‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar is relieved over MS Dhoni’s decision to continue playing in the limited-overs format. ”If he had quit as a player, then I would have been the first one outside his house asking him to make a comeback,” Gavaskar said in an interview with NDTV.
The legendary Indian batsman continues to believe in MS Dhoni’s match-winning abilities. “As a player, he is still a destroyer. He can change fortunes of the game in a single over,” he added.
Dhoni captained India in 199 ODIs and 72 T20Is since taking over the reign in 2007. He is the only player in the world to have captained his side to all the three major ICC titles.
But his announcement does not come as a total shock because the Jharkhand cricketer had, earlier, taken the cricketing world by storm when he retired from Test cricket midway through the series against Australia.
Gavaskar believes that the decision of retiring as a captain was bound to come eventually. The Indian legend, however, admitted that it has come sooner than anticipated.
He also threw full weight behind the idea of Virat Kohli being named captain, as he felt that the 28-year-old is mature enough to fulfill his role as Indian skipper.
The upcoming ODI and T20 series against England will start on January 15 in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. An interesting team dynamic will be on display when Dhoni will step out on the field as a player and Kohli as the captain. It will be interesting to see how these two stars gel together to take Indian cricket forward.
Dhoni has been a selfless man for years. He does only that which is best for the Indian team. The 35-year-old’s decision to give up captaincy must have been a well thought out one. Until then, we can hope that Virat Kohli, who has already proved himself a great captain in Tests, can replicate the same in ODIs and T20s too.