India head coach Ravi Shastri has given his views on the future of MS Dhoni and as per him, the former India captain has earned the right to retire whenever he wants to. Of late, there has been much talk bout Dhoni’s future especially now when he has missed three international series on the trot after World Cup 2019.
“Half the guys commenting on MS Dhoni can’t even tie their shoelaces. Look at what he’s achieved for the country. Why are people in a hurry to see him off? Maybe, they don’t find enough talking points. He and everybody who knows him know he’ll be going away soon. So, let it happen when it has to. Making statements at his expense is downright disrespectful. After 15 years of playing for India, wouldn’t he know what’s the right thing to do?” Shastri told Times of India.
After the team selection for the Bangladesh T20Is, India chief selector MSK Prasad had said that they have moved on from Dhoni but Shastri has hinted that Dhoni will only retire when the team finds a suitable replacement for him.
In 2014, he quit Test cricket when India had Wriddhiman Saha ready in their ranks. Come 2019, Rishabh Pant is yet to fix his place in the limited-overs team and with two T20 World Cups lined up in next two years, there is little time for India to get a wicketkeeper ready for the job.
As for now, it is confirmed that Dhoni will not be playing any sort of international cricket and will only take a call on his international future when team India will find a wicketkeeper-batsman who can replace him in white-ball cricket as well.
He has been confirmed to play the next season of the Indan Premier League and his form in the tournament will have a great say in deciding whether he will continue to play.
In his absence, Rishabh Pant has been confirmed to be given a long run. He has played all the white-ball matches since the World Cup but hasn’t shown the confidence. His shot selection and criticism from the team management saw him being dropping from playing XI in Tests and similar could be the case in other two formats as selectors have recalled Sanju Samson for the shortest format.
The upcoming fixtures will be an opportunity for the World Cup hopefuls to do well and retain their spots for the tournament.