Three Reasons Why MS Dhoni Should Retire From T20I Format
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MS Dhoni has scored 1526 runs in the shortest format of the game. The talisman batsman has scored his runs at an average of 37.22 but his strike is 127.06. Furthermore, he has scored only two fifties in 81 innings he has batted in T20I format. Dhoni has never been an impact player in T20I cricket as compared to the 50-overs version, where he is the king of the realm.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is back in form in 2019. He is going to be instrumental in India’s success for the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019. In fact, it is pivotal that former India’s captain plays as many matches for the Indian team at the International stage before the World Cup. Thus, it was a good idea to get him back into the T20I squad. Consequently, the runs in the middle can add confidence to his bag. Hence, it is expected Dhoni will call it day in T20I format after the upcoming World Cup.

Here are the three reasons why MS Dhoni should retire from T20I format.

Chances for the new generation

MS Dhoni, Mahendra Singh Dhoni
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Dhoni’s retirement from the shortest format of the game will open a vacancy for the next generation. An array of promising players are coming through the ranks and it is imperative that they make get to savor the exposure of the International circuit. These players are making the right noises in the Indian Premier League and they should be getting their chances in the Indian squad.

Dhoni’s power-hitting capabilities are on the wane:

Three Reasons Why MS Dhoni Should Retire From T20I Format
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MS Dhoni’s pyrotechnics are on the wane and he is not the same power-hitter he once used to be when he was young in his career. The Indian stumper hasn’t been able to hit the ground running in the recent past.

In fact, the former skipper has failed to rotate the strike at regular intervals in the recent past. Consequently, it has led to more pressure as the asking rate has gone up. Dhoni has not been able to find the gaps while batting early on in his innings. The wicketkeeper-batsman needs more time to get settled and hit the paddle running and there is not much time in T20 cricket to get your eye in. Thus, the former skipper has not scored his runs at a healthy strike rate.

Dhoni builds pressure on other batsmen.

MS Dhoni, James Neesham, India vs New Zealand 2019

MS Dhoni needs a player at the non-striker’s end who can get his runs quickly to release the pressure. Dhoni’s mundane strike rate can put extra pressure on the other batsman. Thus, the asking rate can get high when the wicketkeeper-batsman is at the crease. Dhoni’s has failed to find the boundaries at regular intervals, which are compulsory in the shortest version of the game.

In fact, Dhoni is expected to hang his boots in ODI cricket as well after the completion of upcoming ICC World Cup 2019. The former Indian skipper has been a big servant of the Indian cricket and he was always instrumental in the success of the team and he would like to bid adieu to the game on a high.

Gautam Chauhan

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