The selectors should ask MS Dhoni about his retirement, Says Gautam Gambhir
Cricket player turned politician Gautam Gambhir asked Indian selectors to talk to MS Dhoni about his plan. Dhoni played for India for the last time in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, since then he has lost series to Windies and South Africa. The batter criticize for maintaining a slow pace of attack during the World Cup.
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“I’ve always kept this one thing. Retirement is an individual decision, and I think the selectors should talk to him and ask him about his plan. Ultimately, for me, playing in India, you shouldn’t choose and choose series.” Gambhir told reporters.
Wicket hitter Rishabh Pant, who is battling severe criticism for his poor show in the series against South Africa, was endorsed by Gambhir.
Pant managed to score only 23 runs in two T20I against Proteas; however, Gambhir said that the player should be given time as Pant is only 21 years old.
“Too much attention is being paid to a new player. He’s only 21, and he’s played for the last two and a half years. He’s got 200 on the Test cricket. We shouldn’t compare it to anyone, and the team management should back it up the right way. He is still young and has a long future ahead of him, ” Gambhir said.
“Team management should talk to Pant. Not only Kohli, but Ravi Shastri should also talk to him. Pant should have freedom, and if they stop him, he won’t play his potential. You have to accept that Pant won’t always get his shot selection right. In his day, he can win him a game, ” he added.
The former left-handed batter guaranteed Rohit Sharma to open the batting in the Test format and said the batter is too good a player to sit on the bench.
“If a player scores five hundred in the World Cup, then he should be given a chance in the Test format. If he’s on the trial team, then he must play. A player like him shouldn’t heat the bank,” Gambhir said.
Before the three-game Test series against South Africa, India suffered a significant setback when Jasprit Bumrah was excluded from the series due to a minor stress fracture in the lower back.
Gambhir said that not having Bumrah will be a significant setback as he is the number one bowler in the world.
“He’s the number one Test player in the world. India will miss you, and South Africa is not easy. It allows Ishant Sharma or Mohammad Shami to play all three Test games. Not having Bumrah will have an impact on the team, ” Gambhir said.
Previously, Gambhir had also stated that the current Indian captain Virat Kohli can efficiently lead the Indian cricket team, as he has players like Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni with him on the side.
He added that the efficiency of one’s captaincy is tested when you lead a franchise on the IPL.
“He still has a long way to go. Kohli was excellent at the last World Cup, but he has a long way to go. He capits so well in international cricket because he has Rohit Sharma, he had MS Dhoni for a long time “captaincy credentials are noticeable when you lead a franchise when you don’t have other players to support you,” Gambhir told reporters as he interacted with college students.
“I’ve been honest every time I’ve talked about this. See what Rohit Sharma has achieved for the Mumbai Indians, see what Dhoni has achieved for Chennai Super Kings. If you compare that to CPR, the results are there for everyone to see,” added legislator BJP.
The left-handed batter was instrumental in the winning teams of the Indian World Cup. The batter played winning matches in the T20 World Cup final in 2007 and 50 in the World Cup in 2011.
Cricket player announced his retirement in 2018 after completing 10,000 runs at the cricket List-A.