Indian former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar expressed happiness after hearing “definitely not” and gave advice to Dhoni ahead of the next IPL season.
Dhoni-led CSK faces worst IPL season
Dhoni-led CSK has their worst IPL season ever and failed to enter the IPL 2020 playoff. Playing 11 seasons(including IPL 2020) so far this is the first season for CSK to eliminate from the playoff.
After announcing his international retirement Dhoni is expected to make an impressive comeback in IPL 2020. With lots of hurdles, CSK struggles to make a comeback in IPL 2020 and ends up holding the lower spot in IPL 2020 points table.
Rumors on Dhoni’s IPL retirement
After this unimpressive tournament, many rumors start regarding MS Dhoni’s retirement from IPL. The rumor spreads like fire when MS Dhoni gave his signed CSK jersey to young players of other teams.
Regarding the rumor, commentator Danny Morrison had asked Dhoni about his IPL retirement after the toss in their last match of the tournament against KXIP.
Dhoni confirmed to play IPL 2021
Danny asked Dhoni “whether this was the last time he was taking to the field wearing CSK jersey,” Dhoni responded by saying “definitely not”.
Definitely NOT 💛
— Times of Sports (@timesofsports) November 1, 2020
Sunil Gavaskar feels happy about Dhoni’s decision
The single word from MSD makes fans to get rid of the unwanted worries. Not only fans iconic Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar also expressed his gratitude towards Dhoni’s decision and ends up giving a piece of advice.
“It certainly does (bring a smile on my face). He has been such a charismatic cricketer, he brings so much joy with his batting, with his wicketkeeping, and leadership qualities. And his general demeanor on and off the field, what a role model he has been. The more we see of MS Dhoni, the better we feel,” Sunil Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“So yes, definitely not. He has got to play on. Well, Sanga said it earlier on as well, he has got to play competitive cricket. Being in the nets is fine but unless he plays competitive cricket, particularly because he is at an age where the reflexes slow down. What do you tend to lose as you get older is your timing.
Everything might look good. You look at yourself in the mirror, nothing has changed. You might actually lose a little bit of weight, you might go to the gym to get stronger and fitter. But your timing changes, the timing in the sense, you think your foot is going towards the ball, but it’s just that much short for you getting a good drive or the ball going in the air,” he added.
Gavaskar suggestion to Dhoni
Gavaskar noted that Dhoni could play domestic cricket to regain his form and score 400 runs in IPL 2021.
“These are little things he has to look at. That means he has to play domestic cricket. There might be no domestic cricket. In that case, not much can be done. But the more he plays competitive cricket actually matches… in the nets, there will be no pressure, match brings pressure. If he does that, I think he will be good to score 400 runs next year as well,” Gavaskar said.