- Former paceman Akhtar said that Dhoni should have retired only after the ODI World Cup last year.
- Akhtar said, why Dhoni kept this decision hanging for so long, he does not know about it
- I retired after World Cup 2011 because I was not able to give 100 percent to the game, said Akhtar
- Dhoni has not played any competitive matches since the World Cup semi-finals in July last year.
There has been speculation since the World Cup-2019 about the retirement of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Now former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar said that Dhoni should have retired only after the ODI World Cup last year. He also said that why the former Indian captain has kept this decision hanging for so long, he does not know about it.
Akhtar said that he expected Dhoni’s 38-year-old to be given a good farewell, even though it is not yet known when the games will start. He told PTI from Islamabad, “This player has served cricket to its full potential. He should say goodbye to cricket with all due respect. I don’t know why they took it so long. He should have retired only after the World Cup. ‘
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He said, ‘If I were in his place, I would have retired. I could play three-four more years in a shorter format but I retired (after the World Cup 2011) because I was not able to give 100 percent to the game. So why wait for the verdict. ‘
Dhoni has not played any competitive matches since the World Cup semi-finals in July last year. He was busy preparing for the IPL, but due to the Kovid-19 epidemic, now the tournament is uncertain. Had he done well in the IPL, he would have been expected to play in the T20 World Cup to be held in October-November.
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Akhtar believes that Dhoni is now hanging in the balance but despite adversity he deserves a spectacular farewell. He said, ‘As a country you should bid them farewell with all due respect and dignity. He won the World Cup for you and has done well for India. He is also a very good person but still feels that he is hanging in the balance. ‘
He said, “When he (against New Zealand) could not win the team in the semi-finals, I think he should have retired only then.” They can answer why they did not do so. ‘
Akhtar said, “They should have either played in the World Cup farewell series and said goodbye to cricket in a spectacular manner.”