Twitter speculates MS Dhoni's retirement as he collects the match ball from umpire

Will Dhoni play 2019 World Cup?

England v India - 2nd ODI: Royal London One-Day Series
MS Dhoni. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Something unusual happened at Headingley on Tuesday. After the game was lost, while walking back to the dressing room with Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni turned to the umpires and took the match ball from them to fuel his retirement speculations. He had collected a stump after playing out a draw in his last Test match. Twitterati was in shock after watching the scenes as they felt the heartbreaking news might be coming anytime soon.

Dhoni didn’t have a good series with the bat this time around. Though he played a couple of decent knocks of 37 and 42 runs, what hurt his fans was the way he played. He failed to rotate the strike most of the times especially against the spinners. Lord’s One-Day was more of an aberration for him as the crowd was miffed with him playing out the deliveries and not attacking the bowlers. They also booed him for his approach after which the Indian captain backed the veteran in the post-match presentation.

Should Dhoni retire now?

Also in the decider, MS Dhoni had a better outing compared to the previous one but got out during the phase when the team needed him the most. He couldn’t finish the innings with a bang and his diminishing abilities were highlighted again. But is it the right time for him to hang his boots? Many will argue on this fact but with the World Cup looming only after 11 months now, it will be tough for the new player to come and make a mark.

It would be better if Dhoni continues and maybe try to play more shots early in the innings and hope for the likes of Dinesh Karthik or Hardik Pandya to finish the matches. As of now though all are speculations and nothing has come from the man himself but the way he had retired from the Tests, the possibility of the same can’t be ruled out.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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