“MS Dhoni Deserves A Proper Send-Off”: Anil Kumble

Written by Vipin Darwade

MS Dhoni led India to victory in the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 and continues to captain the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman doesn’t seem to be a sure-shot selection in the team for the T20 World Cup 2020, to be held in Australia next year. MS Dhoni opted for a two-month sabbatical from cricket after an under par showing in the World Cup 2019 and thus missed out on a spot in the squads for the T20Is against the West Indies and South Africa.

Former India captain and coach Anil Kumble believes MS Dhoni deserves a “proper send-off” whenever that happens, adding that the selectors need to streamline approach ahead of the T20 World Cup.

“MS Dhoni certainly deserves a proper send-off, whenever he decides to move on from the sport. But for the team’s sake, the selectors need to sit down and have a discussion around what the plans are because it’s important that things be communicated,” Kumble told CricketNext in an interview.

“I think the selectors will have a take a call as to which is the likely team that you’d want in the World Cup because the World Cup is just a year away,” he added.

“There were a lot of changes leading up to the World Cup. We were still not sure about who that number 4 would be, the whole World Cup we kept on discussing who should bat at number 4, and that’s not what you want leading up to the 20-over World Cup. You’d want all those roles and responsibilities to be fixed and make sure that you have back-ups for certain positions, just in case somebody gets injured or if somebody’s out of form,” he added.

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