5 Reasons why MS Dhoni shouldn’t retire after World Cup 2019
Dhoni with his performance in the Australia ODIs successfully shut down his critics, yet again!
Updated - Jan 19, 2019 1:37 pm
After a miserable 2018, former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni really came into his own right at the start of the new year. Playing in the tough Australian conditions after having spent three months off the field, MS Dhoni steered the team through to a series win. Even though he didn’t look the Dhoni of the old, he definitely made a point that he still has got a lot left in him.
The wicketkeeper batsman-scored 193 runs at the same average in three games. He was successful in getting the team over the line in two games while poor umpiring led to his downfall in the series opener. Thus, he was rightly adjudged the ‘Man of the Series’ and also became the oldest Indian to win this award. Dhoni now has got seven of these honours in his career till date.
Over the last few months, there have been several talks about the 37-year-old calling it quits after the World Cup 2019. Many claimed that he was finished after the poor show last year where he failed to hit at least one fifty. But, with the most recent of his performances, he has made a contention for himself to carry on even after the mega-event.
Here is why MS Dhoni should not quit any time soon:
1. Guiding light for the team and for the future of Indian cricket
Ever since he quit captaincy, MS Dhoni has taken up the role of a mentor for the Indian team. Irrespective of the field of discipline of a player, he is always there for help and advice. He’s been talking to the new batsmen giving them perspective on how to deal with the game situation, keepers as well as the bowlers – planning and plotting wickets. Because of his immense experience, young cricketers always look up to him and try to pick his brains.
Indian head coach Ravi Shastri after the series said that Rishabh Pant was talking to Dhoni every day during the Test series. With a lot of budding the doors of the Indian cricket team, having someone of his stature in the dressing room will help secure the future of Indian cricket. Also, he is the unofficial captain of the team in the death overs when Kohli usually fields at the deep. His knowledge will help the current Indian skipper as well to scale greater heights with this team.