Dhoni should retire from cricket with respect and dignity rather than being kicked out: Sunil Gavaskar

Gavaskar said that getting kicked out will be an insult and humiliation for one of the greatest Indian captains of India.
Dhoni should retire from cricket with respect and dignity rather than being kicked out: Sunil GavaskarMS Dhoni's last played in World Cup semi-final against New Zealand. (Photo: Getty)
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MS Dhoni's retirement rumors have been doing the rounds for quite some time. Sakshi Dhoni his wife and chief selector MSK Prasad had cleared the air regarding Dhoni's retirement and said that he has not yet given any intimation regarding the same. With Rishabh Pant been chosen as the wicketkeeper across all formats, the indications are very clear that Dhoni ' spot in the side is no longer guaranteed.  

During an interview with India Today, former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has stated MSD’s international cricketing career time is over and hence, the team needs to look beyond MS Dhoni.

Speaking on Dhoni’s future, Gavaskar told India Today, "Nobody knows know what is in MSD's mind. Only he can clarify what he thinks his future with Indian cricket is. But I think with him being 38 now, India should be looking ahead. Because by the time the next T20 World Cup comes around he will be 39 years old."

Dhoni made himself unavailable for selection for India's tour of West Indies in August as he took one and a half month sabbatical to train with the Para Regiment of the Indian Army in Kashmir. For the home series against South Africa too, the veteran wicket-keeper made himself for selection for the current T20I series as he went on a holiday trip to US with his family.

The former Indian cricketer also stated that time is up for the 38-year-old cricketer and he should retire from international cricket with respect and dignity rather than being kicked out by the selectors.

Getting kicked out by the selectors would be an insult and humiliation for one of the greatest Indian captains of India, said the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian cricketer. 

Lastly, Gavaskar reiterated, "Everybody has a shelf life and I do believe with the greatest of respect to Dhoni and I am a fan as millions of others; I just believe he should be going without being pushed out. He should be going on his own terms."

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