India’s most successful captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s retirement from cricket may not be in the near future as the flamboyant player looks forward to forming the best team for 2019 World Cup in England. Sources close to MS Dhoni confirmed that the best finisher of the Indian cricket will go on to play till the World Cup and will do his best to assure India its third World Cup.
Earlier, Dhoni said during a media interaction that he will take a call on his career after the conclusion of Champions Trophy in England, scheduled to be held from June 2017. The tournament will feature the team which Dhoni likes to play for the 2019 World Cup at the same venue. In fact, Dhoni’s preparations for the World Cup can be spotted in the recently concluded New Zealand series, which saw young guns playing in the place of seniors like Ashwin and Raina. Also, the Indian skipper acknowledged during the post-match presentation of the Vizag ODI that he was happy as the young players got exposed to different conditions during the series which will help them to transform into a complete player.
On the other hand, senior player Ashish Nehra extended his support for MS Dhoni when asked about the ideal time when Dhoni should retire. “I do not see any reason on why Dhoni should retire. He is playing very good cricket as he always does. He is the best and the most successful captain that the Indian cricket has ever seen. We need more of such men to serve the Indian cricket team, so why should we consider retiring him?. Looking at the form he is in, I would want him to play on till the 2019 World Cup in England”.
Former cricketer Ravi Shastri too batted for the Indian ODI skipper. “He is one of the legends who can proudly stand with greats like Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. One of the greatest finishers that the world cricket has ever seen. We don’t have any immediate replacement for Dhoni’s wicket-keeping skills if he leaves the team all of a sudden. So the best thing for the Indian cricket team will be to make Dhoni play on till the World Cup and in the mean time ‘groom a wicket-keeper to match the needs of the Indian cricket’, he added.