MUMBAI, April 11: The doubting thomases �should be careful� about what they wish for as there is no second coming for a once-in-a-generation player like Mahendra Singh Dhoni if people �push him into retirement�, former England captain Nasser Hussain said on Saturday.
Hussain, one of the most respected voices in world cricket feels that the soon-to-be 39 year old former India captain still has a lot to offer in Indian cricket.
�Once Dhoni is gone, there is no getting him back. There are some legends of the game, appreciating while around, because they are once-in-a-generation cricketer and don�t push him into retirement too early. Only Dhoni knows his mental state and in the end the selectors select and players turn up when asked to,� 52-year-old Hussain told Star Sports on its new show �Cricket Connected�.
Dhoni last played for India in the World Cup semifinal against New Zealand in July. Since then he hasn�t played any competitive cricket with former legends like Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev making it clear that it�s getting increasingly difficult for the Jharkhand dasher to make an international return after such prolonged sabbatical.
But Hussain, who led England from 1999-2003, feels otherwise.
�Is MS Dhoni still good enough to get in the Indian side? It is as simple as that. That should apply for anyone across the board. What I have seen of Dhoni, I still think MS Dhoni has a huge amount to offer for Indian cricket,� he said. � PTI