MS Dhoni has not played any competitive cricket since the semifinal of last year’s ICC World Cup in England. India lost the match against New Zeland and eventually crashed out of World Cup. Former India captain has withdrawn himself from the subsequent series that India played. Since the semifinal match, many people thought that MS Dhoni is going to retire from international cricket. But no such announcement has been made either by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) or from MSD himself. Recently team India coach Ravi Shastri had said, if Dhoni plays well for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League(IPL), then he might get a chance to come back into the national side before the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in Australia from October this year. But with coronavirus pandemic, IPL 2020 looks very uncertain. The tournament was supposed to begin on 29th March. But later it was postponed until the 15th of April. With the prevailing situation in the country, the lockdown period is all set to be extended. Which means IPL 2020 will have to be pushed further. Now the question that is doing the round in cricket circle is this – if IPL 2020 doesn’t happen, what will be Dhoni’s future? Will he be able to make a comeback for one last time? Or he has to hang his boots very soon?
Now former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has opened up about this issue. According to Rawalpindi Express, Dhoni should have retired after the World Cup semifinal match last year. He seems to think that there is no point for Dhoni to wait for a comeback into the national team. “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”, said Akhtar as quoted by the Times of India.
Shoaib Akhtar feels, there is no point in hanging out there if one player is not 100 percent into the game. He further added, “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 2011 World Cup) as I wasn’t into the game 100 percent. So why drag?”