Kohli on buzz around Dhoni's future: 'He hasn't told us anything'

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's scoring-rate in World Cup 2019 came under scrutiny from fans on social media as well as experts in the commentary box.

Dhoni's run-out in the penultimate over effectively ended India's hopes of advancing to the final at Lord's.   -  getty images

When M.S. Dhoni trudged away following a run out in the World Cup semifinal at Old Trafford here on Wednesday, a question lingered in the press box: “Are we seeing him for the last time in the blue shade?” With speculation over a probable retirement swirling in the air, it was understandable that the former captain came up for discussion in the post-match media interactions.

First up, Kane Williamson was asked to comment on Dhoni’s strike-rate and then the reporter asked derisively: “Would you have picked him in your team?” The New Zealand skipper looked perplexed and countered: “He is not eligible to play for New Zealand, is he?” And then when the correspondent persisted, Williamson praised Dhoni: “He is a world class player and if I was the Indian captain I would have picked him. His contribution was excellent. Is he looking to change his nationality? We might consider him (grins).”

Later when Virat Kohli was probed about any input from Dhoni specific to his career's conclusion, the Indian captain categorically said: “He hasn’t told anything.”