Dhoni: Speculation on his Retirement
Suddenly, the former Indian captain who could do no wrong came under international scrutiny the minute he started showing signs of slowing down. The realization that he was not 'finishing' matches the way he used to, or run between wickets with the speed and agility we are used to watching, came under severe scrutiny, especially in the World Cup where his controversial 'run-out' faded in the wake of the criticism that flooded social media about his inability to hit the big shots he is best known for.
MSD as he is popularly called, did not have a great finish to his last World Cup. Tongues started wagging and speculation became rife about his 'retirement'. At the height of his captaincy, Dhoni had retired from Test cricket and was available only for the ODIs and T-20I.
In the aftermath of the World Cup, Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies and has henceforth, not featured in any of the tournaments. His silence is so loud that the BCCI members as well as selectors and former cricketing greats, as well as his team mates have started wondering about when the legend will hang up his boots.
Age has a lot to do with one's fitness and abilities, especially if one is a sportsperson. Retiring gracefully or the 'art of leaving' is best left to the individual, but as former great Vijay Merchant put it, one should retire when people are asking 'why' rather than 'when'.