Dhoni: I can easily play beyond the 2019 World Cup

In a promotional event in New Delhi, the former India captain said, replying to a query, “Sitting how I am today, yes, I can easily go beyond that (2019 World Cup).”

Dhoni led Jharkhand to the semifinals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.   -  PTI

Former India captain M. S. Dhoni has expressed confidence he will be able to continue playing for the national team at least till the 2019 World Cup. In a promotional event in New Delhi, he said, replying to a query, “Sitting how I am today, yes, I can easily go beyond that (2019 World Cup).”

Dhoni had been asked whether he was a “100 percent” certain about playing the tournament two years away. He said, “There’s nothing called 100 percent, the reason being, we’re in 2017, 2019 is two years away. A lot can change in two years, especially when you have played cricket for over 10 years and seeing India cricket team's schedule, it is a very tough schedule. Uske baad aap thoda vintage gaadi ban jate hain (After this period, you become a vintage car). A lot of caring is needed. Looking at everything, how it’s going [for me], [I] definitely [should be able to participate in the World Cup]. But anything can happen.”

Fixing his attention only on the limited-overs formats of the sport, Dhoni has regularly featured in limited-overs domestic matches for his home state, Jharkhand, besides playing One-Day Internationals and Twenty20s for India. He led Jharkhand to the semifinal of the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Bengal; he scored 70 in an unsuccessful chase of 330. Earlier in the tournament, he had scored a match-winning 129 against Chhattisgarh, rescuing his team from a shaky 57 for 6.

Dhoni has also given up the post of captain for his Indian Premier League team Rising Pune Supergiant.

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