Former Indian allrounder Madan Lal has hailed MS Dhoni for his contributions after the latter announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday evening. He said that the growth in Indian cricket happened because of Dhoni after he led India to T20 World Cup 2007 and World Cup 2011 triumph.
MS Dhoni is the only captain to have three ICC trophies across all the tournaments. He ended India’s trophy drought after leading the team to the victory in the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup. Under his effective captaincy, the Men in Blue lifted the coveted World Cup trophy in 2011 after a long wait of 28 years. The wicketkeeper did the impossible possible after winning the low scoring grand-finale against England of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.
Madan Lal on MS Dhoni’s illustrious career:
While speaking to ANI, Madan Lal said that Dhoni was among the finest captains in the world. He added that if COVID-19 had not marred cricket schedules, the 39-year-old might have pushed his career. He reckons Dhoni would have played for team India had IPL 2020 not been postponed.
“If any team does not win constantly, then it gradually starts slipping down. Dhoni was among the finest captains in the world,” Lal said while speaking to ANI.
Lal added, “It seems Dhoni had already decided that 2019 World Cup would be his last. After his last match in the World Cup, he did not play even a single first-class match. Only a few T20 matches. Had this year’s IPL not delayed due to COVID-19, one could have seen him in action. Perhaps Dhoni would have regained his form too.”
MS Dhoni is of a rare breed: Madan Lal
However, Madan Lal acknowledged that retirement is always a personal decision for every cricketer but admitted that Dhoni’s space in the Indian team would be difficult to fill.
“We all knew Dhoni would retire one-day or the other. Anybody’s retirement is always a personal decision. It is always sad to see big cricketers retire. The vacuum created by them is difficult to fill. People like Dhoni come in decades just like Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, or Sunil Gavaskar. These cricketers are of a rare breed,” Lal further said.
MS Dhoni proclaimed his retirement through an Instagram post where he shared an emotional video clip. He captioned, “Thanks a lot for ur love and support throughout. from 1929 hrs consider me as Retired.”