A few get it right but quite a few others struggle with the timing when it comes to the dreaded ‘R word’ in the star-spangled firmament of Indian cricket. The continued suspense over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s future has revived the debate on whether the biggest icons in Indian cricket know when the time is right to bow out of the scene gracefully.
The 38-year-old Dhoni has been on a sabbatical for more than two months now and is unlikely to be available for India assignments even in November. But there is no word on whether he plans to call it a day from international cricket despite a clamour for it.
“It’s highly unlikely that Dhoni will be available against Bangladesh (away series). In BCCI, we prepare a 45-day match schedule (international and domestic), training, anti-doping whereabouts chart for all senior and A team cricketer. There is nothing marked against Dhoni,” a BCCI source told PTI.
It has been learnt that Dhoni is also not going to play the Vijay Hazare National One-Day championship for Jharkhand which starts tomorrow.
“I think he (Dhoni) should be going without being pushed out. We need to look beyond Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He, at least, doesn’t figure in my team,” Sunil Gavaskar recently said.
Last time Dhoni was in action for India was in the 2019 World Cup semi-final against Zimbabwe. He was unavailable for selection in the subsequent limited-overs tour of West Indies and the T20I series against South Africa at home.