The ongoing lockdown due to the Coronavirus pandemic has not only stalled all the sporting action around the globe but has also put a question mark over the return of live game time on our television sets. With the fate of highly-anticipated Indian Premier League (IPL) hanging in balance because of the deadly virus, it is not clear when the cricket-crazy fans will catch a glimpse of their favourite stars on the field. One such player is MS Dhoni, whose return to competitive cricket was eagerly on the minds of every cricket fanatic.Also Read - T20 World Cup 2021: Dhoni is A Big Factor, Kohli is a Legend: Younis Khan, Mohammad Amir Hand India Early Advantage vs Pakistan
Dhoni has not played any form of cricket since the culmination of ICC Cricket World Cup in England last year. The 38-year-old was expected to return to the fold while captaining his franchise Chennai Super Kings in the 13th edition of IPL. But with no clarity over the future of T20 league, Dhoni’s plans to return to the national side is also in jeopardy. Also Read - Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah Will be Team India's X-Factor During T20 World Cup 2021: Ajit Agarkar
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain, on Saturday, said that Indian should not push Dhoni into retirement. He feels people ‘should be careful’ about what they wish for as there is no second coming for a once-in-a-generation player like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Also Read - Tim Paine's Olive Branch to England Pacer James Anderson After Controversial Remark
“Once Dhoni is gone, there is no getting him back. There are some legends of the game, appreciating while around because they are once-in-a-generation cricketer and dont push him into retirement too early. Only Dhoni knows his mental state and in the end the selectors select and players turn up when asked to,” 52-year-old Hussain told Star Sports on its new show ‘Cricket Connected’.
Hussain, one of the most respected voices in world cricket feels that the soon-to-be 39-year-old former India captain still has a lot to offer in Indian cricket.
Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July. Since then he hasn’t played any competitive cricket with former legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev making it clear that it’s getting increasingly difficult for the Jharkhand dasher to make an international return after such prolonged sabbatical.
But Hussain, who led England from 1999-2003, feels otherwise.
“Is MS Dhoni still good enough to get in the Indian side? It is as simple as that. That should apply for anyone across the board. What I have seen of Dhoni, I still think MS Dhoni has a huge amount to offer for Indian cricket,” he said.
However one of England’s shrewdest captains admitted that Dhoni did err on a couple of occasions during World Cup where he couldn’t force the pace of the innings.
While Hussain’s comments didn’t specify which match he was talking about but it is in all likelihood the games against West Indies and England where he failed to force the pace of the Indian innings.
“Yes, its been one or two occasions where he (MSD) got it wrong in run chases, there was a World Cup game in England where he sort of blocked at the end for some unknown reason, but in general MS Dhoni is still a really good talent and be careful what you wish for,” elaborated Hussain.