MSK Prasad, the Chairman of Selectors is not at all worried after MS Dhoni’s announcement of stepping down as the skipper of India’s ODI and T20. Prasad instead believes that Dhoni made the right decision and that he will be of much help to Virat Kohli, who is all set to take over the captaincy from Dhoni and help India fair well in the 2019 World Cup.
The decision was made during tea on day four of the Ranji Trophy semi-final between Gujarat and Jharkhand when MS Dhoni had a long conversation with MSK Prasad. Talking about the meeting with Dhoni where the 35-year-old said “Ok, that’s it”, Prasad did not fail to admit he would have been worried had the decision been made earlier but he saluted Dhoni for his great timing and the minimal fuss with which he announced his decision to give up captaincy.
“Had Mahi taken the decision one year or even six months earlier, I would have been a bit worried. But I salute him for his sense of perfect timing. He knew that Virat is now a proven customer who has done exceptionally well as a leader in Test. So it is a correct decision by Dhoni. It showed that he had the best interest of Indian cricket in his mind,” Prasad said.
This time again, Dhoni’s decision was unexpected. He caused a flutter as he stumped everyone by announcing that he was stepping down from limited-overs captaincy but the chairman of selectors believes that the 35-year-old still has a couple of years of international cricket left in him.
The decision came as a shock to many as Dhoni was mentoring Jharkhand during the Ranji Trophy semi-final in Nagpur which they lost. He was seen giving advice to the youngsters in the side including former India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan.
Hopefully, Virat Kohli will continue the legacy which Dhoni will leave behind.