‘Dhoni deserves a proper send-off, selectors should talk with him’: Ani Kumble
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the most successful Indian captains and has won many matches for the country. However, the 38-year-old’s future in international cricket has been a subject of debate and there are enough indications that the selectors are looking ahead.
Dhoni opted for a two-month sabbatical from cricket after an under par showing in the World Cup 2019 and thus missed out on a spot in the squads for the T20Is against the West Indies and South Africa.
However, former captain and spin legend Anil Kumble believes that the veteran wicket-keeper deserves a "proper send-off" and wants the selectors to have a "conversation" with him before preparing for a send-off befitting his contribution.
“MS Dhoni certainly deserves a proper send-off, whenever he decides to move on from the sport. But for the team's sake, the selectors need to sit down and have a discussion around what the plans are because it's important that things be communicated,” said Kumble in an interview to CricketNext.
“I think the selectors will have a take a call as to which is the likely team that you'd want in the World Cup because the World Cup is just a year away,” he added.
“You'd want a consistent team to be playing right throughout and that's exactly what didn't happen in the 50-over competition,” said Kumble while recalling the India’s campaign in 2019 World Cup.
Kumble also wants the selectors to decide in the next couple of months the way forward.
“For the team's sake, the selectors need to sit down and have as discussion around what the plans are because it's important that things be communicated. If the selectors believe that Dhoni is in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup, then I think he should be playing every game,” said Kumble.
“If he's not, then it's important that they have a discussion around how they need to make this happen. I think they need to do that in the next couple of months,” he added.
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