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Friday 20 January 2017
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I would have staged dharna if MS Dhoni had retired, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar is elated that MS Dhoni has only quit the limited overs captaincy and not retired from the International cricket, as he feels Dhoni has a lot to offer to the current Indian team.

“If he had quit as a player, then I would have the been the first one outside his house, having a dharna asking him to make a comeback. As a player, he is still a destroyer. He change fortunes of the game in a single over. India needs him as a player very very badly. I am happy that he has decided to stay on as a player,” Gavaskar told NDTV.

Dhoni not being captain anymore will help both his batting and wicketkeeping, said Gavaskar.

“Yes (it will). Virat would definitely use Dhoni at number four or five because having him further down the order doesn’t make any sense. Yes, he is a finisher but he can play a big innings at four or five and still end up as a finisher.

“The wicketkeeping will be a lot easier because he will not be thinking about the bowling changes and field placements, which can sometimes distract you,” said Gavaskar.

Former legend also sees Dhoni and heir apparent Virat Kohli complementing each other on the field.

“It will certainly help India because MSD’s calm and composure will certainly help Virat. Often in Test cricket there is time to rectify your mistakes but in limited overs cricket, things happen fast and there is not much time so sometimes you might taken an impulsive decision which is where MSD will come in very very handy.”