A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Dhoni dismisses retirement claims

Dhoni will consider retiring when he no longer feels fit anymore

Indian captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni played down the hype surrounding his comments on retirement after the Australia tour in January 2012, stating that they were “blown out of proportion”.

Dhoni, claims that he still has a lot of time to play the game, and will make the decision to call it a day when he feels it is necessary.

However, Dhoni also mentioned that he may choose to retire from Test cricket if he chose to play in the 2015 World Cup.

“If I have to see through the 2015 (World Cup), I would have to retire from one of the formats,” Dhoni said.

Dhoni, also noted that he will be constantly checking on his fitness, and will consider retiring when he no longer feels fit anymore.

“By the end of 2013, I have to see where my body stands, whether I can play the 2015 50 over World Cup. And if I am not fit enough then I have to make way for the youngsters coming in,” he said.

“If I see that I can only play till the end of 2014 in both the formats (ODI and Tests) then I have to give up the ODI format because I will not be able to play the 2015 World cup. There is no point in pursuing the ODI career. So, it was more like what is good for everyone,” he added.

Dhoni, also stated that his position as wicketkeeper was very important to the team.

“You want an experienced wicket keeper, because it is a very important slot. Wicketkeeper is always half captain in the sense that he does all the field settings and everything and gives the captain as to what is happening from the batsmen’s side,” he said.

Dhoni, however believes that only time will tell when he decides it is time to bring his career to an end.

“It is not like I am retiring right now. Or I will have to retire in 2013. Still one and half years is there. Nobody knows that a major injury can happen and I won’t be able to play cricket. Thats something that can happen in life. But this is it if everything goes in the right direction,” he said.

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