However, there is no official word on it yet from the BCCI or from Dhoni.

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If a PTI report is to be believed, then the last match at this year’s World Cup could well turn out to be MS Dhoni’s swan song in India colours. 

"You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment," a senior BCCI official told PTI.

However, there is no official word on it yet from the BCCI or from Dhoni himself. 

With the ICC World T20 to be held in Australia next year, the current selection committee which is likely to remain in place till the BCCI’s AGM in October, will initiate the process of changes in the side for shorter formats. 

After the new selection committee takes over, it will set in motion the process of identifying new talent to come in as replacements, in time for the World T20s. 

While Dhoni has scored 223 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 93 plus, he has been facing flak for his inability to rotate the strike and score big towards the end of the innings. 

However, Sachin Tendulkar threw his weight behind Dhoni, saying that the wicketkeeper-batsman played according to the situation and expectations of the team against Bangladesh. 

On Tuesday, Dhoni once again faced criticism from fans on social media after he contributed 35 runs of 33 balls in India's total of 314/9 which the Men in Blue defended successfully at Edgbaston. 

"I felt it was an important innings and he (Dhoni) did exactly what was right for the team. If he stays till the 50th over, he can help other guys around him. He is expected to do that and he did that," Tendulkar told India Today. 

Meanwhile, India qualified for the semifinals of the World Cup after beating Bangladesh by 28 runs in their penultimate group match at Edgbaston, Birmingham. They are currently in second spot on the points table. 

With IANS inputs

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