When is the right time for MS Dhoni Retirement, Debate continues
Some do well, but many others struggle with the moment when it comes to the dreaded “Word R” in the starry firmament of Indian cricket. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s continued future suspense revived the debate over whether the most significant icons of Indian cricket know when the time is right for MS Dhoni Retirement from the scene gracefully.
Dhoni, 38, has been on a gap year for more than two months and is unlikely to be available for tasks in India even in November.
However, there is no information as to whether you plan to call him one day from international cricket despite his clamour.
“It is highly unlikely that Dhoni will be available against Bangladesh (distance series). At BCCI, we prepare a 45-day match schedule (international and national), training, anti-doping parade draw for all senior cricketers and A-team players. There is nothing marked against Dhoni, ” a BCCI source told PTI.
It was learned that Dhoni would also not play the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand, which begins on Tuesday. “I think he (Dhoni) should leave without being expelled. We need to look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He, at least, is not on my team,” Sunil Gavaskar said recently as a national television expert.
However, then Gavaskar had always walked the talk as a cricketer.
No one did better than Gavaskar, who played one of his best innings in his Farewell Test against Pakistan, 96 in a Chinnaswamy “snake well,” where the ball jumped and turned square.
It was 1987 and Gavaskar was 37, but with his impeccable technique, he could have played well until the Pakistan tour in 1989.
However, no one knew the “art of leaving” better than Gavaskar, either in 22 yards or off. He knew he no longer enjoyed it, even though he could still have done banking on his muscle memory.
As the cliché says, one should retire when people ask “why” instead of “when,” which Vijay Merchant had once so succinctly said.
But not all great cricketers had a sense of time like Gavaskar.
Kapil Dev, one of the greatest to have had the national colours, was a pale shadow of his former self, after the tour of Australia in 1991.
There was a record insight, and Kapil continued despite the loss of pace. The then captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, would throw him away for a few minutes and then return to his spinners.
There was a feeling in India’s cricket fraternity that Javagal Srinath, one of the fastest bowlers of his time, lost three years of test cricket at home, as the establishment did not know how to send the message to Kapil.
“You start playing at 10, and you can debut at 20 and play until you’re 35. It’s 25 years of your life doing one thing. You’ve made money, your finances are in place, but all of a sudden you don’t know what else you’re good at. It’s not about money, it’s about the biggest image of life,” an Indian cricketer at a crossroads told PTI.
By trying to contact eminent cricketers, one could understand why everyone is cautious as they talk about the “retirement moment” as far as Dhoni is concerned.
Gavaskar has addressed the “Elephant in the Room” as far as the BCCI and the selection committee are concerned, but that is not the case with Dhoni’s contemporaries.
Most of them, who do not wish to quote, agreed that it has more to do with that last hurrah that drives them.
“Many times, you fall and feel angry. You want to try a point. You want to get off the ground. He desires his moment Sachin Tendulkar, albeit in a smaller way but with the feeling of warmth and a sense of achievement. Nobody wants that quiet goodbye. We live in a bubble, and we do not adapt to a quiet self,” said another recently retired cricketer.
If Gavaskar did it entirely well and Kapil did it very poorly, there are certainly some who could read the telltale signs as the end approached.
Sourav Ganguly, after those tumultuous years under Greg Chappell, had a tremendous two-year spend on Test Cricket, but when he announced his retirement before the 2008 Australian series, one could assess that he did not want another test of fire from the selectors. Under a new test captain, guess who? Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
It was at Dhoni’s suggestion that Ganguly and Rahul Dravid removed from the ODI side for being slow runners among the wickets.
If it was to read the signs, Dravid was even better. In 2011, he suddenly called to the ODI side following an excellent program of the Test series.
A veteran of many battles, Dravid did not allow the committee led by Krishnamachari Srikkanth to control his fate and announced that the ODI series will be the last in the limited overprint format.
Six months later and a bad series outside Australia later, he knew he had nothing left in the tank even though he would not have been dropped.
For Sachin Tendulkar, it was absolutely different as he wasn’t getting those hundreds, but he still looked good and scored runs.
Former selector chairman Sandeep Patil later confessed that they wanted to have a new ODI perspective and relayed the message to Tendulkar, which led him to withdraw from the ODI in December 2012.
Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were two players, who took the time to understand that Indian cricket had moved beyond them and had stayed longer than their invitation.
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been a great servant of Indian cricket. But like Sushant Singh Rajput, the Dhoni reel said in the blockbuster Story Untold Story,” “We’re all servants and we’re all fulfilling the national duty.”