Former India, skipper MS Dhoni, has gone through a rough patch in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 in England. Speculations over his retirement are on an all-time high after he made himself unavailable for the upcoming series against West Indies. However, former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale feels that Dhoni is mature enough to make the right call about his retirement.
Dhoni knows when to retire – Jagdale
MS Dhoni has struggled throughout the World Cup failing to lead the middle-order. He has been slow scoring at a strike-rate of below 100 putting pressure on the non-strikers which has hurt India badly. There were also evidences of age cropping up in his wicket-keeping as many floated the idea that this is the perfect time for the veteran cricketer to bid goodbye to cricket. Moreover, reports emerged that the selectors are not considering him as the first choice anymore and if he doesn’t bow out gracefully, the selection panel might axe him.
In the meantime, just two days before the squad announcement, MS Dhoni made himself unavailable from the tour of West Indies. He has gone on an indefinite break and will spend the next two months with the paramilitary regiment. The veteran cricketer is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment of the Territorial Army.
The former BCCI secretary, Sanjay Jagdale heaped praise on the veteran cricket saying that he has been the greatest servant of Indian cricket. He also said that MS Dhoni is the best person to judge when to announce his retirement. Jagdale also urged the selectors to talk to him and get an idea about what is going in his mind as was done in case of Sachin Tendulkar.
“Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale said.
“Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, Jagdale concluded.