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Pandey said that after the T20 World Cup was to be postponed to 2022 this year, he knew that former captain Dhoni would announce his retirement but did not know that it would happen on Independence Day itself. Pandey said, 'I knew he would do it soon but did not know when to do it. He had to decide anyway. They had started preparations for the IPL but it was postponed and then the T20 World Cup was postponed. He must be thinking of being mentally free. '
15 August Special day for the army
He said, 'Since August 15 is a special day for the army, they must have thought about retirement from that perspective as well. The postponement of the T20 World Cup will definitely be one of the reasons they planned for it. Dhoni, posted to the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army, had said goodbye to international cricket through an Instagram post on Saturday. After the Indian team lost in the semi-finals of the 2019 World Cup, he trained for more than a month with the Parachute Regiment.
One thing is sure, he will spend more time with the army- Pandey
Pandey said, 'One thing is sure, he will spend more time with the army. He will also allow time for his commercial ventures and other commitments. We will soon sit down and decide the way forward. ' In most cases, the 'brand value' of an athlete decreases after retirement, but Pandey insists that this will not happen to Dhoni.
He said, 'Since the World Cup (in July 2019), we have tied up with 10 new brands. It will keep growing because Dhoni is not just about cricket, he is a young icon. Pandey said, 'In most such cases there is an impact after retirement but Dhoni is different. His achievements are not personal, his achievements are for the team and for the country.
Dhoni will play in the next two or three seasons of IPL
Pandey said that Dhoni will play in the next two or three seasons of the Indian Premier League. He said, 'He will play for at least a few more years. He will now be mentally free due to retirement. The decision of the T20 World Cup was definitely a big reason behind his decision. The T20 World Cup was scheduled to be held in October-November this year but was postponed to 2022 due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.