Sourav Ganguly: India must move on after Dhoni’s retirement

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Former Indian skipper and legend Sourav Ganguly has stated that the Men in Blues must prepare for a life without the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as the two-time World Cup winning captain won’t play forever. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has struggled in the last few months to finish off games, something he was renowned for in his prime. He faced severe criticism after India’s semi-final loss to New Zealand in the 2019 Cricket World Cup and Ganguly claims that the 38-year-old needs to evaluate where he stands.

In an interview with India Today Ganguly said, “Indian cricket will have to get used to this thing that MS (Dhoni) won’t play all the time and won’t play for a longer period. But I feel this decision M.S. has to take.”

He then went on adding that like all good things in life, all great players’ careers will also end one day.

“Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look in football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. Tendulkar, Lara, Bradman… everyone had to quit. This is the way the system has been and will be.”

However, Dada signed off the interview saying that the final decision must be taken by Dhoni himself.

“Players like M.S. Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Tendulkar play for a while and then there are expectations from them that they will play in a certain way and win the games. And I feel that this decision has to be taken by M.S. Dhoni.”