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Shoaib Akhtar Made A Controversial Statement On MS Dhoni’s Retirement

MS Dhoni’s retirement from the game has become one of the most discussed topics. While the former skipper is keeping silent on his retirement plans, there are a lot of buzz going around his cricketing career.

Recently, former Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar says he cannot fathom why MS Dhoni has “dragged it for so long” as the right time to end his glorious career could have been last year during the ODI World Cup 2019. In the interview, Shoaib Akhtar also talked about what would he have done if he was at his place. He said:

“This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,”

He added:

“If I would have been in his place, I would have hung up my boots. I could have played shorter formats for three-four years but I left (after the 2011 WC) as I wasn’t into the game 100 percent. So why drag?”

Shoaib Akhtar believes that MS Dhoni has served well for his country and deserves a  grand send-off despite the anti-climactic situation right now. He said:

As a country, you should let him go with a lot of respect and dignity. Give him a nice send off. He has won you the World Cup and done wonders for India. He is a wonderful human being at the same time. But right now, he seems to be stuck, When he could not finish the game in the semifinal (against New Zealand). I felt he should have retired but he can only answer why he didn’t,”

He added:

“He should have played a farewell series after the World Cup may be and then said goodbye in a manner befitting his great stature.”

 

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