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Sunday, 11 January 2015

MSD's Retirement-Is it ill-timed?!

By: Nimisha Acharya



Mahendra Singh Dhoni, unarguably one of the best captains of the Indian cricket team announced his retirement from test cricket a few weeks ago. As it is with all international players, he has had his fair share of fans as well as detractors. His every move and decision was analyzed by so-called experts on national television. The news of his retirement was a shock to the cricketing world as it came right after the 3rd test of the India-Australia series. There are many arguments and discussions regarding this-was this the correct way to retire or a completely ill-timed decision?





His journey from a railway ticket collector to becoming India’s finest captains is admirable. He came as a breath of fresh air at a time when people had lost faith in the team. Slowly and steadily, his calm demeanour and level headed approach led to team India’s victories in different formats of the game. Not even his greatest critics can deny the fact that he brought glory to the nation by captaining the 2011 World Cup winning team and in March 2013, Dhoni became the most successful Indian Test captain when he eclipsed Sourav Ganguly's record of 21 victories from 49 Tests. In June 2013, when India defeated England in the final of the Champions Trophy in England, Dhoni became the first captain to win all the four ICC trophies (Number 1 ranking in Tests, ODI World cup, Champions trophy and the T20 World Cup). Yes, the numbers speak for themselves.



But as it is the norm with our team, the overseas track record is poor as India has won only 6 tests out of 30 under his captaincy. With the team continuing to perform badly overseas, pressure was mounting on Dhoni to quit the job with former players and critics questioning his defensive leadership in the longer format. And all of a sudden the BCCI announced his retirement from test cricket through a press release. He is reluctant to give his fans any answer and instead took to Twitter to announce his retirement from all forms of international cricket after the 2015 World Cup, citing fatigue as the reason. No one knows for sure the reasons and motivations behind this decision. Maybe the BCCI pressurized him. Maybe he felt the team deserves a better leader.




There are some who laud his decision, as it came at the time when India needed a fresh leader, in the form of young Virat Kohli who has been in sublime form. While there are many who feel he abandoned a sinking ship and owes his fans lots of explanations. So what do you all think, did MSD make the correct decision at the right time or did he act in haste?

9 comments:

  1. I feel that the Retirement of MSD is ill-timed...as the world cup is round the corner his retirement will cause a moral break down in a relatively young team...which is not good for a team that is just a few days away from a world cup...Dhoni may not be a very successful test captain but is one of the best ODI captain(he has both the world cup and T20 world cup ) in his kitty ..I feel that MSD's retirement will bring down the spirits of an already 'down' and battered Indian team and is completely ill-timed...

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  2. Not a Dhoni fan actually!! People might say that he brought laurels to the country as a captain, but let's face it, test cricket was never his game! He looked out of sorts, not just as the skipper but also as a player. And it does make sense that he retires from the game as a player too. He came into the series Down Under with an injury as he missed the 1st test And specially with keeping for about 200 overs per match makes his job no easier.given his dismal away Test record it makes sense that he retires specially VK emerging as a very strong skipper. So yep, he hung his boots at the perfect time!!

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  3. I am not a cricket fan altogether but MSD...can't deny being a fan of him. His claim over the ODI captainship has been tremendous and under his reign the country has achieved far more laurels. Though not the best of captains but Dhoni has proved himself as one of the best captains of his time. Had his captainship sustained over some more period India could have bagged in some more achievements. (sighs!) Definitely the captain's retirement seems to be ill timed.

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  4. There is no such thing as perfect timing for anything.Some people feel that Sachin's retirement was ill-timed.Dhoni's decision actually comes at the perfect time and allows the team of selectors to place a new man at the helm who can bring a different method of operation to the Indian team.I am a die-hard fan of MSD but I will be the first to admit that his style of captaincy was not exactly cut out for the test scenario.And this decision actually reduces his mental load and allows him to concentrate on the shorter formats,which are his forte.

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  5. Yep he hung his boots at the perfect time .test cricket was never his cup f tea .his career as a test player was purely instinctive and as a captain was the need f the hour .years from now wen virat becomes succesful as test captain and saha as wkb world may not remember msd but true credit will go to msd for giving them exposure in the aus soil.in the end it boils down to the fact tat no. Of matches he played took a toil on his body .u cant bend down day in day out for so many hours .now dhoni can chanelise his focus on odi ckt

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  6. Well if you go by the stats he is indeed the best Test captain as far as the winning percentage is concerned! Agreed that he struggled in tests individually and India struggled specifically in Overseas conditions, but having said that he had a decent outings in tests! He was always known for his peculiar decision making and channelizing the match as per his thought processes, didn't he? And that's what made him one of his kind! Well, yes the criticism would have been lot less if he would have retired after the 4th Test because it was evident that he isn't being able to cope up with what Test match cricket demands! Here, I would rather say he followed his gut feeling, his instincts to drop the anchor after the 3rd test! May be it was just because of the dissatisfaction that crept on! And he definitely had a vision that there are faces in the team that are having the purple patches in their career and this would undoubtedly reflect if they went on to lead the team. So lets respect of what he has done because he has followed his instincts as he does everytime. He retired as he wasn't helping the team(that's what he might have felt and ofcourse with growing age there is a fitness factor as well). Well he is still there in other formats and lets hope he ends his career on a high. And ofcourse Virat will be an efficient captain in tests! So its a win win situation! Lets enjoy the dynamics of the gentleman's game!

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  7. Honestly, it was just a matter of time - his retirement. While he might have held many in awe of his unconventional thinking, calmness, etc, he was never really made for the Test format. His 'technique' was tailor-made for the limited-overs formats. In the Test arena, his technique was badly exposed. His approach was becoming way too defensive. Obviously, leading a national team with the burden of a billion expectations, that too in all the formats, just like Atlas, carrying the weight of the celestial spheres on his shoulders, has definitiely had some repercussions.His workload was way too much. Also, in India, we have a media which is like the tide. They extol you when you do something good. When your performance takes a beating, they clip your feathers and smash you to the ground. This didn't make his situation any better - the constant scrutiny. So, we should respect his decision and accept that his way of retiring was the 'Mahi Way'.

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  8. Actually every game has just two sides win or lose(though a draw is present),but we can't blame a person entirely for the win or lose that a team bears. After all it is a team effort rather than individual contribution. Yes MSD may be of the form in test cricket but who doesn't face such hard times. Life is after all not a rose of beds. But the immense criticism he faced that is not justified. A captain is always in pressure but still he maintained his temperament all the same. With the selection committee taking decisions in a haste will lead to waste. after all one day Virat will also face the same. Whom to rely on. And if u r strong to ur decisions then why Dhavan is still in team. Actually a poor performance should not be blamed for one's career . And even we lack an experience in test form. The pinnacles of the long form of game are retired. who will blow the counch before the match or give life saving tips for the team .

    I think the golden days are going to end.. We are approaching the dusk unless such offenses are stopped.

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  9. He retired as he is not a very successful test cricketer.....I salute his decision......he decided as a common people ...not as a extra talanted player....his move and decision works at perfect time .....another reason is that at that time.the retirement of captain seems to be ill-timed.......he is the best captain for INDIA CRICKET TEAM....

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