Former India captain MS Dhoni. (Source: Twitter)

Former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajib Shukla has put his weight behind ex-skipper MS Dhoni and said that he has all the right to take a call on his retirement.

“MS Dhoni is a great cricketer and a lot of cricket has left in him. But, it is only who has to decide when he should hang his boots, Shukla told reporters.

The 2011 World Cup-winning skipper has been out of action since India’s exit from 2019 WC semis after they lost to New Zealand.

Later, Dhoni was also omitted from the list of centrally contracted players by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

The right-handed batsman has led India to World T20 triumph in 2007, 50-over World Cup win in 2011 and Champions Trophy win in 2013.

India is currently on a tour of New Zealand. They won the five-match T20I series 5-0 but lost the three-match ODI series 0-3. The two teams will now play a two-match Test series from February 21 in Wellington.

While India’s batting disappointed in the first innings of the warm-up match against New Zealand XI, Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari showed resistance. Pujara notched up 93 while Vihari struck a fine hundred during the course of the innings.


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