The doubting Thomases “should be careful” about what they wish for as there is no second coming for a once-in-a-generation player like MS Dhoni if people “push him into retirement”, former England captain Nasser Hussain said on Saturday. However, former India cricketer Kris Srikkanth said if he had been in the selection committee, he would have thought Dhoni’s chances are very bleak because of the presences of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant.
Hussain, one of the most respected voices in world cricket feels that the soon-to-be 39-year-old former India captain still has a lot to offer in Indian cricket.
“Once Dhoni is gone, there is no getting him back. There are some legends of the game, appreciating while around because they are once-in-a-generation cricketer and don’t push him into retirement too early. Only Dhoni knows his mental state and in the end, the selectors select and players turn up when asked to,” 52-year-old Hussainsaid on Cricket Connected.
Krishnamachari Srikkanth also shared his views on MS Dhoni’s chances of making it to the Indian team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.
“I am not going to be diplomatic. I am talking about if I was the chairman of the selection committee, what would I do. If the IPL does not happen then his chances are very, very bleak. Because straightaway, in my opinion, KL Rahul will be the wicketkeeper-batsman,” he said.
“Rishabh Pant, I still think he might be a bit of a doubt, but I believe that Rishabh Pant is highly talented. So, I wouldn’t mind taking him along with the squad.”
He concluded by saying, “If the IPL doesn’t happen, then Dhoni will have a difficult time getting back into the team for the T20 World Cup. Let’s be very honest about it. He is absolutely fit, he is a legend, he is brilliant. But the question is for the World Cup team. So you’ll have to put the Indian team first and then the individuals.”
Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in July. Since then he hasn’t played any competitive cricket with former legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev making it clear that it’s getting increasingly difficult for the Jharkhand dasher to make an international return after such prolonged sabbatical.
But Hussain, who led England from 1999-2003, feels otherwise. “Is MS Dhoni still good enough to get in the Indian side? It is as simple as that. That should apply for anyone across the board. What I have seen of Dhoni, I still think MS Dhoni has a huge amount to offer for Indian cricket,” he said.
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