Former Indian cricketers back MS Dhoni to continue till 2019 World Cup
Published - Oct 31, 2016 5:39 am | Updated - May 23, 2019 3:32 pm
There has been a fair degree of debate over the Indian limited overs skipper MS Dhoni’s future as ODI captain of India for last year or so. Some believe it’s time for him to call it a day and let Virat Kohli take over the reins. While many believe he is still fit and good enough to go on till 2019 World Cup.
India left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra said “By the time it’s time for the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni’s age would close to 38, but these days age isn’t a factor. Look at Pakistani players like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. They are still playing international cricket past the age of 40. And as far as Dhoni is concerned, he is fit enough to go on till 2019.”
“I don’t see any reason why Dhoni should retire from international cricket. After the New Zealand ODI series, he will get more than two months to rest and come back fresh for the ODIs against England. Dhoni will be fitter in the series against England than what you saw in the series against the Kiwis.”
Ravi Shastri who has worked with the Indian skipper as director of team India believes, “Dhoni is at par with greats like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. He is a big player and has it in him to play till the 2019. He is the kind of player who won’t be around if he is not able to deliver for India. He has played cricket on his own terms and will continue to do so.”
Kiran More thinks, “Fitness is the key issue when it comes to international cricket. Dhoni does not need to worry about that. His chances of playing till 2019 is very bright. India will need Dhoni and I am sure he is not going to walk away just like that.”
2019 World Cup is still far away. Before that, India will be eyeing the Champions Trophy in England next year. Before CT 2017, MS Dhoni will get only 8 more times to play for India. He has got a challenge in front of him to remain match fit despite there are not enough international matches before Champions Trophy. But we all believe he will come good.