MS Dhoni is arguably one of the best captains India has ever produced. The most successful captain in the history of India, he has been one of the best finishers in the game.
The yesteryear cricketers like Sunil Gavaskar, Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist have always admired Dhoni for his calm leadership qualities. MS has been a true ambassador to the Gentlemen’s game while adhering to the code of conduct both on and off the field. While we indeed drool over his performance in the field in his golden years, the time will come when he will have to hang up his bat.
Here are the 5 reasons why Dhoni should retire after the 2019 world cup
#1 Age Factor
Cricket is a game of strength, the presence of mind, fast reflexes & hand-eye coordination. It is a natural phenomenon that when a person/cricketer ages, his ability to meet up the above criteria degrades. The same goes for MS Dhoni who is 37 years old now.
After the 2015 World Cup, we have not witnessed Dhoni playing his old self. With increasing age affecting his body, it will be a prompt time to bid farewell to the game of cricket after the 2019 World Cup.
#2 Presence of good successor
Dhoni has won all the major events hosted by ICC. He stepped down as the captain of the limited overs formats in January 2017, making way for Virat Kohli.
Being more aggressive than his predecessor, Virat Kohli has led India to remarkable victories during the course of time. Kohli has successfully turned the Indian team into a winner who can take on any opponent both at home and away. The recent example being of Australia-India series.
#3 Youngsters in waiting
When the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman were struggling with their forms, Dhoni as a Captain made some harsh decisions and made way for the younger players by getting the senior players removed from the team.
As rising Indian wicket-keeper Batsmen Rishabh Pant continues to do well in International cricket its time for Dhoni to follow the tradition he started, he should now pass on his gloves to the young talents in the likes of Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, etc.
#4 Struggle with the Bat
In his 5th ODI in 2004, Dhoni smashed 148 off 123 deliveries surpassing the earlier record for highest score by an Indian wicket-keeper. This marked the beginning of Dhoni’s Era which spanned up to 2015.
But after the 2015 World Cup, there has been a decline in Dhoni’s ability to finish the game. It worries the fans as Dhoni only managed to score with an average of only 25 in 13 innings in 2018 with 42 being the highest score.
#5 World Cup 2019
Yes, as an ardent fan of Dhoni, I want him to retire and end his career on a high. There cant be a bigger stage than the World Cup, and we can expect some blistering performance from Dhoni as a finisher for Team India for the last time. World Cup 2019 is the best opportunity for Dhoni to bid farewell to all forms of International Cricket.