MS Dhoni step foot on the field for the first time after the World Cup
Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and veteran tennis player Leander Paes participated in the charity football match in Mumbai. Rhiti Sports, the company that manages Dhoni's work, shared pictures of both these players and many others on Facebook on Monday.
It added that Captain Cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni 1996 Olympics bronze medallist Leander Paes played a charity match in. "Dhoni and Paes, however, are shown wearing a practice jersey with 'Playing for Humanity' written on it. The reason for the charity and the date of the match is unclear.
Dhoni's cricketing career
MS Dhoni last featured for the national team in the 2019 World Cup semi-final where India lost to New Zealand in a fierce encounter, where and Dhoni almost pulled off a win from the jaws of defeat. The veteran of 350 ODIs was expected to retire but reports suggest that he postponed his plans on the advice of Virat Kohli.
He made himself unavailable for the West Indies tour after he opted to join his army battalion and guard in the difficult and terrorist prone area of Awantipura in South Kashmir. He was expected to return for the South Africa T20 series but he again made himself unavailable for selection. Fans were expecting to see him return for the Bangladesh series but they again faced a setback after he opted out of selection. A report in Indian Express suggests that the veteran wicket keeper batsman is suffering from a back injury, which is the reason for his ouster from the national team.
He is now expected to return for the ODI series against West Indies, which starts in December.