Should MS Dhoni Keep Playing Until T20 World Cup?

MS Dhoni has achieved everything most cricketers can only dream of. Whether it is the success as a captain, as a finisher and or even as one of the best wicketkeepers in the world; the former India skipper has done it all.

However, will his past performances and legendary status enough to earn him a spot in the next T20 World Cup in 2020 in Australia? We know that in recent years MS Dhoni’s power-hitting capabilities have gone down and his strike rate has also dipped in T20 international cricket in the past two years. Here are some stats:

Year

Innings

Dot Ball %

Strike Rate

2019

5

44.6

155.7

2018

5

31.6

116.1

 

So, should he hang his boots as he has been excluded from the list of BCCI’s central contract? Let’s crack the code!

MS Dhoni – A Tactical Genius

One of the significant purposes behind MS Dhoni to remain in the Indian team is his tactics. He has an extraordinary association with current chief Virat Kohli, and these two comprehend and praise each other well. In fact, Kohli has regularly been seen fielding in the outfield, as he is India's best sprinter. While MS Dhoni would be seen assembling the field from within the circle. It is not that Kohli can't do that. It is more about the shared respect for one another.

Dhoni and Kohli sharing a laugh on the pitch

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Quality Wicket Keeper

While fingers have been pointed towards his track-record with the bat, there have never been questions over his wicket-keeping abilities. Ranchi born is by a long margin the best gloveman India has ever delivered. Further, he is straight up there with the world's bests like Adam Gilchrist, Mark Boucher and Kumar Sangakkara. Dhoni is a live wire behind the stumps and he has the stats to prove it.

MOST DISMISSALS IN INTERNATIONAL CRICKET

Player

Matches

Dismissals

Kumar Sangakkara

404

482

Adam Gilchrist

287

472

MS Dhoni

350

444

 

However, we generally contrast him and his older versions, which is somewhat uncalled for. Mahendra Singh Dhoni isn't that power-hitting batsman that he was once and he may never be again. However, with a return of form through IPL 2020, he can thrash the door for the forthcoming World T20 2020.

Batting As A Finisher - Not A Walk In The Park

MS Dhoni has consistently batted in the lower-order with countless wins delivered for team India as a finisher. 

 

Batting Position

Average

6

51.26

 

Regardless of whether it is setting up a total or chasing a target – a finisher in every case needs to bat in immense pressure. To consistently deliver results at this difficult position is an amazing accomplishment.

Dhoni coming in to bat

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One should comprehend that a player is relied upon to falter sometimes when he is batting at such a make or break position. Truth be told, Dhoni has made the majority of the games for India.

MS Dhoni – Making of Kuldeep and Chahal

MS Dhoni words resemble gold for the upcoming players. The Indian wrist spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been instrumental for the Indian group in the white-ball format. However, Dhoni's role in directing youngsters is critical.

Ms Dhoni coaching junior players

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In addition, MS Dhoni's stump mic analysis is notable, and it has had its influence in the upward swing of the progress chart of these two wrist spinners. MS Dhoni has all the experience and he utilizes it superbly.

He has mentored many Indian players, and they have attempted to emulate his example. In this way, he can provide helping hands to the next-generation till the World Cup T20 2020.

Endnote

Dhoni knows his game better than anyone else, and his retirement should be left to him. However, that does not mean he can’t get dropped if he fails to deliver with the bat.

However, for a man who has given so much to cricket, shouldn't he be given one opportunity to be part of team India at the T20 World Cup in Australia?

Featured image courtesy: Hindustan Times