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India vs West Indies: WATCH as MS Dhoni answers retirement question with his own trick question

MS Dhoni was asked about his retirement after the India vs West Indies to which he trolled the journalist.

Written by Sriram Veera | Mumbai |
Updated: April 1, 2016 9:59:13 pm
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It’s not clear at what point in the evening did he think that a question about his retirement might be asked to him but MS Dhoni had worked out his response. It was pretty out-of-the box, quirky, a touch whimsical. Many would find it as very funny, and a few might see it as weird. (STATS || POINTS TABLE || FIXTURES)

It was an Australian journalist who asked the question whether Dhoni was keen to continue playing on for India.

Scorecard: India vs West Indies

Dhoni, who was until then dealing with post-mortem of the Indian defeat and talking about how dew let his bowlers down, perked up. It seemed as if he was waiting for such a question, and he in fact confirmed it was so. Only he was expecting that it would be an Indian journalist. Immediately, one sensed much fun was about to unfold. Shifting about on his chair, Dhoni asked the journalist to take the seat next to him on the dias. Eyebrows shot up, some uneasy laughter started when Dhoni said, “come here, let’s have some fun. I am serious, come here.”


The bemused journalist obliged with a smile. And this is when the night took a decisive turn towards some dark humour. It’s best seen on video, as many of you might have by now, but just in case you haven’t, here we go. This is how it played out.

Dhoni put his hands over the journalist’s shoulder and started a tete-a-tete for public consumption. It was quite something.

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“Do you want me to retire?” Dhoni was just warming up. “No, I don’t. I was just asking,” replied the journalist. The room was filling up with laughter. Some began to whip out their phone cameras to record.

Dhoni then reiterated his hope that it would be an Indian journalist. “I was hoping it was an Indian media guy because I can’t really ask you if you have a son or a brother who is a wicketkeeper.” The Australian waited that out.

“Do you think I am unfit?” This wasn’t a trick question and the Australian could answer it simply, “No.”

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Dhoni continued with the question, “Looking at me running?” “Very fast,” the Australian had smartly decided to stick to facts. “Do you think I can survive till the 2019 world cup?” This seemed like a trick question and that this point, one had begun to wish it was indeed an Indian journalist out there. There were a few in the room who would have answered this differently. The journalist in the hot seat went, “Yes sure.”

Tapping him on the shoulder, Dhoni went for his money shot. “Then you have answered the question.”

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Laughter – some uncomfortable, some genuine mirth – again went around the room. Even as the Australian journalist prepared to return to his chair, Dhoni once again stated his wish that it was an Indian. “ I wish it was an Indian media guy because I would have asked whether he has a son who is old enough to play and is a wicketkeeper to play. He would have said ‘No’ then I would have said maybe a brother who can play and who is a wicketkeeper. You fired the wrong ammunition at the wrong time.”

Not really as the next question from a reporter heated up the matters. It was about whether Dhoni has lost his midas touch, finishing skills, and his luck in the recent days.

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To his credit, Dhoni started to answer it very politely and rationally. “If you see the team combination, you have the roles and responsibility assigned to every individual and if you are performing your roles and responsibilities well you will end up winning the game … Ultimately, what matters is how the players are performing. It is good that we talk about luck because we start with a flip of the coin but other than that you have to be at your best, you have to keep performing. If you know there will be dew, you try to win the toss, you can’t really control it. You try to win the toss, put the opposition in and try to take the game away from there. So luck is a factor definitely but at the end of the game you have to play good cricket.”

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The Indian reporter chipped in again: “But I was asking about your finishing touch. Is that going?” Now Dhoni was peeved and said, “So should I say to West Indies, jao ghar jao, Dhoni captain, finish ho gaya match?” Cue laughter.
As the media conference ended and media shuffled into the press box to file their reports, the Australian journalist watched his own face, and the interaction, played out on the telly.

He later said that he found the entire episode pretty funny and that he didn’t feel uncomfortable at all. It of course helped he was a foreigner, the event lost a bit of its bite as it would have been if it were an Indian journalist in place.

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