MS Dhoni will only step aside when he feels like: Chris Gayle

MS Dhoni will only step aside when he feels like: Chris Gayle

Chris Gayle and MS Dhoni
Indian cricket team skipper MS Dhoni and West Indies player Chris Gayle. (Photo by Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

Indian cricket is in a position where they have a promising bunch of individuals in and around the team. They have those with the experience of having delivered at the highest level for some time along with the ones who have the potential to serve the country for years to come. And when the state of affairs is such, it is usually seen that the baton of leadership is also passed on from the one who sailed the team through the transition to the one who is going to make the most of the available resources and lead them into the next era. MS Dhoni is moving towards the twilight of his career while it is young Virat Kohli who is creating waves so significant that are felt around the cricketing universe.

Irrespective of what the experts and critics have had to say, Dhoni has been adamant and hasn’t accepted that it’s time he should move away. He believes he has some cricket left in him and can captain the team in the approaching World Cup 2019. But as age is taking a toll on his finishing skills we once again hear the resonating sounds asking him to rethink. West Indies smasher Chris Gayle who is in India to launch and promote his autobiography ‘Six Machine’ feels that Dhoni has all the right to decide when he should retire.

He is the most successful Indian captain across formats and undoubtedly the best finisher team India has ever had in limited overs cricket. MSD has at various points in his life and career defied the common notion and opinion and he definitely has it in him to do so even today. In an exclusive chat with ANI Gayle said, “MS Dhoni will only step aside when he feels like, no one can tell him to leave,”

In the last couple of years, the Jamaican has had trouble with his body, undergoing surgeries and also with the board. That has seen him appear in more T20 leagues around the world than for West Indies. But he isn’t done as yet, he wants to represent the country in ODIs as well as Tests. “I will be looking to comeback to play in the 50-over and Test matches. That is definitely on the cards,” Gayle said.

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This is not the first time that he has spoken publically and backed the Indian limited overs skipper. Earlier at an event in Chennai Gayle had said, “MS (Dhoni) is king in both Chennai as well as India! It won’t be long before he comes back to action (with the Chennai Superkings in the IPL). We have been missing him since the last two years,”