Former India, skipper MS Dhoni, has struggled badly to get runs in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019. There were speculations that the veteran cricketer will announce his retirement after the marquee tournament, but Dhoni has not informed anyone about it yet. While the legendary cricketer has remained silent, reports suggest that he might not don the blue jersey anymore.
Will Dhoni play for India again?
MS Dhoni has struggled to get going in the death overs leading to the former cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar question his intent. The former India skipper couldn’t score quick runs in the death overs which cost India the World Cup trophy as they bowed out of the World Cup in the semifinals. Dhoni played at a strike rate of 93.39 in this World Cup but has eaten up a lot of balls which have put the other batsmen under pressure.
Going by a report in TOI, chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad is likely to have a word with MS Dhoni if he doesn’t announce his retirement before they announce the squad for the West Indies tour. The report states that the BCCI officials are in shock that Dhoni has not announced his retirement yet. It also added that the veteran cricketers is not in the selector’s mind for the T20 World Cup next year. Dhoni should retire with grace as his playing days are over.
“We’re surprised that he’s not done it so far. There are youngsters like Rishabh Pant waiting to grab their chances. As we saw in the World Cup, Dhoni isn’t the same batsman anymore. Despite coming in at No. 6 or 7, he was struggling to force the pace, and it was hurting the team,” he said.
“I don’t think he’s in the selectors’ plan for the 2020 T20 World Cup too. He must quit international cricket gracefully. He isn’t an automatic pick any more,” he added.
Furthermore, the report also added that MS Dhoni has nothing more to achieve in international cricket, and he must take a call now. Dhoni has been one of the greatest skippers India have produced and is the only captain to win all the three ICC trophies. He is also the most significant wicket-keeper batsman to have represented Indian cricket for so long.
“We didn’t want to distract him, and he too must have wanted the team, and himself, to be focused on the Cup. But the time to take a call is now. He has nothing left to achieve or prove in international cricket anymore,” he concluded.