MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Action Images via Reuters.

Last Update on: August 29th, 2019 at 01:30 pm

Former Indian wicket-keeper batsman Syed Kirmani believes MS Dhoni should keep his retirement at bay for some time. There have been many speculations regarding Dhoni’s retirement and it was anticipated that he would hang his boots after the World Cup. However, it wasn’t to be the case as Dhoni took a two months break and decided to serve the Indian Army.

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On the other hand, Syed Kirmani stated that Dhoni should be left alone. The former Indian captain has been a role model for the young generation. Furthermore, Kirmani added that MS Dhoni has been India’s best-ever captain and he should be given his time to make his decision.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. AP Photo.

Dhoni still got fuel left in the tank, feels Kirmani.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni’s current form isn’t the best and he has come under the scanner for his poor strike rate. Thus, it would be interesting to note when Dhoni decides to call time on his illustrious career.

 “Leave him alone. There will be a time when he will retire, but we must stop talking about his retirement now,” Kirmani was quoted as saying by IANS.

“The way he has captained the Indian team, he’s the best captain ever. He has taken the Indian team to the highest level in Test cricket, in ODI, in T20s…Dhoni should stay as he’s a big role model for the young Indian cricketers. He must stay. He already has stepped aside from Tests. It’s his decision. We should not interfere. Has anyone else earned such fame like Dhoni?” he added.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant is backed by the team management to be the next wicket-keeper of the team. Pant has grabbed his opportunities in the Test fold but still lacks the temperament.

Syed Kirmani, Wicketkeeping
Syed Kirmani (credits – AFP)

Kirmani said, someone will fill in the big shoes of MS Dhoni but it will be done with time.

“When Farokh Engineer was in the fag end of his career, everyone was saying who’s next and then Syed Kirmani came, then came Kiran More and Dhoni,” said Kirmani.

“Some one will definitely take his place. We have three-four talented wicketkeepers in the reckoning. Wicketkeeping is not an easy aspect in cricket. It’s the most difficult position on the field and it’s a very key aspect of the game. Not everyone can do wicket-keeping by just wearing a pair of gloves,” he added.


India will play the second Test match against West Indies on 30th August at Jamaica.

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