Former Australia leg-spinner Shane Warner has made a public offer to MS Dhoni to play in The Hundred next year. The inaugural edition of the tournament, which was scheduled to get underway in June this year, has been postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday. However, he will continue to play the IPL. He will be seen in action next month when IPL 2020 takes place in the UAE. And soon after MS Dhoni announced his retirement decision, Shane Warne, who is the head coach of London Spirit in The Hundred, extended an invitation to the wicketkeeper-batsman to join his team in the 100-balls-per-side tournament.
“I just wonder if I could get him down to the London Spirit next year for The Hundred. I might put out a call to see if he wants to play at Lord’s. I’ll find the money, MS!” Shane Warne told Sky Sports during his commentary duties for England’s 2nd Test against Pakistan.
Well, to play in The Hundred, MS Dhoni will have to announce his retirement from IPL as well as domestic cricket. The BCCI does not allow its active players to take part in overseas leagues.
Shane Warne lauds MS Dhoni:
Shane Warne further paid a glowing tribute to MS Dhoni. The legendary bowler rated him as one of the best wicketkeeper-batsman to have played the sport. He pointed out Chennai Super Kings’ impressive record in IPL under Dhoni’s captaincy.
“In T20 cricket, especially, the best captains, their teams will be in and around the finals all the time – it’s so key in T20 cricket – and Chennai have won [the IPL] three times.
“A terrific cricketer. You think back to some of the games that he won for India, off his own back.
“And you think of his captaincy, his leadership, he was a terrific competitor and a wonderful player. He will go down in history as one of the all-time great wicketkeeper-batsmen.
“He had a calmness about him that was fantastic and he always got the best out of his team, whether it was India, Chennai Super Kings, whoever it was. His players really respected him and responded to the way Dhoni wanted to play the game,” Shane Warne said.
Dhoni retires from the sport, having scored more than 17,000 international runs in 538 appearances. In IPL, he has guided Chennai Super Kings to three titles.
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