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Be it ahead of an all-important tour of Australia, or at his hometown Ranchi, or during a mandatory press meet ahead of the tour of Bangladesh for the Asia Cup 2016, one question that MS Dhoni has had to face has been on his retirement. The Indian captain may have gone tired of answering the same question repetitively, but the media has not stopped hounding Dhoni. Clearly, the Indian captain has tried to focus on the on-field matters and has entertained every query regarding his team, but at the same time he has been badgered by the media, which is not a good sign at all. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni says his answer on retirement won’t change with every question

There are widespread speculations about Dhoni retiring from cricket after the ICC World T20 2016, which India will be hosting for the very first time. Earlier, there were expectations that Dhoni must win the trophy and give the baton of leadership across formats to Virat Kohli, but even that has subdued. The excitement of seeing Kohli taking over has fizzled out a little bit with Indian public coming to terms with the fact that they will eventually see him rising to leadership position in time to come. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni will hang boots when the time is right, says Ravi Shastri

Somewhere in this frenzy, Dhoni is being forgotten. The media has taken apart the Indian captain in all defeats and the young side under him has been hailed time and again in wins. Time has changed drastically from it being termed a young Team India under Dhoni to an old warhorse shepherding a bunch of young and experienced cricketers.

Unfortunately, there are only a few who still believe in the fact that there is a lot of cricket left in Dhoni. The 34-year-old is fit as always, and has remained hungry for success. India’s swinging fortunes had forced Dhoni to change his ways as captain as well as a batsman, and it cannot be said that he has not got the results. ALSO READ: Why MS Dhoni refused to lead Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2015-16

Dhoni has tried to reinvent himself as a batsman; from coming in to bat towards the end of the innings and looking for quick runs right from the word go to moving up in the order, he has done everything that he could. There have been times when India have been benefitted with a remodelled Dhoni, and the fifth ODI against Australia in Sydney last month was the perfect example. Dhoni’s role in that situation proved to be more valuable rather than his individual contribution, unfortunately, that has been brushed aside.

The demands of Dhoni pinning on a date of retirement are totally uncalled for, as there is a lot of cricket lined up and the last thing the Indian captain should be worried about for the next 2 months is hanging up his boots. Dhoni has been India’s favourite when it comes to captaincy, but also a scapegoat as seldom the captain has exposed his players to the dangers that media poses.

While Dhoni battles issues within and outside the team, the Asia Cup 2016 begins in about 2 days and this is where India must start taking things seriously and build-up well for the ICC World T20 2016.

(Devarchit Varma is senior writer with CricketCountry. He can be followed on Twitter @Devarchit)