It’s About Country, Not Cricketer: Gautam Gambhir On MS Dhoni’s Future

Written by N Krishnamurthy

MS Dhoni is currently on a sabbatical from cricket and missed the bilateral series against the West Indies and South Africa after India’s exit from the 50-over World Cup, which concluded on July 14 at Lord’s. The man who led India to their second World Cup triumph in 2011 couldn’t impress much with the willow in England. Since then, MS Dhoni’s retirement has been one of the most talked-about issues in cricket. Former India opener Gautam Gambhir also spoke on the subject, opining that it’s not about MS Dhoni but the country and selectors should start looking to the future.

“I feel that retirement is something, which is a very individual decision. Till the time you want to play you’re allowed to play. But, ultimately you got to look into future as well,” Gautam Gambhir told The Indian Express.

“I don’t see Dhoni playing the next World Cup. I think whoever is the captain, Virat Kohli or whoever along side him, should have the courage to say if Dhoni is not part of the schemes for the next World Cup,” he said.

“It’s time for some of the the youngsters to get groomed and play for next four or five years because ultimately it’s not about Dhoni, it’s about country. It’s not about Dhoni staying till the next World Cup, it’s about the country winning the next World Cup.”

“You might want to give the opportunity to Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson, any young cricketer. They should get the opportunity. Personally, if you ask me, I think it’s time for Indian cricket to look beyond Dhoni,” he added.


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