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Lata Mangeshkar requests MS Dhoni not to retire: ‘Desh ko aap ke khel ki zaroorat hai’

The 89-year-old singer asked Dhoni to "not entertain thoughts of retirement as the country needs him".

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Bharat Ratna recipient and singing maestro Lata Mangeshkar has asked MS Dhoni to “not retire” ( File photo)

Bharat Ratna recipient and singing maestro Lata Mangeshkar has asked former Indian skipper MS Dhoni not to retire from international cricket. After India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in ICC World Cup 2019 during which Dhoni played an incredible knock, many believed that it was his last international innings. However, Mangeshkar requested the former Indian captain not to hang his boots as the country still needs him.

“Namaskar MS Dhoni ji. Aaj Kal main sun rahi hun ke Aap retire hona chahte hain.Kripaya aap aisa mat sochiye.Desh ko aap ke khel ki zaroorat hai aur ye meri bhi request hai ki Retirement ka vichar bhi aap mann mein mat laayiye.@msdhoni” (I am hearing that you want to retire. Please don’t think like that. The country needs you. I request you to not entertain thoughts of retirement.),” tweeted the 89-year-old singer.

She also dedicated a motivational song written by Gulzar to the Indian team. “Kal bhalehi hum jeet na paaye ho lekin hum haare nahi hain.Gulzar sahab ka cricket ke liye likha hua ye geet main hamari team ko dedicate karti hun.”

Speculations about Dhoni’s retirement have been going around for quite some time. It was also believed that the 2019 World Cup would be his last international tournament.

When asked about Dhoni’s possible retirement, Indian Skipper Virat Kohli told the reporters “MS Dhoni has not told us anything about retirement”. Dhoni scored 50 off 72 during India’s 18-run loss to New Zealand in the semi-final match.

Chasing a total of 240 on a sluggish track, India faltered badly and were reduced to 92/6 when Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni launched India’s fight back. The duo shared 116-run stand for the seventh wicket which had reduced the equation to 25 required from 10 balls in the end. But Martin Guptill’s Direct hit proved to be a fatal blow for Dhoni and the men in blue.

Dhoni scored a total of 273 runs in eight innings at an average of 45.50 and a strike rate of 87.78. Dhoni retired from Test cricket back in 2014 and has played over 350 ODI’s for India.