MS Dhoni has been out of action from the 22-yard circle since the 2019 World Cup semi-final and enjoying his break with family in his hometown Ranchi. Nonetheless, the debate regarding his future in international cricket refuses to die down in the cricketing fraternity with several experts and former players sharing their respective takes on the 38-year-old’s wicketkeeper-batsman’s road ahead.
Joginder Sharma, who became an overnight star and household name after Dhoni gave him the ball in the final over of the 2007 World Twenty20 (WT20I), has now joined the bandwagon and shared his thoughts regarding Dhoni. Lauding the veteran cricketer for being very strong, both physically and mentally, Joginder still believes that Dhoni has few more things to achieve and will sign off by featuring in the Team India line-up once again.
“Dhoni is very strong, both physically and mentally. There must be a lot of reasons behind the decision (to not play after the 2019 World Cup) he has taken. He has a family, a personal life, maybe he is preparing himself in a different way,” Joginder stated on the sidelines of the Ekamra Sports Literature Festival.
Joginder further reflected back on India’s historic triumph in the inaugural World Twenty20 (WT20I) in South Africa in 2007. “We had even lost to Bangladesh. So all the senior players took rest (opted out of T20s). It was almost a new team led by MS Dhoni as captain for the first time. There were a few senior players, the rest were all youngsters.
Nobody expected us to make it to the knockouts of the World T20. But we were being led by someone who went on to become one of the best captains in the game…the result was that we won the trophy,” added the cricketer-turned-DSP with Haryana Police.