Speculations are intense over MS Dhoni’s retirement from international cricket since India’s heartbreaking World Cup loss in the first semi-final against New Zealand. While the 2019 World Cup was said to be Dhoni’s last assignment in the showpiece event, fans are now curious to know whether the former Indian captain has hanged his boots from ODI cricket.
As the All India Senior Selection Committee meets on July 19 to announce India’s squad for the upcoming tour to West Indies, former experts have shared their views on whether Dhoni should finally retire from all formats of the game.
At ABP News, when former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag was asked about his take on Dhoni’s future, he said that the Ranchi-born cricketer has the right to take a call on his retirement. The Nawab of Nazafgarh further opined that MSK Prasad should reach out to Dhoni to talk about his future if they are not seeing him as the first-choice wicketkeeper-batsman going forward.
“It should be left to MS Dhoni to decide when to hang his boots. The duty of the selectors is to reach out to Dhoni and inform him that he is no more being seen as India’s wicket-keeper batsman going forward. I wish the selectors had asked me as well about my plans so I would also have been able to inform them,” Sehwag was quoted as saying.
In the recent past, Dhoni has often been criticized for his slow knocks and inability to finish games which have sparked debate across several fans and cricket experts. Also, a proven match-winner Rishabh Pant is waiting in the wings and is seen as the successor for MS Dhoni. It would be interesting to see whether the selectors opt or omit the veteran stumper for the upcoming tour of West Indies.
Dhoni has represented India in 350 ODIs, scoring 10773 runs at an average of 50.58 including 73 half-centuries and 10 centuries.