While the 39-year-old former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played a recognised cricket match for more than a year, he can return on the field soon if the delayed IPL 2020 finally happens. Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir believes that the age shouldn’t be a big factor, if Dhoni still has the ability to serve for the nation and wants to return to the national team, he shouldn’t hesitate to return in the Indian team.
In the last few years, MS Dhoni put the special impact in India’s game in the limited-overs cricket as the former successful Indian captain was always ready to guide the Indian youngsters with his powerful advice. However, after the defeat in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand (at Manchester on 10th July 2019), Dhoni hasn’t played any recognised cricket match yet.
Since that tournament, the senior wicketkeeper-batsman Dhoni has continuously made himself unavailable for the national team selection. But, while he hasn’t even clarified about his national team future, the cricket world is very much confused about his international cricket future.
However, Dhoni was ready to return on the cricket field during the IPL 2020, which was originally scheduled to begin on 29th March 2020. But the coronavirus pandemic forcefully delayed his return to the game.
As the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now planning to organise the IPL 2020 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) between 19th September and 8th November 2020, many are eagerly waiting to see how Dhoni performs in this tournament.
When you want to leave it is again your individual decision: Gautam Gambhir about MS Dhoni’s international cricket future
While some have raised questions about Dhoni’s age in the long-standing query about his international cricket return, Gautam Gambhir doesn’t feel the same thing. He believes that Dhoni shouldn’t be pressurised for his age. According to the former Indian top-order batsman, if Dhoni is in good fitness and form and he wants to come back in the Indian team, then he should take this chance.
Gambhir recently told Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’, “Age is just a number. I think if you are in very good form if you are hitting the ball really well. MS Dhoni, if he is hitting the ball really well, if he is very good form, if he is enjoying the game and if he thinks that he can still win the game for the country at that number – especially at six and seven.
“If he is really good fitness and form, I think he should keep continuing playing because no one can actually force anyone to retire. A lot of experts can put a lot of pressure on people like MS Dhoni because of their age and stuff but again it’s an individual decision, when you started playing cricket it was your individual decision. When you want to leave it is again your individual decision.”