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It’s not about MS Dhoni playing next World Cup, it’s about winning it: Gautam Gambhir

“You might want to give the opportunity to Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson, any young cricketer. They should get the opportunity I think personally if you ask me, I think it’s time for Indian cricket to look beyond Dhoni,” said Gambhir.

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Putting the focus on future of Indian cricket, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir said it is not about MS Dhoni staying till the next World Cup but it is about winning it. He insisted India need to give young wicketkeepers like Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson more opportunities rather than holding on to the veteran Dhoni.

“It is not about Dhoni staying on for the next cricket World Cup, it is about winning the next cricket World Cup. You might want to give the opportunity to Rishabh Pant or Sanju Samson, any young cricketer. They should get the opportunity I think personally if you ask me, I think it’s time for Indian cricket to look beyond Dhoni,” Gambhir told The Indian Express.

Talking about MS Dhoni’s retirement, the southpaw said, “I feel that retirement is a very individual decision. Till the time you want to play you are allowed to play, but you do have to look at the future as well. I do not see Dhoni playing the next World Cup.”

“So whoever is the captain (then), Virat or anyone else, should have the courage to say so, that this player is not fitting into the scheme of things. It’s time for some of the youngsters to get groomed in the next four-five years because ultimately it is not about Dhoni, it is about the country,” he added.