Lahore: Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar believes Prime Minister Narendra Modi may request MS Dhoni to come back out of retirement and play within the T20 World Cup slated to be held in India subsequent 12 months.
Dhoni, on August 15, introduced his retirement from worldwide cricket, thus brining an finish to an illustrious profession spanning 16 years.
“I think he (Dhoni) could have gone on to play the T20 World Cup. The way India supports its stars, the way they love them, and recognises them, they would have played him in T20s. But it was his personal choice,” Akhtar mentioned in an interview with YouTube channel ‘BolWasim’.
“But again he has won everything, a person from Ranchi has rocked the whole of India, what else do you need. At the end of the day, the world should remember you. And a nation like India, they will never let you get forgotten.”
Dhoni, who made his ODI debut in 2004, modified the face of Indian cricket together with his calm manner, sharp understanding of the sport and astute management qualities. He stays the one captain on the earth to have received all three ICC Trophies – ICC World Cup, T20 World Cup and Champions Trophy.
Akhtar mentioned that the 39-year-old may make a comeback to worldwide cricket on the request of Prime Minister Modi.
“You never know, the Prime Minister may call him and request him to play the T20 World Cup. It is very much possible. Imran Khan was asked by General Zia-ul-Haq not to leave cricket after 1987, and he played,” he mentioned.
“You can’t say no to the Prime Minister.
“I feel Prime Minister of India ought to request him to guide India within the 2021 T20 World Cup,” he added.
The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ additionally mentioned that India owes Dhoni a grand farewell.
“India will be geared up to give him a farewell game, trust me. If he doesn’t want it, it is a different thing, but India will be ready,” the 45-year-old added.
Dhoni turned up for India in 350 ODIs, 90 Checks and 98 T20Is, affecting a staggering variety of 829 dismissals behind the stumps.
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