MS Dhoni turned 36 this year Image: Getty
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is going nowhere and wants to be a part of the national team for a long time. Mahi made sure he shot down rumours about him retiring and said he can easily play beyond the 2019 World Cup.
Mahi, at a promotional event, clarified his stand on his future and said, "I can easily go beyond World Cup 2019." However, he also exercised caution and stressed on the need to stay fit.
"There's is nothing called a 100 per cent. The reason being, we are in 2017, 2019 is two years. A lot can change in two years, especially when you have played cricket for over 10 years and seeing India cricket team's schedule, it is a very tough schedule. After that, you become a vintage car." he added.
The former Indian captain's future has been subject to a lot of speculation, especially after IPL franchisee Rising Pune Supergiants replaced him as the captain of the team for this year's tournament. While a lot of speculations suggest the World Cup winning captain was contemplating a life away from cricket, others argued that the 2017 Champions Trophy will act as a litmus Test for the Ranchi player and will eventually decide his future. Even Dhoni's childhood coach Keshav Banerjee is a propagator of the second school of thought.
But if Mahi says he's ready for the 2019 World Cup, we say he's ready.