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Dhoni must quit gracefully, says Gavaskar

Dhoni must quit gracefully, says Gavaskar
Mahendra Singh Dhoni

New Delhi - Dhoni was also a notable omission from India's Twenty20 squad for the ongoing three-match series against South Africa



By Reuters

Published: Fri 20 Sep 2019, 11:19 PM

Last updated: Sat 21 Sep 2019, 1:21 AM

The time has come for India's long-serving wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni to bow out of international cricket - and he should go before he's pushed, batting great Sunil Gavaskar said.
The veteran of 350 one-dayers, who quit playing Tests at the end of 2014, has not provided any hint of what his plans are.
However he made himself unavailable for India's tour of the West Indies.
Dhoni was also a notable omission from India's Twenty20 squad for the ongoing three-match series against South Africa.
"Nobody knows what's in MSD's mind. Only he can clarify what he thinks his future with Indian cricket is," former India captain and opening batsman Gavaskar told India Today.
"But he's now 38, by the time the next T20 World Cup comes he will be over 39 years old. I think India should be looking ahead."
India captain Virat Kohli who has publicly backed him on numerous occasions.
"His value to the side is always going to be fantastic. It's not just the runs he will score or the catches and the stumpings he will effect," said Gavaskar, who once held the record for most Test runs and centuries in the longest format of the game.
"His overall presence is so calming on the field, it's fantastic for the captain because the captain gets the benefit of his views. So that's a huge plus.
"But I think the time has come. Everybody has a shelf life," he added. "He should be going without being pushed out. He should be going on his own terms." 
 


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