Srinagar, July 26: With dates for Indian Premier League (IPL) announced and the cash rich event set to start in UAE, focus is back on former India skipper MS Dhoni.
The World Cup winning skipper has been out of India team since last playing against New Zealand in World Cup 2019 semifinal in England.
Now the former India cricketer and MS Dhoni’s , Gautam Gambhir has fully backed the Chennai Super Kings skipper to make India comeback.
“Age is just a number, I think if you are in a very good form, if you are hitting the ball really well. MS Dhoni, if he is hitting the ball really well, if he is very good form, if he is enjoying the game and if he thinks that he can still win the game for the country at that number – especially at six and seven,” Gambhir said in Star Sport show ‘Cricket Connected’.
“If he is in great fitness and form, he should continue playing because no one can actually force anyone to retire,” Gambhir said
“A lot of experts can put a lot of pressure on people like MS Dhoni because of their age and stuff but again it’s an individual decision, when you started playing cricket it was your individual decision, ” Gambhir went on to add.
Under Dhoni’s captaincy, India won the inaugural World T20 in 2007, the 2011 ODI World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, among others.
“It does not matter where it goes but if it goes to UAE, it’s a great venue to play cricket in any format and plus most importantly I think it’s going to change the mood of the nation as well, ” Gambhir while expressing his views about IPL being held in UAE said.
“It’s not about which franchise wins or which player scores runs or which guy takes wicket, it’s simply changing the mood of the nation. So this IPL probably will be bigger than the rest of the IPLs because I think this is for the nation, ” He added.