Dhoni to quit Test cricket in 2013?

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Published: Thursday, January 12, 2012, 13:32 [IST]
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Dhoni to give up Tests for WC 2015

Perth, Jan 12: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni reveals he would have to retire from one of the formats to play in the 2015 World Cup. Speaking ahead of the third Test, Indian Skipper hinted at retiring from Test format in 2013 to represent India in 2015 World Cup.

"If I have to see through the 2015 (World Cup), I would have to retire from one of the formats,"

Dhoni has played 66 Tests so far winning 17 of the 36 matches in which he has skippered, Dhoni's thought took everyone by surprise at the press conference on the eve of the Perth Test against Australia.

Dhoni's disclosure regarding his future is uncertain and will tak a decision in 2013 whether to play in 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Dhoni was not sure of his position in the next two years, "If you see 2015, still three, three and a half years to go. I don't really know where I will stand. Everything needs to go off well, and then by close to 2013, I will have to take a call whether I can really 100 per cent be available for the 2015 World Cup," Dhoni had said.

On the eve of the third Test against Australia, Dhoni was asked by the media to clarify his stance.

"What I really meant by that was that by 2013 I will have to see whether I can stay on till 2015 World Cup. It's too early to comment if I will survive till the next World Cup," Dhoni clarified.

"Of course form is a big factor but also what I need to say is that all of a sudden in 2014 if I feel I can't survive the 2015 World Cup and there comes a new wicketkeeper who has played just 30 ODIs, it's not fair.

"At the end of 2013, I will have to decide if I am fit enough to proceed in one of the format. It's not for personal but for the country and for the individual who is taking my position. He should have played 60-100 ODIs before he goes into the World Cup. That's my personal thinking," he had said.


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