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MS Dhoni’s wicket in the first World Cup 2019 semi-final on Wednesday effectively ended India’s campaign as they failed to chase down 240 runs against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester. MS Dhoni was run-out in the penultimate over by Martin Guptill when he tried to take two runs. After India’s World Cup exit, speculations started growing that the former India captain might soon announce his retirement from international cricket. However, in the post-match conference, Virat Kohli told the reporters that Dhoni has not conveyed anything to the team regarding his retirement plans.
Amid all the speculations regarding Dhoni’s retirement, fans flooded Twitter with tweets asking MS Dhoni not to retire from the game.
— Suresh M (@Sureshmoffl) July 11, 2019
We need you mahi..INDIA need you…we even can’t think cricket without you.
India will not get another MSD….
Please don’t even think about your retirement. Always in support of you.@msdhoni #donotretiredhoni pic.twitter.com/AyTQGy76ji
— Sarang Joshi (@SarangJoshi98) July 11, 2019
Dhoni wanted to be no 4 couple of years back but Ravi Shastri and others never agreed.
Kept searching for no 4 but couldn’t find even till today. Sent Dhoni at 7 in semi-final
At this age, Dhoni was and is an ideal number 4 who can give stability to team
— Bharat Army (@bhartarmy) July 11, 2019
— Sunanda Chhatbar (@ChhatbarSunanda) July 11, 2019
— Sunil Prajapati (@Imsunil122) July 11, 2019
I created my twitter account 4 years ago, but this is my 1st tweet….. I came here for one man who is the heart of billion of fans…. We can’t even imagine your retirement for now. Please play till t20 WC Mahi. India needs you. Please stay.#donotretiredhoni pic.twitter.com/WrsX6uQPw4
— Prem Kumar (@PremKum70119559) July 11, 2019
In the match, after winning the toss and electing to bat, New Zealand posted a challenging total of 239 for eight. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for India, who finished his 10 overs with figures of three for 43.
During the chase, India’s top-order suffered a collapse as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul all fell for just one run. Dinesh Karthik’s wicket in the 10th over saw India reeling at 24 for four.
Chasing 240, India, eventually fell short by 18 runs and were bowled out for 221 in 49.3 overs. Matt Henry was adjudged player of the match for his match-winning figures of 37 for three in 10 overs.
With the win, New Zealand are through to the final and will play the winner of the second semi-final between Australia and England which is being played at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Thursday.