October 25

MS Dhoni understands when he should retire: Shikhar Dhawan

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiSeptember 28, 2019UPDATED: September 28, 2019 14:30 IST MS Dhoni last played for India at World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShikhar Dhawan said MS Dhoni knows when he should bow out from international cricketHe knows the potential of every player, and knows to what extent a player should be backed: DhawanRishabh is very talented and I am sure he will have a long career for India: DhawanThe decision to call time on his illustrious international career is Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s sole prerogative as he knows a thing or two about taking important decisions, feels senior opener Shikhar Dhawan.The 33-year-old made his international debut under Dhoni’s captaincy and swears by the former India skipper’s penchant for understanding each and every player’s strength.”Dhoni has been playing for so long, I feel he understands when he should retire. This should be his decision. He has taken very important decisions so far for India in his career and I’m sure he will make the call when the time comes,” Dhawan told India TV.There was no one better than Dhoni when it came to optimising each and every player’s potential.”That’s the quality of a big leader. He knows the potential of every player, and knows to what extent a player should be backed. He knows how to make a champion out of a player. India’s success during his captaincy justifies this. His (Dhoni’s) control is his biggest quality,” Dhawan said.The members of the current team, including skipper Virat Kohli, has immense reverence for the Jharkhand dasher, said Dhawan.”Dhoni bhai has been quite successful as the captain of the side. We are all very grateful to him and we respect him a lot, and the same goes for Virat,” he said.Dhawan also spoke about the strong bond that Kohli and Dhoni share.”When Virat was young, he guided him immensely. Even when he became the captain, Dhoni bhai was always there to help him. This is the quality of a leader. It’s good to see that Virat is showing his gratitude to him now,” he said.advertisementThe southpaw also backed under-fire Delhi teammate Rishabh Pant, whose performance has come under the scanner lately.”Rishabh is very talented and I am sure he will have a long career for India. He is trying hard. There are situations when you don’t score, but then you learn from them. It happens with everyone and I’m sure he will learn from it.”He (Pant) is a good player and we need to back good players. Even I went through rough patches in my life, and I still do. It is part and parcel of this game,” Dhawan said in an assuring tone.Also Read | Struggled to hold back my tears when MS Dhoni got out in World Cup semi-final: Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Read | Rohit Sharma out for 0 in India Board President’s XI vs South AfricaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Shikhar DhawanFollow Rishabh PantFollow India national cricket team MS Dhoni understands when he should retire: Shikhar DhawanIndia opener Shikhar Dhawan said he and his teammates, including captain Virat Kohli, respect MS Dhoni and that the veteran wicketkeeper knows when to retire from international cricket.advertisementlast_img read more