Former Indian cricketer, Saba Karim, has suggested the BCCI to consider retiring the jerseys of Indian legends, including MS Dhoni. Lately, he has been quite open about his opinions. Karim has previously served the Indian team as a selector.
Dhoni scored India’s winning runs during their famous 2011 World Cup win. He is considered to be one of India’s greatest captains. As a token of respect to him and other Indian legends, Saba Karim felt their jersey numbers should be retired. Talking on the Khelneeti podcast, Karim said:
“I think not only MS Dhoni’s jersey, but the BCCI must also preserve the jerseys of many other Indian legends. They must also ensure that the jersey number of that legend is not worn by anyone else.”
Legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid have helped the growth of cricket in India. Recognizing their achievements is the right way forward, according to Karim.
“In this manner, one can recognize the achievements and the contributions of the greats of Indian cricket. Most importantly, by doing so, you give some much-deserved respect to such legends,” Karim stated.
“Dhoni is grooming a lot of youngsters” – Saba Karim
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, several under-performing players have thrived. This is nothing but a testimony to his potential as a possible mentor in the future. Keeping this in mind, Karim expressed his wish of seeing Dhoni continue to guide youngsters in the future.
“Dhoni is no longer part of international cricket. But I hope he can continue serving Indian cricket, just like he did all these years. He is grooming a lot of youngsters with the Chennai Super Kings. I wish he keeps mentoring and guiding young players at the state level as well. If that happens, it will be great for the future of Indian cricket,” Karim observed.