If MS Dhoni thinks he can still win matches for India, he should play: Gautam Gambhir
Dhoni, who hasn’t played since the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year, is supposed to return to the cricket field as the leader of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL.Updated: Jul 26, 2020, 13:35 IST
MS Dhoni is back in the news. It is actually hard to find a time when he is not but with IPL all but confirmed to take place in the UAE in September after T20 World Cup was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Dhoni is back in the headlines again. And Dhoni has received a lot of backing from former India opener Gautam Gambhir.
Dhoni, who hasn’t played since the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July last year, is supposed to return to the cricket field as the leader of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL. Reacting on whether Dhoni should keep harbouring thoughts of a comeback in Team India, Gambhir said, he should continue playing if he thinks he can still win matches for India and if he is fit enough.
Gambhir, who played a lot of cricket with Dhoni, said, “Age is just a number, I think if you are in a very good form, if you are hitting the ball really well. “MS Dhoni, if he is hitting the ball really well, if he is very good form, if he is enjoying the game and if he thinks that he can still win the game for the country at that number – especially at six and seven,” Gambhir said in Star Sport show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Dhoni led the country in limited-overs formats from 2007 to 2016 and in Test cricket from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain to win all ICC trophies.
“If he is in great fitness and form, he should continue playing because no one can actually force anyone to retire,” Gambhir said
“A lot of experts can put a lot of pressure on people like MS Dhoni because of their age and stuff but again it’s an individual decision, when you started playing cricket it was your individual decision.”
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, among others.
Speaking about the IPL taking place in the UAE due to rising COVID cases in India, Gambhir said, “It does not matter where it goes but if it goes to UAE, it’s a great venue to play cricket in any format and plus most importantly I think it’s going to change the mood of the nation as well.
“It’s not about which franchise wins or which player scores runs or which guy takes wicket, it’s simply changing the mood of the nation. So this IPL probably will be bigger than the rest of the IPLs because I think this is for the nation.”
(With PTI inputs)