Indian cricketing legend Krishnamachari Srikkanth spoke to Republic TV on Wednesday and said that MS Dhoni should be free to decide when he wants to retire.
Srikkanth was asked if he would like to give any advice to Dhoni and he said, "I think MS Dhoni knows what to do and what not to do. He is such an intelligent player, he had achieved so much in cricket, I'm sure he will take the right position on his own on whatever he wants to do. I think we should leave it to him. I always believe that such senior cricketers, those who have served India so well should have their choice on what to do and what not to do".
Dhoni's future has been a subject of a lot of discussion amogst the fans and even in the media, but he continues to play in select series for the National team. He has not played for the country since the ICC World Cup semi-final against New Zealand and has kept a distance from the team. Dhoni has played for India 538 times, scoring 17266 runs and averaging at 44.96 runs. He also lead the team to lift the ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 and the ICC World Cup in 2011.
He stepped down as the Captain of the Test side midway through India's tour of Australia in December 2014 and stepped down from captaining the national side in white-ball cricket in 2017, making way for Virat Kohli to take over the captaincy. He is referred to as 'captain cool' for his composed demeanor on the field which has been a great benefit to the team to come out of difficult situations.
Recently, a casual post by Kohli on twitter, where he recalled the win over Australia in the 2016 World T20, sparked rumors that the announcement of Dhoni retiring was imminent. Kohli, however, later clarified that it was nothing as such and he had learnt a lesson. He said, "I have learned my lesson that my tweets won't be perceived the way I put them out. I had nothing in my mind and I just uploaded the image sitting at home. I did not even think about it and as I mentioned in the tweet that it was just a really special night for me. I still remember that game and I had not spoken about it so I thought about posting it but the people misunderstood it and it is not true at all.”