Leeds: Former India captain MS Dhoni, who has faced severe criticism over his batting at the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019, has spoken about his retirement from international cricket after there was a report the he will bid adieu after the ICC event.

With India set to play Sri Lanka in their final league match of the World Cup 2019 on Saturday (July 6), Dhoni clarified on the speculations over his retirement.

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“I don’t know when I will retire from cricket, some people want me to retire before next match against Sri Lanka,” Dhoni was quoted as saying by ABP News.

Dhoni has been criticised by former players and fans for his slow batting during the World Cup 2019 in England. He has not been at his best in front the stumps but has continued to be excellent with the big gloves.

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India have already reached the semi-finals and if they win against Sri Lanka on Saturday and Australia lose to South Africa, then they will top the points table.

News agency PTI had reported that Dhoni will hang up his boots after the World Cup. However, it is not true now since the man himself has clarified.

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“If India qualify for the finals and go on to win the World Cup on July 14 at the Lord’s, it would be ideal setting for a fitting farewell to one of the legends of Indian cricket,” a PTI report read. “However, with India qualifying for the semi-finals at the World Cup here, neither the team management nor the BCCI wants to talk about the sensitive issue.”

Dhoni will celebrate his 38th birthday tomorrow (July 7). Though he is close to retirement from international cricket, it is not known when he decides to walk away. He is already retired from Test cricket and plays only limited-overs formats for India.

Even when he quit the five-day format he did not make it public before the match and only conveyed it to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after a Test in Australia.