Here is why Mahendra Singh Dhoni should listen to Gary Kirsten

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 2 November 2016, 18:51 IST

Gary Kirsten, on 1 November, during a press conference in Police Gymkhana in Mumbai, asserted that Dhoni should not be replaced and he should continue playing as the captain of India in limited over cricket.

"If anyone doubts his ability, I think they would be making a grave mistake. You replace MS Dhoni at your peril," said Kirsten. He further added, "The experience that I have had is that all great leaders have great performances until the end of their careers. Till the end. So if you're willing to let MS Dhoni go, and you know that he might have potentially a great World Cup performance left in him, then you take the risk of that."

When Kirsten coached team India, he was widely remembered as saying, "I would go to war with this guy by my side."

India defeated New Zealand 3-2 in the recently held five match One Day International under the captainship of Dhoni. However, Dhoni's not-so-good performances in recent times have raised some questions about his retirement. While some believe he still has some gas left in the engine for the next ICC World Cup 2019, there is always another group who feel it's time for Dhoni to pass the baton to Virat Kohli.

Commenting on Dhoni's retirement, the former Indian coach said, "There comes a time for a great player when he has to consider for himself whether he should still be in the team or not, or if it's time to move on. But I think we'll leave that decision to him," he said.

Here are some of the reasons why MSD should not retire now:

  1. The whole world remembers the final nail-biting over of Joginder Sharma, which brought India the maiden ICC T20 World Cup 2007. Defeating Australia in the semi-final, India was up against Pakistan in the finals of the T20 WC.