Is it time for MS Dhoni to hang his boots from international cricket? Shane Watson gives his take
The debate surrounding veteran Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni's future seems to be a never-ending one amid speculations of his retirement. Dhoni has remained out of action for the Men in Blue since the conclusion of the ICC World Cup 2019 and is yet to make any official announcement regarding his future in international cricket. Several former cricketers have had their say on Dhoni's retirement and maintained that the former Indian captain should be given appropriate time to make up his mind and decide what he plans to do.
The latest to join the bandwagon is former Australian cricketer and Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Shane Watson, who believes Dhoni is stilly playing "incredibly well" and it's on him to decide about his future with the Men in Blue. Watson has enjoyed two great seasons in the Indian Premier League (IPL) under Dhoni's captaincy at the Chennai Super Kings and has witnessed his leadership from close quarters having won the title in 2018 and finishing as runners-up last season.
"He has still got the skill. But it is down to him to decide. He still moves incredibly well, runs hard between the wickets and has beautiful hands. Whatever he does, it will be the right thing because he knows what lies ahead," Watson was quoted as saying by PTI on Dhoni's retirement speculations.
Dhoni, who played a key role in India's run to the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup, had requested the BCCI for a two-month-long break after the team's exit from the showpiece event. Dhoni served with his battalion in the Indian Army for 15 days in Jammu and Kashmir where he did guard and patroling duties alongside training with the soldiers.
After serving in the army Dhoni left for the US where he reportedly took part in a golf tournament before returning to his hometown Ranchi last month. Dhoni has extended his sabbatical from international cricket having made himself unavailable for selection in the recently concluded T20I series against South Africa. The 38-year-old is expected to return later this year when West Indies travel to India for a limited-overs tour.
In his absence, youngster Rishabh Pant has been roped in as the number one wicketkeeper in the limited-overs format while Wriddhiman Saha continues to don the gloves in Tests.