Off The Field

MS Dhoni said he would pick calls after retirement: RP Singh

Written by Vipin Darwade

Throughout his career, former Indian captain, MS Dhoni, maintained a low profile. As the captain of the Indian cricket team, it has been reported time and again that it was extremely difficult to reach out to MS Dhoni on phone.

Former Indian pacer RP Singh, who was close to Dhoni during his playing days, revealed how the Ranchi star once told paceman Munaf Patel that he would pick their calls in half-a-ring once he retires from international cricket.

“He has always been a down to earth and very composed person. We used to complain that he never takes our calls. Once he told Munaf (Patel) and I, that, when he retires, he would pick up the phone in just half-a-ring. Now we will check if really has retired. We always exploited his extra allowance which captains are entitled to! On a serious note, cricketers’ off-field interactions are not very different from ones on the field. We often end up talking about matches and players so it was fun with him,” Singh told

“If you talk about the history of the game, you will never get a player like Dhoni who has won so many matches from batting at that position. We have spoken about Bevan and all but MS was a completely different beast,” Singh added.

After months of speculation, Dhoni drew curtains on his illustrious career as he silently announced his retirement through an Instagram post on August 15 – a decision which still remains to be a topic of discussion. Dhoni will be seen leading the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. The craze around the much-awaited tournament has reached its crescendo after Dhoni’s retirement.

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