India vs England: MS Dhoni's unusual act post third ODI keeps Twitter abuzz with speculations about his retirement

As the players were making their way to the dressing room post the match, Dhoni was seen taking the match ball from umpires. This led to widespread speculations on social media that Dhoni is contemplating retiring from ODI cricket.

FirstCricket Staff, Jul 18, 2018 15:46:52 IST

India failed to clinch the ODI series against England on Tuesday after losing the third match by five wickets at Headingley. But as soon as the match got over, spotlight was on former captain and current wicket-keeper MS Dhoni, though not because of batting or 'keeping.

As the players were making their way to the dressing room post the match, Dhoni was seen taking the match ball from umpires. This led to widespread speculations on social media that Dhoni is contemplating retiring from ODI cricket. Last time when Dhoni did something like that was back in 2014. He had taken a stump with him after India's third Test against Australia in Melbourne ended in a draw and later announced his retirement from Test cricket.

Twitter was abuzz with questions over Dhoni's future in ODIs after fans saw the video of him collecting the ball.

During the post-match press conference, when journalists asked Shardul Thakur about the incident he said that he didn't see it and can't comment on it. Apparently, the Indian cricket team's media manager laughed it off when asked about Dhoni's action.

Earlier in the series, Dhoni was booed by the fans for slow batting during the team's 86-run defeat against England in the second ODI. He was criticised for not being aggressive enough in his 59-ball 37-run knock as India could only manage 236 in 50 overs after England posted 322 for seven.

Well, so far there's no news from the BCCI about Dhoni's retirement and it's highly unlikely that he will go ahead and take that step especially taking next year's World Cup into consideration.

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Updated Date: Jul 18, 2018 15:46:52 IST






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