Following India’s defeat against New Zealand in the semifinals on Wednesday, which was possibly former skipper MS Dhoni’s last World Cup game, Twitter was afloat with love and support for him. The most interesting response to his performance in the World Cup, however, came from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.
When questioned by reporters at the post-match press conference as to whether he would consider picking Dhoni in his team, Williamson jokingly asked if Dhoni would be willing to change his nationality to be eligible to play for the New Zealand team.
“He is not eligible to play for New Zealand!” the 28-year-old captain said, adding that Dhoni was a “world-class player.”
“Had I been the India captain? Yeah, his experience at his level and in these occasions is so important and his contribution today and yesterday, but throughout this campaign, it was extremely, extremely important. That partnership he was involved in with Jadeja who came in and hit the ball better than anybody in both teams was very, very valuable and he’s a world-class cricketer,” added Williamson before concluding with his epic response.
“Is he looking to change nationalities? Because we will consider that selection if we have to!” said the skipper.
Though India lost Wednesday’s match, Dhoni’s performance was much appreciated. With 31 needed off the last two overs, he hit the first ball of the 49th over for a six over point. However, he was run out for 50 in attempting to go for a second run, and India eventually lost by 18 runs.
The crowd stood as Dhoni made his way off the pitch, possibly for the last time in a World Cup. Social media was soon flooded with messages of gratitude and wishes to the former skipper, recognising his numerous achievements.