Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) GM of Cricket Operation Saba Karim believes that the Board should retire former Indian skipper MS Dhoni’s jersey number seven as a mark of respect to his stellar international career. Previously, the board did retire Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s number 10 jersey.
Current Indian allrounder Shardul Thakur was also sporting the same number on his jersey, but it resulted in a controversy. In the Khelneeti podcast, Saba said, “I think not only MS Dhoni’s jersey, but the BCCI must also preserve the jerseys of many other Indian legends. By doing this, it gives some much-deserved respect to such legends.”
Dhoni had announced his retirement from international cricket by uploading a video post on Instagram in August which was six years after he retired from Tests cricket. Although he retired from all formats in international cricket, he still plays for CSK (Chennai Super Kings) in IPL (Indian Premier League). He will be only seen in IPL.
Karim still believes to the point that even after he gets retired from domestic cricket also, he will serve Indian cricket. He added, “I hope he can continue serving Indian cricket, just like he did all these years after he stops playing. I wish he keeps mentoring and guided young players at the state level as well. If that happens, it will be great for future Indian cricket.”
Dhoni will now be seen in action in the second half of IPL 2021, held in UAE and Oman.