MS Dhoni should leave cricket with dignity: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar added that he cannot truly understand why MS Dhoni dragged it for a long time as the right time for the former Indian skipper to retire was after last year’s ODI World Cup tournament. Shoaib Akhtar added that he hopes the 38-year-old MS Dhoni gets an emphatic farewell.

MS Dhoni should leave cricket with dignity: Shoaib Akhtar
MS Dhoni

“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 told news agency PTI from Islamabad.

“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 asked.

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MS Dhoni, who has not played a competitive game since the World Cup semifinal in July was preparing to make a much-anticipated comeback with the IPL, which is now unlikely to happen due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If he had done well in the lucrative Indian Premier League, then there would a clear-cut possibility of him playing the T20 World Cup in October-November.

Akhtar believes MS Dhoni is now in an uncertain situation but deserves a massive send-off despite the anti-climactic turn of events.

“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 added.

Akhtar said MS Dhoni should have retired after last year’s 50-over World Cup. “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 added.

“He should have played a farewell series after the World Cup may be and then said goodbye in a manner befitting his great stature,” he said.

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