Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who declared his retirement even before completing the ongoing test series in Australia, should be banned from representing India ever again, said theatre artist Tom Alter.
Alter in an interview said that like Navjot Singh Sidhu and Lala Amarnath, MS Dhoni also left a series overseas in the middle, that too as a captain.
In his article, Alter said, “Both were branded as villains, and traitors and this gentleman leaves a series, that too as captain, and is then eulogized!”
Expessing his displeasure over Dhoni’s retirement from Tests, he said, “Mahendra Singh Dhoni chooses to exit before he is removed and with arrogance, such blind faith in his image.”
“He should be banned from representing India ever again. He has not only broken his contract, he has broken a sacred bond with those of us who truly love Indian cricket and he does not give a damn. Why? Because he is the corporate favourite, the boss and the bosses favourite, and for them losing or winning is not important, it is all brand and money and such total and utter rubbish”.
After helping India to draw the third Test against Australia in Melbourne, Indian skipper MS Dhoni in a shocking decision announced his retirement from Test cricket on December 30. Virat Kohli will lead India in the fourth Test starting on January 6 in Sydney.
Dhoni was unbeaten on 24 in his final Test innings for India on day five of the third Test in Melbourne. However, at the end of the match during the formal press conference for the captain, he didn’t mention about retirement. The news was made public through a BCCI tweet and statement. Earlier also Dhoni had said about his intentions of retiring from Tests after the 2015 World Cup.
He had played 90 Tests for India, scoring 4876 runs, six centuries and affecting 294 dismissals. Dhoni made his Test debut in 2005 against Sri Lanka in Chennai.
Under his captaincy during the last four years, India didn’t win a single series overseas. He captained India in 60 Tests and had 27 wins, 18 losses and 15 draws.