Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a shot during a match against Australia in New Delhi. File
Dhoni has not played international cricket since the World Cup last year, but coach Ravi Shastri recently said the wicketkeeper-batsman could be in contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia this year if he performs well in the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni, 39 in July, has played for India since 2004.
The former captain of the national side, who serves as an honorary lieutenant colonel in the army reserves, spent part of last year with his unit in strife-torn Kashmir — missing an ODI tour of the West Indies.
He has not featured in any series since and was not named as part of the squad to tour New Zealand later this month.
He quit Test cricket in 2014 but continued to be India's batting mainstay in limited-overs cricket despite passing on the captaincy to Virat Kohli in 2017.
However Dhoni may be eyeing a last hurrah at the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November in Australia.
He is expected to lead the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this April-May.
The Indian selectors have been grooming young stumper Rishabh Pant, 22, to fill Dhoni's gloves.
Captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah were given contracts of Rs70 million (about $980,000) and were placed in the A+ grade by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The contracts are from October 2019 to September 2020.
Lokesh Rahul got a raise of Rs20 million and was among 11 players awarded A grade contracts worth Rs50 million.
Grade A+ 70 million Indian rupees (around $980,000): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.
Grade A 50 million Indian rupees (around $700,000): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Lokesh Rahul
Grade B 30 million Indian rupees (around $420,000): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank Agarwal
Grade C 10 million Indian rupees (around $140,000): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar
Dhoni, 39, called time on his 16-year-old international career Saturday with a cryptic message on his Instagram post that read "From 1929hrs consider me as retired."
From humble beginnings in the eastern city of Ranchi, before working as a ticket collector on the railways in Kharagpur in West Bengal, to Indian cricket's poster boy with a fleet of superbikes, Dhoni's life has even been chronicled in a Bollywood biopic.
India were one of the favourites to win the 2019 World Cup till a 15-minute spell from the New Zealand fast bowlers in Manchester changed everything and the world came
India, who won the previous match for an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match series, lost regular wickets after being put into bat first before Shreyas Iyer smashed 53 off 37 balls to lift the total in Bengaluru.
The tournament, held on Saturday, saw enthusiastic participation from international and local teams, including delegates from the Islamabad Polo Club, Pakistan.
The hosting right of the 2026 XIII FIP World Championship was awarded to UAE on Saturday. The announcement was made during a general assembly meeting of the Federation of International Polo (FIP) taking place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
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