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Dhoni recently cleared the doubt surrounding his future as a player after the Champions Trophy while speaking at a promotional event © Getty Images

Ever since MS Dhoni quit the captaincy of India’s limited-overs sides earlier this year, the speculations regarding the longevity of his career started doing the rounds. Only few days ago, he was sacked from the captaincy of his IPL side Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS), further strengthening the speculations. And while many feel that the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2017, to be played in England in June, will determine the fate of former Indian captain, Dhoni himself has different ideas. Fresh from leading Jharkhand to the semi-finals of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17, Dhoni has clarified that he has no intentions of retiring anytime soon.

Dhoni recently cleared the doubt surrounding his future as a player after the Champions Trophy. Speaking at a promotional event in Delhi on Thursday, he said, “I can easily go beyond World Cup 2019.” Dhoni even talked about his fitness levels, injuries and desire to keep playing beyond the 2019 World Cup in England. When asked about whether he is 100 percent sure about playing in the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni said, “There’s is nothing called 100 percent. The reason being, we are in 2017, 2019 is two years.”

“A lot can change in two years, especially when you have played cricket for over 10 years and seeing India cricket team’s schedule, it is a very tough schedule. Uske baad aap thode vintage car ban jate hai (After that you become a vintage car). A lot of caring is needed. Sitting how I am today, yes, the way I am today, I can easily go beyond that (2019 World Cup).” The video of the event was shared by Rhiti Sports Management Pvt. Ltd., the company which manages Dhoni. Watch it here:

Last year, after India’s exit from ICC World T20, Dhoni, fed up with the retirement question had summoned Australian journalist Sam Ferris to the press conference podium.

Dhoni will be seen in action for RPS in IPL 10 which is scheduled to happen between April 5 and May 21, post which he will be seen representing India at the Champions Trophy in England.