Ex-Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most valuable and skilled cricketers in the world. He was called captain Cool' when he was a captain. He is also called as the best finisher in cricket. The wicket-keeper batsman has always brought hope for the team in tough matches.
MS Dhoni is the most admired sports personality in India. According to a recent survey by yougov.co.uk, Dhoni finished ahead of current India skipper Virat Kohli and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Many speculations and fan-made theories suggested that it could have been the last time Dhoni donned the Indian jersey, as it was during the India-Australia Test series when the wicketkeeper-batsman collected a wicket after drawing the third Test. It was at that time on December 30th, when Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket.
Dhoni opened up on his international future, making it clear that he is going nowhere till the 2019 World Cup in England.
On being asked why did he take the match ball from the umpire, Dhoni revealed that he was merely doing his homework for next year's mega event.
"(I took the ball) to see why we are not able to get enough reverse swing. Because we will be playing the World Cup in England, we have to (ensure) that we get the reverse swing going. Because it is something that is very important. If the opposition is getting it, we should also get it, at some point or the other," Dhoni elaborated.
"After 50 overs, the ball is useless to the ICC (International Cricket Council), so I requested the umpire 'Can I get the ball and gave it to the bowling coach?'"
"We need to work on it as to how we can get it more scuffed up so that we can get a bit of reverse swing going, that will in-turn help the fast bowlers get those yorkers or wickets in and around the 40th over mark. That would really help us restrict the opposition by not getting too many runs in the last 10 overs."
He would be soon seen in action in September when India play the Asia Cup. Stay tuned to Laughing Colours for the latest news and updates.