting slow, the show in the semi-final left him a tragic hero and with a lot of sympathy. It was being predicted that Dhoni was turning out in blue one last time after India were left gasping for breath at 71 for 5 but he almost went to the extent of extending his career till at Lord’s for the final.

But one brilliant run out effected by Martin Guptill cut short his hope and with that, the dream of millions. India had a pathetic start to their batting in the semi-final clash versus New Zealand at Old Trafford by losing their top three fishes for only five runs on board. The target was 240 and Dhoni’s delayed arrival at the crease left former captain like Sourav Ganguly baffled. Yet, he joined hands with Ravindra Jadeja (77 off 59) to take India to the doorsteps of victory but could not nail it eventually.

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India lost in yet another World Cup semi-final, this time by 18 runs. The fans of the Blue Brigade, who were bashing Dhoni even a few days ago for playing slow in death overs, were now overwhelmed by emotions and were urging the World Cup-winning captain not to retire. Even legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar requested the cricketer not to step down. On social media, #Donotretiredhoni was trending.

Dhoni excelled while other batsman-keepers failed

It was enthralling to see that in the tight situation that India found themselves in, it was the senior-most of the three Indian wicket-keeper-batsmen in the side – Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Dhoni – came out with a more responsible approach although Karthik was unfortunate to have caught brilliantly.

In a career spanning nearly 15 years till now, Dhoni has played in 350 ODIs, 90 Tests and 98 T20Is scoring over 17,000 runs and effecting over 800 dismissals (catch and stumpings combined).

Here are some of the tweets that were posted with hashtag #Donotretiredhoni:

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