Anil Kumble Believes MS Dhoni Deserves Proper Send-Off
Former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni’s cricket future is the present trending topic point in Indian cricket. Anil Kumble, the former Indian Test captain believes that Dhoni deserves a proper send-off, but the selectors will have to take a call on that.
The 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni hasn’t spent any time with the national cricket team since the conclusion of India’s journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales.
With the time progress, Dhoni’s international retirement doubt is raising. Anil Kumble feels that the selectors are likely to take this decision soon as the next T20 World Cup is just more than one year away. Kumble has also added that the inconsistent team structure has affected the national side during the recent Cricket World Cup, and also believes that the selectors likely to not make a similar mistake again.
Kumble told CricketNext, “I think the selectors will have a take a call as to which is the likely team that you’d want in the World Cup because the World Cup is just a year away. You’d want a consistent team to be playing right throughout and that’s exactly what didn’t happen in the 50-over competition.”
Australia will host the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 from 18th October to 15th November 2020.
There will be some discussions about an exit plan
Anil Kumble claims that MS Dhoni deserves a proper send-off according to his wish. However, Kumble further added that selectors planning would be the crucial factor in this.
The legendary Indian leg-spinner added, “So, yes, there will be some discussions about an exit plan. But having said that, MS Dhoni certainly deserves a proper send-off, whenever he decides to move on from the sport. But for the team’s sake, the selectors need to sit down and have a discussion around what the plans are because it’s important that things be communicated.
“If the selectors believe that Dhoni is in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup then I think he should be playing every game. If he’s not, then it’s important that they have a discussion around how they need to make this happen. I think they need to do that in the next couple of months. Like I mentioned, he certainly deserves a proper send-off, whenever that happens but the communication needs to be come from the selectors.”
Rishabh Pant has also shown some inconsistency – Anil Kumble
Meanwhile, selectors have already shown their huge faith in Rishabh Pant. They are ready to give the young wicketkeeper-batsman enough time.
Anil Kumble also believes that Pant can be the next long-time wicketkeeper-batsman for India. But the former Indian coach also added that Pant’s recent inconsistency has put the pressure on the selectors.
Kumble said, “I think Pant has certainly made a lot of claims as a keeper-batsman, especially in the T20 format. So, it’s important to have a conversation and you need to have a proper send-off, he certainly deserves that.
“But having said that, Pant has also shown some inconsistency. That’s a call the selectors need to make. Today, in spite of all of that, are you going to back him (Pant) or someone else, or would you look back. I wouldn’t but I think it’s important that the selectors take a call on that.”
Along with the other important duties, MS Dhoni has tirelessly handled the wicketkeeper-batsman role of the national team from 2004. Though he retired from the Test cricket in December 2014, Dhoni is still on top position in the limited-overs cricket.
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