MS Dhoni retirement: Former India captain was vocal about the veteran wicket-keeper batsman’s future as an international cricketer.
Former India captain Sourav Ganguly believes that veteran wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni is at a stage of his career where he needs to evaluate where the stands in terms of playing in the archetype “Dhoni” manner.
“Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look at football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. [Sachin] Tendulkar, [Brian] Lara, [Sir Don] Bradman.. everyone had to quit. This is the way system has been and will be. So this scenario will come for MS [Dhoni] as well.
“He is at that stage of his career where he has to evaluate where he stands. He has to decide if he can win matches for India. If he can continue to contribute like MS Dhoni, not someone else,” Ganguly was quoted as saying during his stint for India Today.
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Ganguly further said that Dhoni will continue to become a victim of expectations if he doesn’t play as well as he is expected to. Being asked about the right time for Dhoni to retire, Ganguly laid emphasis on leaving the decision on the 38-year old cricketer.
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“Because with players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, until they play, there will be expectations that they will play like in this way and win matches in this fashion. I think Dhoni has to make this decision. Only a player knows how much fuel is left in the tank and how much of his match-winning ability is intact.
“Indian cricket will have to get used to the fact that MS Dhoni won’t be playing forever and he won’t be around for too long. But I believe this decision has to be taken by Dhoni himself,” Ganguly added.