Suggesting an imminent retirement for MS Dhoni, India’s former coach and player Anil Kumble called on the national Selectors and said MS Dhoni deserves a "proper send-off”.
He also said that the selectors need to open a dialogue with MS Dhoni ahead of the T20 World Cup. Anil Kumble is "not sure" whether Mahendra Singh Dhoni fits in the current set-up.
"MS Dhoni certainly deserves a proper send-off, whenever he decides to move on from the sport. But for the team's sake, the selectors need to sit down and have a discussion around what the plans are because it's important that things be communicated," Kumble told CricketNext in an interview.
"I think the selectors will have a take a call as to which is the likely team that you'd want in the World Cup because the World Cup is just a year away," he added.
Kumble said: "You'd want a consistent team to be playing right throughout and that's exactly what didn't happen in the 50-over competition."
MS Dhoni opted for a two-month sabbatical from cricket after an under par showing in the World Cup 2019 and thus missed out on a spot in the squads for the T20Is against the West Indies and South Africa. Already grapevine indicates that the 38-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman doesn't seem to be a sure-shot selection in the team for the T20 World Cup 2020, to be held in Australia next year.
"There were a lot of changes leading up to the World Cup. We were still not sure about who that number 4 would be, the whole World Cup we kept on discussing who should bat at number 4, and that's not what you want leading up to the 20-over World Cup. You'd want all those roles and responsibilities to be fixed and make sure that you have back-ups for certain positions, just in case somebody gets injured or if somebody's out of form," he said.
After registering a 3-0 whitewash against the West Indies in the Caribbean, India's next T20I assignment will be against the visiting South African team.The opening T20I of the three-match series will be played in Dharmasala on September 15. The second and third matches will be played on September 18 and 22 respectively.