Former Indian National Cricket Team skipper MS Dhoni will be a crucial stakeholder for India in the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Amidst that, there have been many people who have called out Dhoni saying that he can be a liability to the team going forward. They have batter for young Rishabh Pant who is likely to be his successor. However, legendary cricketer Shane Warne has hit out at those critics saying that Dhoni can retire whenever he wants.
The former Australia cricketer also offered his support to the former India skipper saying that Dhoni can retire whenever he wants. Shane Warner also added that as a player, MS Dhoni knows when to retire and is the best person to judge what is the right time.
“MS Dhoni has been a terrific servant for Indian cricket, he has given his everything to Indian cricket. I can’t believe some people questioned that MS shouldn’t have been there for the World Cup. Dhoni is the only person who knows when the right time is and as a player, you know,” Warne said to IANS.
And whether that is after the World Cup or five years after the tournament he will know when the right time is. Dhoni can retire whenever he wants because he has been that good,” Shane Warne added.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni had a dismal time with the bat throughout 2018 which raised speculations about his retirement. The wicketkeeper-batsman played 20 ODIs for India in 2018, scoring just 275 runs at an average of 25 without a single half-century or hundred to his name. However, he changed the tide soon in 2019 and started the year with a bang.
He has scored 327 runs from nine matches this season at a staggering average of 81.75. Dhoni was in complete control of things in Australia when they won the ODI series. He also scored heavily in the recently concluded Indian Premier League to power his side to the finals of the tournament before going down by one run against Mumbai Indians. In the 15 games, he has played, MS Dhoni has scored 416 runs at an average of over 80 which will be a massive advantage for the Men in Blues.
Going into the World Cup, the Jharkhand-born cricketer will play a crucial role for India. Along with the bat, MS Dhoni will be a gear help to Virat Kohli during his captaincy. The Men in Blues will begin their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.