Miss late night chats, dinner with MS Dhoni: Mohammed Shami

Miss late night chats, dinner with MS Dhoni: Mohammed Shami

India fast bowler Mohammed Shami said he and his India teammates think MS Dhoni will come back and it will once again be 'fun' playing with the World Cup-winning India captain.

Mohammed Shami said MS Dhoni is a genuine person off the field as well and he misses the late night chats and dinners with the wicketkeeper-batsman.

MS Dhoni has not played competitive cricket since India's exit from the 2019 World Cup in July last year. Dhoni took a sabbatical from the sport and missed several series, including the high-profile tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

Even as speculations are rife about MS Dhoni's future, the Chennai Super Kings captain trained with the team in a pre-Indian Premier League (IPL) training camp before it was suspended due to the novel coronavirus pandemic in March.

With IPL 2020 missing the April-May window, uncertainty surrounds MS Dhoni's future in international cricket as the T20 tournament was seen as a potential platform for his return.

"I played in all the formats under him barring IPL. With regard to guidance, he will always treat his teammates in such a way that you won't even feel that he is MS Dhoni," Mohammed Shami said during an Instagram chat with Rohit Juglan.

"He is such a big player. I have a lot of memories about him. Now also we think, Mahi Bhai will come and it will be fun playing.

"One thing I like is he (Dhoni) likes to sit with everyone and have dinner. There are always two-four people with him. We chat till late night, and these are the things that one misses."

Only recently, MS Dhoni's wife Sakshi Singh Rawat rubbished rumours around the India star retiring with a sharp social media reaction to #DhoniRetires trend.

Nonetheless, Dhoni's CSK and India teammate Harbhajan Singh had earlier said he doesn't believe the India star wants to play for the country again.

"He wants to play IPL 100 percent. But one needs to know his take on whether he wants to play for India anymore or not. I think he doesn't want to play for India again. He has played so much for India.

"As far as I know him, he doesn't want to wear the blue jersey again. He decided that India's last match in the World Cup was his last. A few people have also told me that this is the case," Harbhajan said.