Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar on Sunday stated that former India skipper MS Dhoni should have retired after the 2019 World Cup. Speaking to information company PTI, the previous Pakistan speedster stated that Dhoni might have performed a farewell collection after the World Cup after which known as it quits. “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,” Akhtar stated.
“If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn’t into the game 100 per cent. So why drag?” he added.
Akhtar additional added that India should permit the wicketkeeper to hold up his boots as deserves a pleasant ship-off, however added that he appears “stuck” in the intervening time. “As a country, you should let him go with a lot of respect and dignity. Give him a nice send off. He has won you the World Cup and done wonders for India. He is a wonderful human being at the same time. But right now, he seems to be stuck,” he stated.
“When he could not finish the game in the semifinal (against New Zealand). I felt he should have retired but he can only answer why he didn’t,” he stated. “He should have played a farewell series after the World Cup may be and then said goodbye in a manner befitting his great stature.”
Dhoni, who has not performed a aggressive recreation because the World Cup semifinal in July, was making ready to make a a lot-anticipated comeback with the IPL, which is now unlikely to happen because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If he had finished properly within the IPL, there was a risk of him taking part in the T20 World Cup in October-November. But with the event’s destiny unclear, it appears unclear whether or not followers will get to see Dhoni return to cricket in an Indian jersey.
(With PTI inputs)