Nasser Hussain believes MS Dhoni: The former English captain seems to trust the veteran Indian wicket-keeper batsman’s skills.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain admits that veteran India wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni has got it wrong on a few occasions of late while chasing targets. However, the same hasn’t changed Hussain’s perception for Dhoni.
“Yes, there have been one or two occasions where he [MS Dhoni] has got it wrong in run chases, like that World Cup game against England. But in general, Dhoni is still a really good talent,” Hussain was quoted as saying in Star Sports Cricket Connected.
— Nasser Hussain (@nassercricket) April 11, 2020
Dhoni, who last played for India during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, missed the West Indies tour (and all subsequent series) last year due to his training for the parachute regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir valley. Dhoni was subsequently in the news in January when his name wasn’t to be found in the list of annually contracted Indian players.
Nasser Hussain believes MS Dhoni
There is no hiding to the fact that Dhoni needed to play IPL 2020 if he was to stand a chance to travel to Australia for the ICC T20 World Cup later this year. Having said that, with the tournament getting delayed till April 15 and expected to undergo further delay, no one can comment on its revised start date.
Hussain, 52, laid emphasis on Dhoni still having a “huge amount” to offer to Indian cricket. Before concluding on the 38-year old player, Hussain asserted that a “once in a generation” cricket like Dhoni shouldn’t be forced into retirement early.
“Is Dhoni still good enough to get into the Indian side? It is as simple as that. That should apply for anyone across the board. What I have seen of Dhoni, I still think he has a huge amount to offer to Indian cricket.
“And be careful what you wish for because once Dhoni is gone, there is no getting him back. There are some legends of the game who are once in a generation cricketers, don’t push him into retirement early. Only Dhoni knows his mental state and in the end selectors select,” Hussain said.