Only a player knows how much of his match-winning ability is intact: Ganguly on Dhoni
MS Dhoni (AFP Photo)

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly says it’s time for MS Dhoni to re-evaluate his contribution to the team and whether he’s still capable of performing at the level he has been over the years.

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There have been speculations over the retirement of Dhoni who was expected to make the decision following the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. More fuel was added to the rumours when he decided to skip the ongoing tour of West Indies before chief selector MSK Prasad put them to rest.

But Ganguly feels Dhoni has to ask himself if he can continue to win India matches on his own. “He is at that stage of his career where he has to evaluate where he stands. He has to decide if he can win matches for India. If he can continue to contribute like MS Dhoni, not someone else,” Ganguly told India Today.

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He further added that only Dhoni can make the decision to retire. “Because with players like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, until they play, there will be expectations that they will play like in this way and win matches in this fashion. I think Dhoni has to make this decision. Only a player knows how much fuel is left in the tank and how much of his match-winning ability is intact,” he said.

Dhoni’s retirement is inevitable, a fact Ganguly wants the Indian cricket to get used to. “Indian cricket will have to get used to the fact that MS Dhoni won’t be playing forever and he won’t be around for too long. But I believe this decision has to be taken by Dhoni himself.”

“Every big player has to hang up his shoes. That’s sport. Look at football, Maradona had to quit. There hasn’t been a bigger player than him. Tendulkar, Lara, Bradman.. everyone had to quit. This is the way system has been and will be. So this scenario will come for MS as well,” Ganguly said.