March 13 (CRICKETNMORE) - MS Dhoni's fate will be decided by the 2017 Champions Trophy, says Keshav Banerjee, his childhood coach. The ICC tournament will held from June 1 to 18 in England and Wales. "At the moment, his sole focus is on the Champions Trophy. If he's successful there, he would go on till the World Cup 2019," Banerjee said in Kolkata on Monday at the launch of an Under-14 tournament.
India's most successful captain, Dhoni still has a sharp brain despite the drop in success ratio, Banerjee felt. "It's natural that with age, you would not hit the same strike rate. But his will power and game-analysing sense are the two qualities that make him special. He's out there playing domestic one-dayers (Vijay Hazare Trophy) to keep himself in shape ahead of the Champions Trophy."
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Dhoni surprised everyone when he announced his retirement from tests in late 2014. He further stepped down from limited overs captaincy in January.
"He never liked to be pushed so he called it quits before any one could point fingers at him in the Tests format," Banerjee said.
Saurabh (With iputs from agency