While he principally remained quiet and to himself in regards to the choice earlier than lastly deciding it was time, there have been events when he selected to have enjoyable with questions on his retirement.
On one such event, on the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 that was held in India, the hosts misplaced to the eventual champions West Indies within the semifinal. Speculations had been rife that Dhoni would possibly convey the curtain down on his profession.
Coming into the post-match press convention that day in 2016 after India’s exit from the match, Dhoni, India’s limited-overs captain then, was his calm self; however deep inside, he was anticipating a query about his retirement from one of many journalists.
It was an Australian journalist, Samuel Ferris, who requested the query that the majority journalists in that room had been elbowing one another to ask
When Ferris lastly requested the query, that is how Dhoni reacted:
Ferris: MS, you’ve achieved virtually every little thing. Are you eager to proceed enjoying on after this match?
Dhoni: Come right here, let’s have some enjoyable. Please come right here. Come, come, come…critically! Yeah, come!
(Ferris walks as much as sit alongside Dhoni on the rostrum)
Dhoni: Do you need me to retire?
Ferris: No. That’s what I requested you.
Dhoni: I hoped it was an Indian media man, as a result of I can not actually say you probably have a brother or a son who can play for India or is a wicket-keeper. Do you suppose I’m unfit?
Dhoni: You have seen me working?
Ferris: Very quick.
Dhoni: Do you suppose I can survive until the 2019 World Cup?
Ferris: Yes, certain.
Dhoni: Then you’ve answered the query (the whole room breaks into laughter)
Ferris: Thank you, sir.
Ferris later put up a publish describing the incident:
“If you had informed me that by the tip of the evening, after watching a shocking West Indies run-chase within the World T20 semifinal, that I’d share the press convention desk with India captain MS Dhoni and find yourself on each TV information bulletin within the nation, I’d have flat out referred to as you a lunatic,” Ferris wrote.
“I believed it was a fairly normal query to be truthful. When Dhoni shocked the world along with his Test retirement out of nowhere after the 2014 Boxing Day Test on the MCG, it caught all people off-guard.”
“With that in thoughts, I used to be certain he would get requested once more if he was going to retire from limited-overs cricket. And it’s not like at 34 years previous (he) hasn’t achieved something in white-ball cricket; he received the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in South Africa, hit the profitable runs, a six no much less, to win the 2011 50-over World Cup on house soil, and to finish the trifecta, took out the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.”
Recalling the incident, Ferris additional added, “An invitation to return be a part of him (Dhoni) on stage. At first I politely decline, however he insists. Who am I to show down India’s greatest-ever captain?
“I’m welcomed with a heat embrace, a sympathetic arm round my shoulder and a crisp white smile, the identical smile I’ve seen on a dozen commercials that includes Dhoni on Indian tv promoting an enormous vary of merchandise.”
“Word has it, Dhoni hates that query and was able to pounce on an Indian journalist who was going to ask it. Even although I fired the mistaken ammunition, it appears I took a bullet for my Indian colleagues.”