Since India’s ouster from the ICC World Cup 2019, speculations have been going around over former India skipper MS Dhoni’s retirement. Every single people have spoken about except the cricket himself. And now legendary chess player Viswanathan Anand has backed Dhoni saying that he knows when to retire.
Dhoni chose to make himself unavailable for the series against West Indies. Instead, he decided to serve the army in Jammu & Kashmir. MS Dhoni had an awful time in the ICC World Cup 2019 which raised speculation over his cricketing career. Subsequently, upon returning, he decided to take a break from the game.
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The legendary cricketer remained out of action from the South Africa series as well. Recent reports suggest that MS Dhoni will be with the team till 2020 World T20 to ensure that the team is in safe hands. Viswanathan Anand while speaking to the media admitted that it is the prerogative of Dhoni to take a call on his career. Anand also stated that the veteran cricketer will go out with every achievement by his side.
“He (Dhoni) knows what’s the right decision for him. But I think nothing is left behind or on the table for him,” Anand told PTI from Chennai.
“He has a phenomenal fan following. He had achieved everything which he had set out to achieve. He has won India two World Cups (2007 World T20 and 2011 ODI World Cup) as captain. He has been a great captain. No one can decide (when to quit) better than him. He is obviously in the best position to know what he wants to do. But if he quits, there’s nothing left for him to achieve,” Anand added.
Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant has emerged as the first-choice wicket-keeper batsman in place of MS Dhoni. Pant will have big shoes to fill but the cricketer said that he will take one match at a time and will not take any undue pressure.