Sakshi Dhoni reveals reason behind MS Dhoni’s Test retirement

MS Dhoni is grabbing the limelight for all the right reasons in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024. The latest edition would potentially be the last for the wicketkeeper-batter. Having said that, an old video has been resurfacing, where Sakshi Dhoni reveals the reason behind Dhoni’s Test retirement. It is worth noting that, the Ranchi-born cricketer retired from Test cricket in 2014.

Sakshi speaking to the anchor on a video for Chennai Super Kings, revealed that the reason for his retirement was their pre-planned baby Ziva. She also said that it was she who insisted Dhoni take out some time for family. She also revealed that the family had anticipated the retirement move and it was just a matter of time for the public to know.

“When he stepped down from Test cricket, we always had a hint that he was going to step down. I even remember telling him, ‘If you want a child you should step down from at least one format because you won’t have the time to enjoy with your child,” Sakshi said in a video for CSK.

“People tell me I had to sacrifice so much being his wife. I say, ‘No, nothing, it’s all love’. When you are in, you cannot call it sacrifice” she said. Sakshi’s response reflects the mutual understanding and the companionship shared by the duo in their journey so far,” she added.

I had made my entire plan: Dhoni

The former India captain played his last international game during the World Cup 2019. India losing to New Zealand in the semi-finals and Dhoni getting run out is etched every fan’s mind. The World Cup-winning captain himself admitted that he made his retirement plans then and there. However, he announced his retirement on 15th August 2020.

“It gets difficult to control your emotions when you have lost a close game. And inside, I had made my entire plan. To me, that was the last day I played cricket for India. I took retirement a year later, but the fact is that, that day I had retired,” said Dhoni.