Dhoni hints at quitting Test cricket to stay fit for WC 2015
Feeling the pressure after India's disastrous performance in Tests in England and Australia, captain MS Dhoni dropped a strong hint on the eve of the Perth game that he would quit Test cricket next year. I have never seen an Indian side fight: Dhoniindia Updated: Jan 13, 2012 02:50 IST
Feeling the pressure after India's disastrous performance in Tests in England and Australia, captain MS Dhoni dropped a strong hint on the eve of the Perth game that he would quit Test cricket next year.
"If I want to see the 2015 World Cup, I'll have to retire from one of the formats," Dhoni said. "It's too early right now. I am not that old. I am just 30. There is still time. We will see by 2013, and by 2013, I mean the end of 2013."
This is the second time Dhoni has mentioned early retirement from Tests. Dhoni has had a glorious run as captain, winning the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 Cup, the 2011 World Cup and taking India to the top of the Test rankings. But he has been struggling in overseas Tests since the last summer in England.
"What I really meant was by 2013 (was that) I would have to see where I stand when it comes to my body, whether I will be able to survive until the 2015 World Cup.
Of course form is a factor," Dhoni said. "Also, if I play till 2014 and all of a sudden say I can't survive till the World Cup, then you have a new wicketkeeper who has not played more than 30 international games. The player who is taking my place, should have played at least 60 to 100 ODIs before he goes into the World Cup."
First Published: Jan 12, 2012 12:33 IST