MS Dhoni will retire once he is certain India's future is in safe hands:National selector

A member of the national selection committee was surprised at how fans were curious about Dhoni's future, and mentioned that the wicket-keeper has allowed Rishabh Pant to develop by opting out selflessly.
MS Dhoni will retire once he is certain India's future is in safe hands:National selectorMS Dhoni will retire once he is certain India's future is in safe hands:National selector
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MS Dhoni, who has taken a two month break from cricket, and hence, was not selected in the T20I team for the upcoming series against South Africa, has given the selectors time to build a team for the T20 World Cup next year, and will only retire when he is certain that the team's future is in safe hands. 

A member of the national selection committee was surprised at how fans were curious about Dhoni's future, and mentioned that the wicket-keeper has allowed Rishabh Pant to develop by opting out selflessly. 

"There is no question of ignoring him. On the contrary, he has given us time to go ahead and plan the future keeping an eye on the World T20 next year. He realises that the team comes before public opinion and considering the fact that we still don't have a genuine replacement if Rishabh Pant gets injured in the shorter format, Dhoni has agreed to hold on. At present, there is no question of ignoring him. Also, just prior to the West Indies tour, he took a two-month sabbatical. I am sure we are all good with our maths," he pointed.

The selector also stated that there have been no talks about Dhoni's future as of now. "No. We are yet to sit down with him and talk about the roadmap ahead and that is why he has given us some time to chalk out our plans and look at the options that we have at our disposal. Life beyond Dhoni isn't something that looks too bright if Pant is injured for some reason or has to miss the World T20."

The team management clearly knows what he brings to the table. Even today, we don't have his replacement as a finisher. Anybody who has played even one game on the international stage knows the weight of those boots. If we did have finishers, wouldn't we get Dhoni to bat at the top and give him the leeway to get into the groove? But even during the World Cup, we knew that his experience was needed if the tail had to be guided and even though critics have questioned the decision to hold Dhoni back in the semi-final, did you see what he almost achieved?

"It is very easy to comment on someone's game when he has played 350 ODIs and 98 T20Is. He has won the team more games than many have watched in their life. In today's age of technology, do you think opposition bowlers don't look at his strong and weak zones? They also take the field to compete. They wouldn't be bowling at MS and want him to tonk them out of the park. Let's be honest, we still don't have a replacement if Pant gets injured in the shortest format of the game," he signed off.

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