Since the time India was into the World Cup 2019, the speculations of former Indian Capitan MS Dhoni’s retirement plans have started taking place, be it by fans or cricket players. He has been vacillating in recent times with his inconsistency in the World Cup. After the tournaments, Dhoni took a break from cricket and served the Indian Army. Further, he didn’t play the T20I and ODI series against West Indies.
Keeping out all these speculations aside, Dhoni’s childhood coach Keshav Banerjee, wanted him to play until the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia which is scheduled to be played in October next year. India, after the West Indies tour, is set to play three T20Is against South Africa in the month of October and it is still unknown whether Dhoni will play or not.
In the meantime, the former Indian batsmen Virender Sehwag had a word on the matter. Sehwag mentioned that retirement is completely Dhoni’s personal call. He also told that the selectors should have clear communication regards to his future.
“That is Dhoni’s personal call. If he thinks he is fit and can contribute like he used to, then why not continue. But if the selectors think that MSD can’t contribute, then they should tell him that we are giving you this last series. That should be communicated,” – Virender Sehwag
Earlier, the chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad said that Dhoni won’t be India’s first-choice when it comes to wicket-keeping. But, Sehwag mentioned that if two keepers are selected for a tour, then Dhoni will definitely come into the picture. Moreover, Sehwag feels that Dhoni should ask the selectors for a retirement match when he feels that it’s time to take a leave off from the sport.
“That communication should always be there between the selectors and the player. Don’t know whether the selectors have that communication or not. We have only read MSK Prasad giving a statement about selectors conveying to MSD that he is not their first choice.” – Sehwag added.
“So, that means they’ll pick Pant first and then if they have to pick a second keeper, they’ll pick Dhoni. That is not possible. After a time, Dhoni should decide and speak to selectors and ask for a retirement game. That is when he feels it is the right time to quit,” – Sehwag said.