Shikhar Dhawan opens up on MS Dhoni's retirement speculations; reveals MSD's biggest quality
There has been a lot of talks going around the future of MS Dhoni. The veteran wicket-keeper has been on a sabbatical from cricket since India’s exit from the ICC World Cup 2019. Dhoni was unavailable for the limited-overs series against West Indies and South Africa and if reports are to be believed he will only return to playing ways against West Indies in November. Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan opened up about Dhoni’s future and also touched upon his qualities as a leader.
Dhawan said that he feels Dhoni understands when he should call it quits from cricket while adding the decision should be left completely on him. The flamboyant batsman further said that Dhoni has taken extremely decisions for India and will make the call on his retirement when the right time comes.
“Dhoni has been playing for so long, I feel he understands when he should retire. This should be his decision. He has taken very important decisions so far for India in his career and I’m sure he will make the call when the time comes,” Dhawan said.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, many youngsters made their debut while some of them becoming superstars later in their respective careers. Dhawan said Dhoni knows what potential a player holds and to what extent he should be backed while adding that the veteran glovesman knows how to make a champion out a player. Dhawan said Dhoni’s control is his biggest quality.
Dhawan later heaped praise on Dhoni for his leadership qualities and said everyone is grateful to him and respect him a lot. Dhawan added that when Kohli was young, Dhoni guided him and even now when Kohli is the skipper, Dhoni is always there to help him while further adding that it is good to see Kohli showing his gratitude towards Dhoni now.
“That’s the quality of a big leader. He knows the potential of every player and knows to what extent a player should be backed. He knows how to make a champion out of a player. India’s success during his captaincy justifies this. His (Dhoni’s) control is his biggest quality,” Dhawan said.
“Dhoni bhai has been quite successful as the captain of the side. We are all very grateful to him and we respect him a lot, and the same goes for Virat,” he said. “When Virat was young, he guided him immensely. Even when he became the captain, Dhoni bhai was always there to help him. This is the quality of a leader. It’s good to see that Virat is showing his gratitude to him now,” the Indian opener added.