India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni ruled out retirement from one-day internationals after India bowed out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 following a semifinal defeat to hosts Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. “I am 33, I’m still running and I am still fit. Next year (at the World T20) will be the right time to decide if I should play World Cup 2019.” I felt everybody rose up to the occasion, how the fast bowlers bowled throughout this tournament, how the spinners have done, learning from all their past experiences when we fell outside. I thought it was the reason all of that together sums up the kind of performance that we have given in this tournament. Disappointed, we couldn’t go into the finals, but only one team can win, and I felt they played better cricket on the day, and I think you asked me about my future. A very interesting answer. It’s up to you guys. The media should make a nice research on it, take a few days, and my advice will be whatever you decide, write the complete opposite, yeah, that will be the fact. It’s up to you guys.
After bowing out of the World Cup, the India captain admitted that he would take a call about hanging up his boots from ODIs only after the World T20. Asked whether Dhoni had played his last World Cup game on Thursday, the captain wittily said that he was ‘just 33’.
Dhoni has already retired from Test cricket. He is the only captain in history to have won all three ICC trophies (World T20, World Cup and Champions Trophy).
Per Michael Clarke, who hugged Dhoni at the post-match presentation ceremony, said he was sure his Indian counterpart would play the 2019 World Cup. “You asked if MS was going to be at the next World Cup, I’m sure he will be; he has a lot of cricket in him.”