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13 June 2024

Dhoni loses cool over retirement queries on eve of T20 Asia Cup

By Cricket Correspondent

India's limited over captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has reiterated his desire to continue playing for a "considerable period" irritated by constant media speculation about his retirement.

Dhoni's retirement has been a subject of immense speculation ever since he hung up his boots in the longest format of the game in December 2014.

Over the past one year, India's 'Captain Cool' has maintained his composure both on and off the field despite his team's below-par performances in the limited-overs format after the 2015 ICC World Cup in Australia.

However, on the eve of India's departure to Bangladesh for the Asia Cup, Dhoni seemed to lose his cool when repeatedly asked about his retirement plans, according to reports in Indian media.

"If I say something one month or 15 days back, the answer does not change. It's irrespective of where I'm asking. The answer remains the same. It's as simple as what is your name and I will say MS Dhoni. It will remain the same for a considerable period of time unless you give me a new format," Dhoni told reporters in Kolkata.

""There will be questions, you send me letters or requisitions. If you have the freedom, it's not right to ask all types of questions. It's very important to judge everything as to what needs to be done, why it needs to be done. Because somebody has the platform to ask questions, it does not mean that you keep on asking the same questions. It's a world today where everything is covered by media," an irritated Dhoni said on the oft-repeated query of his retirement.

He went on: "Anything happens, questions are raised in India. If we win the World T20 very comfortably, then questions will be asked whether we have peaked too early. If we lose the final, then we will be asked whether we will be able to take the pressure of a final. If we don't qualify then there will be questions whether we're good enough to handle pressure at home. I cannot really stop people from asking the questions. If better questions are raised, I will answer 100 per cent for sure."

Having won the inaugural World T20 nine years back, the 34-year-old Indian skipper will once again look to reclaim the trophy as the build-up will begin in Bangladesh.

Dhoni expressed satisfaction with the the preparation after series wins over Australia (3-0) and Sri Lanka (2-1).

"The good thing is we played three games in Australia, yes the conditions were very different in Australia, then we played in Sri Lanka. It gave us the time to settle into the format. You've to take the price tag away from the wicket. It's always easier to switch from T20 to Test format than from Test to T20. It's good for us that we are getting these number of games. We can try a few things. It's the same format," he said.

India launch their Asia Cup campaign against Bangladesh on February 24.