Since the end of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the former Indian World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni is highly under retirement speculation. Talking about this, another former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly feels that it depends on the team management and selectors’ thinking.
After the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, MS Dhoni took a leave from cricket for two months. Recently, he was busy to serve the Indian army in Kashmir. Due to this commitment, Dhoni missed out the ongoing USA and West Indies tour.
However, recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has claimed that Dhoni is not retiring at present. Still, Dhoni’s retirement speculation is not ending as the BCCI hasn’t clarified whether Dhoni will return in international cricket after this leave.
Only time will tell – Sourav Ganguly on MS Dhoni’s retirement
Sourav Ganguly feels that everything depends on the team management and selectors’ thinking about this. The former Indian captain claimed that we had to wait a few more months to understand this picture.
In a recent interview to Sportstar, Ganguly said, “To be honest, I don’t know. It depends on the way the team management thinks, the way the selectors think. Obviously, Dhoni is not young anymore, so this decision comes in everybody’s life at some stage or the other. So, we will have to wait and see for another three or four months to understand where it goes.”
Ganguly further added, “Obviously, Rishabh (Pant) is in. He plays well. (But in the end), it all depends on the mindset of the selectors and what they think. It’s about whether they want to look at the future. Only time will tell.”
In the absence of MS Dhoni, the youngster Rishabh Pant is taking the wicketkeeping role of the national team in the ongoing Caribbean tour. However, he has failed to impress in this tour yet.
The 38-year-old MS Dhoni is serving the national team since December 2004. He has played 90 Tests, 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. While he retired from the Test cricket in December 2014, he officially ended his limited-overs captaincy in January 2017. However, he is still carrying the national team in a top way by using his high experiences.
Apart from his personal success in international cricket, Dhoni has guided the national team to many international successes. Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, ICC Champions Trophy 2013 etc.