Indian limited-overs opener Shikhar Dhawan has spoken for the first time on retirement buzz surrounding former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. It is to be noted that Dhoni wasn’t a part of the Carribean tour as well as home series against the Proteas.
Sources have now said that MS Dhoni will not be available for the upcoming series against Bangladesh as well. In the latest TV show ‘Aap Ki Adalat’ hosted by Rajat Sharma, Dhawan shared his opinion on the same.
“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“, said Dhawan.
Dhawan also highlighted the leadership skills of Dhoni and the responsibility he carried over the years.” 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“, said Dhawan.
Rishabh Pant was given opportunities in Dhoni’s absence across all formats to prove his competence in the Indian side. However, he wasn’t able to fill the shoes of the former to a greater extent.
Speaking on Pant, Dhawan said “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.”
Dhawan, not a part of Tests
After the 1-1 draw against the Proteas in the T20I’s the test series is all set to commence Wednesday(October 2). However, Shikar Dhawan who hasn’t been a part of whites for some time now will have a short break.
India will be looking to wrap up the home series in style and maintain its top spot in ICC World Test Championship table.