Do we know when MS Dhoni will hang his yellow boots? "Definitely not"
He has never been the predictable one, from his early long-haired blistering outings to taking India to victory at the inaugural t20 world cup (which coincidentally changed cricket forever), to lifting the 50-over trophy in 2011. He has always done things people have least expected him to do. So the anxiety remains that there will be a day soon when MS Dhoni won't be taking the cricket field anymore.
The Super Sunday of IPL 2020 was every bit ‘super’ the fans would have hoped for. The points table turned upside down courtesy a spirited performance by Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other side Chennai Super Kings drowned Kings XI Punjab’s dream of slipping into the playoffs on the back of their resurgent run.
But these are mere happenings, dry facts for the followers of the tournament. The real box office, as always, ran on emotions. And who better than the Thala, MS Dhoni, to play with the collective emotions of billions of Indians. To be honest to him, this time he left all of us with hope for another day in yellow, than the despair of not taking the cricket field ever again.
Having retired from all forms of international cricket earlier this year, and leading CSK to a poor IPL outing, the question of whether the iconic MS Dhoni was going to hand over the reigns of CSK to younger generations, was lingering in everyone’s mind. Adding fuel to this fire of anticipation was the mysterious ways Captain Cool functions. After all, he chose a collage video with a melancholy Hindi song to announce his formal retirement from international cricket, after dodging the question for months following the ill-fated run out in the World Cup semi final.
So when former New Zealand cricketer and presenter Danny Morrison popped the question to Thala at the toss, the collective hearts of billions surely stopped for a second. Only for a second, because Thala wasted no time (unlike what he and his team have done in run chases this year) in emphatically saying “Definitely not” to Morrison’s question of whether we were seeing him in the yellow jersey for the last time.
This anwer and his wry, confident smile soothed nationwide anxiety and resulted in a collective gasp that must have been heard in the UAE as well.
Those gasps soon turned into tweets as the fans of the Thala went berserk making “Definitely Not” a trend.
DEFINITELY NOT started trending in Five minutes after Dhoni confimation and going like Crazy, Currently trending at 4!!— CSK Zealots: ???? (@CSK_Zealot) November 1, 2020
What a mass fanbase! #Csk #whistlepodu #dhoni @msdhoni @ChennaiIPL pic.twitter.com/GzNo6JvdaA
Just to be sure, the voice of cricket Harsha Bhogle too, cheekily brough the question up by asking why so many young cricketers have been asking for Dhoni’s jersey after the matches. Dhoni launched into this trademark smile and said, “Maybe they thought that I am retiring. I have already retired from international cricket and that’s why they might have thought that I am retiring from the shortest format also.”
“Definitely not,” Dhoni replied.
So with this, we can be almost sure that Dhoni will be taking the field in IPL 2021, which is supposed to be just a few months away. But this, in no way, gives us an indication of the dreadful moment when MS Dhoni will not be hitting sixes in his nonchalant elegance.
He has never been the predictable one, from his early long-haired blistering outings to taking India to victory at the inaugural t20 world cup (which coincidentally changed cricket forever), to lifting the 50-over trophy in 2011. He has always done things people have least expected him to do. So it is understandable why he will not go just yet. Because when that day will come, all of us will be caught unaware.