Ricky Ponting, the world champion captain, believes that former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni play big role in Champions Trophy but will not be seen playing in the IPL next year. Talking to Australia’s (cricket.com.au) website, Ponting said that the 36-year-old Dhoni will not give his name to the IPL after the current season. Australia’s cricket captain and two-time world champion captain Ricky Ponting believes that former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not be seen playing in the IPL next year. Talking to Australia’s (cricket.com.au) website, Ponting said that 36-year-old Dhoni will not give his name to the IPL after the current season.
Ponting, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, said, “If you look at Dhoni and his age, maybe this will be his last IPL.” Well, I have no right to say and neither do I have the right to say this but I have also passed through this period, so I know that it is not easy to repeat my last spectacular performance at this age.
However Ponting said that the champion can not ignore the players. They always find a way to return. That happened with Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne. Dhoni can also find a way out and win the match for his team. He also said that Dhoni will play a key role in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament to be held in June.
Significantly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is the most successful captain of Team India and IPL, is batting on his form these days. The management of the first Rising Pune SuperJuyant team removed him from the captaincy and replaced the captain Steve Smith as the captain. Now he has not been able to do anything special in the current IPL season except for an innings. There is a lot of criticism in Dhoni during this period. His criticism included the likes of former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly and RPS owner Sanjeev Goenka’s brother Harsh Goenka.
Dhoni and Ponting have been opponents of each other in many matches. Both Dhoni and Ponting have been one of the most successful captains in the world, and both have made their teams twice world champions. After Ponting’s statement, it has become interesting to see if Dhoni will be seen playing in the IPL next year or not.