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Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin has the full faith on MS Dhoni. Azharuddin feels that Dhoni will soon reveal his decision; otherwise, the speculation will rise.
Before the beginning of the recently concluded 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, media speculations claimed that MS Dhoni would announce his retirement after that tournament. However, the former World Cup-winning captain hasn’t spoken about his international future yet.
After the 2019 CWC, MS Dhoni has taken two months off from international cricket. So, he is unavailable for the upcoming tour of West Indies and the USA.
I feel some decision will come – Mohammad Azharuddin about MS Dhoni’s future
Mohammad Azharuddin feels that Dhoni and selectors should talk to each other on this matter. Azharuddin feels that some decision will come soon to clear all confusion.
As per PTI, Azharuddin claimed, “A player wants to play, but selectors have to speak, how long he will play, how he will play, what will happen.
“About big player, the player is also taken into confidence and spoken to. I feel some decision will come. Otherwise, people will keep writing that (he) should retire, not retire. Because, no statement has come from Dhoni.”
If Dhoni plays his natural game more, Azharuddin feel that will be good for India
Mohammad Azharuddin has claimed that if the 38-year-old MS Dhoni is fit and playing well, then he should continue his international career. However, Azharuddin feels that Dhoni should play his normal aggressive game.
Azharuddin added, “My opinion is that if he is fit and playing well, he should play. If he is fit and performance is good, he can play. Sometimes what happens is, interest is lost after playing so much cricket. If his interest is still 100 per cent, I feel, he is good player and he should play.
“But, I just want to request him. Whenever he plays, he should play aggressively. Sometimes, reflexes slow down after certain age. But, Dhoni, it does not appear that the reflexes are slow. If he plays his natural game more, I feel that will be good for India.”
Azharuddin believes that MS Dhoni may reveal his international future after his two months rest period.
The former Indian captain said, “He has taken rest for two months. May be, he will tell after that what he will do. I feel he will take the right decision whenever it is to be taken.”
On the other hand, Mohammad Azharuddin has also given his view on the chief selector MSK Prasad’s recent logic not to select Ambati Rayudu in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
Azharuddin is not happy with MSK Prasad’s explanation about Ambati Rayudu
Ahead of the 2019 CWC, Rayudu played in regular ODIs where he had the role at the no.4 batting position. But, the national selectors ignored Rayudu for the 15-member World Cup squad. However, Rayudu was in the stand-by squad for that tournament.
Later, in the middle of the 2019 CWC, opener Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Vijay Shankar were ruled out due to their respective injuries. But, the selectors didn’t name Rayudu as the replacement. Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was the replacement of Dhawan, and the uncapped ODI player Mayank Agarwal replaced Shankar. Though Pant was in the stand-by squad, Agarwal was not in that stand-by squad.
Early this month, Rayudu announced his international cricket retirement.
On last Sunday (21st July), MSK Prasad claimed that team management demanded an opening batsman as the replacement of Shankar. So, the selectors picked Agarwal instead of Rayudu.
However, Mohammad Azharuddin doesn’t agree with Prasad’s explanation.
Azharuddin commented, “When a person is standing by, I feel the standby person should be picked, if any replacement is needed.
“If you are a selector, you can overrule captain and coach. You can put your foot down and say, ‘no, we will send this player’. When I was captain, I also wanted some players but the selectors said no. It happens. You are not selected, it is very sad. It happened like that. But, his (Prasad’s) explanation, I don’t agree with it.”
Mohammad Azharuddin wants to contest in the upcoming presidential election of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).