Sushant Singh Rajput on Saturday said the decision to hang his boots on his glorious international career rests with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the man himself.
The actor, who starred as the former Indian cricket captain in the biopic, "MS Dhoni: The Untold Story", said the cricketer is an able leader who is fit to take a call on his retirement.
"When we read a book on leadership qualities, he has all of them. So when a person like him who has served India for such a long time, I believe he is the best person to make this decision (to retire), no one else," Sushant said at an event.
The actor said he was a "huge" Dhoni fan even before he started working on the 2016 film. "When you look at someone from a fan's eyes, then you can't judge them. For me, he is the best wicketkeeper-batsman ever," he added. An avid cricket admirer, Sushant also talked about the ICC T20 World Cup and said he is geared up to watch an India-Pakistan match in the upcoming tournament.
"When I was in school, I used to memorise the holiday calender before the session began. I do the same when India is going to play the matches, especially the ones between India and Pakistan. I don't do anything a day before the match. We have always won, why will we lose it this time?" he said.
Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan said, "Dhoni has been playing for so long, I feel he understands when he should retire. This should be his decision. He has taken very important decisions so far for India in his career and I'm sure he will make the call when the time comes. That's the quality of a big leader. He knows the potential of every player and knows to what extent a player should be backed. He knows how to make a champion out of a player. India's success during his captaincy justifies this. His (Dhoni's) control is his biggest quality. Dhoni Bhai has been quite successful as the captain of the side. We are all very grateful to him and we respect him a lot, and the same goes for Virat."