Whatever it maybe, a team without MS Dhoni is beyond one’s wildest dreams. Without even looking at in a different light, MS Dhoni is India’s most successful ODI skipper in what the legend piloted the team win an ODI World Cup after 28 years, which was a great sense of accomplishment.
But the question is will MS Dhoni continue to play till 2019 World Cup in England? According to the experts, if one is fit as a fiddle, then one can play as many matches for the national team. Being physically fit is not MS Dhoni’s concerns as he is always qualified in that state.
If sources are to be believed, MS Dhoni may won’t call it a day as he still has loads left under his cards to deliver the much-needed amends for team India. MS Dhoni’s judgement day will more likely depend on the team’s performance of the upcoming 2017 Champions Trophy according to some sources around him added TOI.
In the just concluded ODI series versus New Zealand, MS Dhoni gave a lot of opportunities for the youngsters to experiment the cricketing conditions. With the way the ODI skipper led the team and guided the lads to a 3-2 series victory was far more convincing.
With MS Dhoni being no more an asset to Test format and to continue to push on well in the One-Day matches and the shorter versions, the continuous pressure on the skipper is bit relieved. India’s prolific fast bowler Ashish Nehra backed MS Dhoni to carry on till the 2019 World Cup.
“By the time it’s time for the 2019 World Cup, Dhoni’s age would close to 38, but these days age isn’t a factor.Look at Pakistani players like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq. They are still playing international cricket past the age of 40. And as far as Dhoni is concerned, he is fit enough to go on till 2019,” Nehra told TOI.
“I don’t see any reason why Dhoni should retire from international cricket. After the New Zealand ODI series, he will get more than two months to rest and come back fresh for the ODIs against England.
Dhoni will be fitter in the series against England than what you saw in the series against the Kiwis,” Nehra added.
The former Indian selector Rathore also came in support of MS Dhoni to keep going till the next vital World Cup tourney. “Dhoni can definitely play on if he wants to. I don’t see any issue with his fitness. He is actually looking fitter than what I have seen earlier. If Nehra can come back at the age of 37, Dhoni can also do it. Remember, age is just a number,” Rathore explained.
Even former Team Director and current commentator Ravi Shastri encouraged the Indian ODI skipper to continue delivering the needs. “Dhoni is at par with greats like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar. He is a big player and has it in him to play till the 2019. He is the kind of player who won’t be around if he is not able to deliver for India. He has played cricket on his own terms and will continue to do so,” Shastri added.