Sourav Ganguly talked about MS Dhoni's retirement: Details here

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18 Oct 2019

Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is at the business end of his career, having served Indian cricket for close to two decades.

Although it is not sure what is going inside Dhoni's mind, everyone has been discussing his retirement.

Meanwhile, the new BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly, who is scheduled to take charge of the body from October 23, spoke on the issue.

Ganguly wants to see what selectors feel

Selectors

Speaking on the issue, Ganguly said that he would be meeting the selectors to know their opinion, as the decision does not entirely lie with him.

He also wants to talk to Dhoni, if needed, to get clarity on what he wants.

"What he (Dhoni) wants to do, what he doesn't (want) to do...What matters is what Dhoni wants," said Ganguly, reports ESPNCricinfo.

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Ganguly wary of Virat Kohli's take on Dhoni's retirement

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Ganguly wary of Virat Kohli's take on Dhoni's retirement

Captain's take

Ganguly also said that the captain's take on Dhoni's retirement is important, but he does not expect him to jump ship right away and pass a statement.

"If Virat and the management expect Dhoni to come back and play, he will play. If they feel like moving forward, they would move forward. Of course, the selectors will also play an important role." he continued.

Dhoni yet to play for India following World Cup ouster

Current status

For now, Dhoni is on a sabbatical from the sport following the conclusion of India's World Cup campaign.

Dhoni has missed India's white-ball campaign against Windies and South Africa so far, while he is also set to miss the Bangladesh series in November, having extended his break until the month.

He is likely to play the T20Is against the Windies in December.

Ganguly feels Rishabh Pant would take time to become Dhoni

Fact

"I don't think there is any elephant in the room. Rishabh (Pant) is not Dhoni. Rishabh will not become Dhoni in the next three-four years. It took 15 years for Dhoni to become who he is," Ganguly further said on Pant replacing Dhoni.

Shastri wants Dhoni to resume playing before deciding his future

Shastri's take

Earlier, coach Ravi Shastri had said that while he had not met Dhoni following the World Cup, he wants him to resume playing before deciding his future.

"He has to first start playing and let's see how things go. I don't think he has started playing after the World Cup. If he's keen, he will definitely let the selectors know," he told The Hindu.

Dhoni's records in international cricket

Records

Following are some of the records held by Dhoni in international cricket:

- Only skipper to win all three ICC tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20).

- Has played the most matches as captain across formats.

- Only wicket-keeper to effect 150 stumpings across formats.

- The first batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs with an average of 50 plus.

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