Mahendra Singh Dhoni is in no mood to hang his gloves. The former India skipper, who has quit Test cricket and given up Team India captaincy has confirmed that he has no plans to quit international cricket soon. The 35-year-old, who is fully active on the domestic circuit, firmly believes that his international career will go beyond the 2019 ICC World Cup.
Dhoni was in Delhi to promote Lava Mobiles. Speaking at the event, he did agree though that he has no control over injuries, which might end a players career abruptly. But, he was confident of playing the 2019 World Cup in England. This laid to rest the speculation by some cricket pundits that the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy in England might be Dhoni’s last competitive event in Team India’s blue jersey.
There was the obvious question whether Dhoni was sure of participation the 2019 World Cup. His responded with a typical Dhoni smile: “After playing cricket for India for 10 years aap thode vintage car ban jate hai. A lot of caring is needed. Sitting how I am today, Yes, the way I am today, I can easily go beyond that (2019 World Cup)”.
This prolonged career is also important for brand value of Dhoni, who has been India’s No. 1 sports brand until Virat Kohli replaced him following his record deal with Puma. But the values come from visibility. Dhoni will have to reinvent himself to keep his iconic status. Post captaincy, he is already reinventing himself as a team member and that’s good enough for this Star Player to prolong his career and quit on a high whenever he feels like to hang his bat, and gloves, too.