MS Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

MS Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar

Dhoni is currently playing for India in the Asia Cup.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Indian captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar suggests MS Dhoni should be more active in domestic cricket. Dhoni plays for Jharkhand and also acts as the side’s mentor. However, he hasn’t featured for Jharkhand in a while. While the Vijay Hazare Trophy is on at the moment, MS Dhoni is on national duty representing India in the ongoing Asia Cup.

India are the defending champions, and MSD has been doing a fine job with the gloves. In Rohit Sharma’s absence, he also captained India against Afghanistan, achieving a personal milestone of leading India in 200 ODIs. The World Cup-winning captain has already retired from the longest format of the game. In ODIs and T20Is, he has handed the captaincy to Virat Kohli who leads India in all three formats.

Dhoni, however, remains arguably India’s best gloveman but has been struggling for runs in the middle order. MS was amongst the runs during the 2018 edition of the IPL, where the Chennai Super Kings returned after being suspended for two years. Dhoni led CSK to a third IPL title and scored 455 runs from 16 matches, averaging just under 76. In the Asia Cup though, Dhoni has struggled for runs: he’s only scored 41 runs off 3 matches.

MS an inspiration for domestic players: Gavaskar

When asked if Mahi should be playing domestic cricket, Sunil Gavaskar said, “Absolutely, Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.”

“I know he travels with the team, he acts as their mentor, but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar added.

Meanwhile former India opener Virender Sehwag believes that Rishabh Pant should be the next man to don the gloves for India after the 2019 World Cup. MS Dhoni has not spoken about retirement plans, but it is likely that the 2019 World Cup will be his last.

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