Wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni was on Thursday dropped from the BCCI's list of centrally contracted players, raising fresh doubts about the future of the former India captain.
The 38-year-old who is currently enjoying some time away from the game had to endure harsh criticism for his slow batting approach during India's matches in the World Cup. In the games against England and New Zealand (semi-final) especially, he had to bear the brunt of Twitterati who deemed him as being the reason behind the team's loss.
The two-time World Cup winning captain hasn't played a single game since the World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand last year. Speculation is rife that Dhoni may have already called curtains on his illustrious career and might even have informed BCCI President Sourav Ganguly about the same.
"How does one read M S Dhoni not getting a central contract? The BCCI giving him a clear signal, or mutually reached understanding? Remember, Dhoni hasn't retired and will play the IPL. Consider also he hasn't stepped on to a cricket field since the 50-overs World Cup," said journalist and columnist Ayaz Menon.
In an interview in November last year, Dhoni had dodged questions about his cricketing future with an enigmatic response: “January tak mat poocho (don't ask me till January)."
With us now having reached mid-January, and the T20 World Cup in sight (it will be held in Australia starting mid-October), commentators and fans have drawn their conclusion and #ThankYouDhoni has started trending on Twitter.
(With inputs from Agencies)