MS Dhoni can play the T20 World Cup even if it’s postponed: Keshav Banerjee

Banerjee also asked Dhoni's fan to refrain from social media trends, which he believes could be fake.

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Keshav Banerjee, MS Dhoni’s childhood coach, believes that the veteran wicketkeeper has the potential to play the T20 World Cup in Australia even if the tournament gets postponed. Currently, reports of the mega event being deferred have been doing the rounds. However, apex cricket board, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is yet to officially announce the same.

It’s been learned that a formal announcement could be made after the ICC meeting on Thursday, May 28. As far as Dhoni is concerned, Banerjee said that the former would announce his retirement in an organised manner whenever he wishes to.

“Dhoni is not the kind of person who will call up people and tell them ‘I am retiring’. He knows how to do it. When he will feel it is time, he will inform BCCI and call a proper press conference and do all the things that needs to be done. Like he did when he called time on his Test career,” Banerjee was quoted as saying on Latestly on Thursday, May 28.

I don’t know why people are after MS Dhoni, says Banerjee

Back in December 2014, Dhoni hung his boots from Test cricket after India’s Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. From there on Virat Kohli was made the full-time skipper. Banerjee also slammed the critics on social media, saying that the news there can turn out to be untrue.

On Wednesday, May 27, hashtags by #DhoniRetires trended on Twitter. Later, even Dhoni’s wife Sakshi dropped a scathing tweet, which she later deleted.

“You don’t go by social media. There are many things that become ‘trends’ but end up as fake news. I don’t know why people are after Dhoni. I know him well and I can tell you, he will let all of us know when he thinks he has to retire,” he said.

“You will get to see in the IPL how fit Dhoni still is. He can play the T20 World Cup even if it is postponed. Even if it happens next year,” Banerjee added.

Dhoni hasn’t played any cricket since the 2019 World Cup. He was set to make a comeback in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, the tournament had to be postponed for an indefinite time period.