MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket. Ever since this news came out, many former cricketers have suggested that a farewell match should be organized for Mahi. Now former Pakistan pace bowler Shoaib Akhtar has expressed his opinion on this matter. He believes that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi might request Dhoni to play in the 2021 T20 World Cup.
“I think he could have played T20 cricket, he could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. And the way India supports its stars, the way they love them and recognizes them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice,” said Akhtar while speaking to a YouTube channel ‘BolWasim’.
Rawalpindi express also highlighted the fact that Dhoni has won all the ICC trophies for India. So, considering him for next year’s T20 World Cup will not be a bad choice. “But again he has won everything, a person from Ranchi has rocked the whole of India, what else do you need. At the end of the day, the world should remember you. And a nation like India, they will never let you get forgotten,” Akhtar added.
MS Dhoni deserves a grand farewell, says Shoaib Akhtar
Shoaib Akhtar mentioned that fact that Dhoni has done so much for Indian cricket, the country owes him a grand farewell. “India will be geared up to give him a farewell game, trust me. If he doesn’t want it, it is a different thing, but India will be ready. The whole stadium will be booked for him to play a couple of T20 matches and then go after that,” the 45-year-old former pacer further said.
Reiterating the fact how Pakistan player Imran Khan stretched his career on request of
General Zia-ul-Haq, Akhtar said that India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi might request Dhoni to play the next T20 WC. “You never know, the Prime Minister may call him and request him to play the T20 World Cup. That is also possible. Imran Khan was asked by General Zia-ul-Haq not to leave cricket after 1987, and he played. You cannot say no to the Prime Minister,” he concluded.