Indian wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni has been away from cricket since the end of the 2019 World Cup in England & Wales. He didn’t feature in any of the limited-overs format series India played throughout the last four-five months. Despite his absence, he didn’t give any hint of taking retirement from International cricket anytime soon.
Dhoni is most likely to make his return to cricket through the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) again.
Meanwhile, the former Indian captain Kapil Dev believes there will be a big void in the side once Dhoni retires from international cricket. He also believes more than Dhoni’s loss, it will be a big loss for the team instead to lose a leader like him.
“He has served the country so well, for so many years. One day, he has to retire. It will be sooner rather than later. He has to go at some time. He is not playing matches. So, I don’t know when he is going to come out and say he has had enough. It will be our loss whenever he retires,” he said.
Kapil was the first captain to lead India to its first-ever World Cup in 1983. It was then after 28 years when India got their hands over the World Cup trophy again and it was MS Dhoni, who led the side and that too in the Indian soil. After making his debut in 2004, Dhoni has won a big amount of matches for India and has given the word ‘finisher’ a new name in the cricket world.
However, it can’t be denied now that the 38-year old’s days are number in the international arena and the BCCI have already dropped him from the central contracts list recently. At the moment, it is also uncertain if Dhoni can feature in the upcoming T20 World Cup or not.
Meanwhile, Dhoni’s CSK team-mate Suresh Raina also insisted that the legendary wicket-keeper is still fit and team India needs him ahead of the T20 World Cup.
“If he (MS Dhoni) wants to leave the game, he will go without making a big fuss. I want to see him continue to play. He is looking fit and has been training hard. I still think the Indian team needs him. But it’s Virat’s call on how they go forward,” he said.