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Dhoni deserves right to decide his future: Gundappa Viswanath

Batting stalwart Gundappa Viswanath feels that India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has “achieved enough” to have the right to decide on how long he wants to continue playing international cricket.

Dhoni’s indifferent form of late, after quitting Test cricket, has been a talked-about issue but Viswanath backed the Jharkhand dasher. “I think retirement is an individual decision which cannot be forced on someone. He has done enough and he knows the best as to when exactly is the right time for him to go.

Also, times have changed in Indian cricket,” the 66-year-old Viswanath told a news agency during an interaction. “I believe the BCCI as well as the selectors give a player ample indication so that he can prepare for his exit.

It wasn’t exactly the same earlier. There would be times, when a player would be dropped for good and would never make a comeback,” he said. The veteran of 91 Tests gave thumbs up to Test captain Virat Kohli’s attacking approach and doesn’t mind him going for a win irrespective of the match situations.

“The results of the Indian Test team under Virat Kohli, has been good so far. It is a young team. It is a good side especially as far as batting is concerned. I like Virat’s attitude of trying to go for a win. You should always try to grab the opportunities that comes your way. That is obviously a very good sign and he should continue being like this,” he feels. During his playing days, art of saving a Test match was considered as important as art of winning a Test match.

Drawing attention during last year’s Adelaide Test, where Kohli could have ideally downed the shutters and saved the match, Viswanath said it is a learning process.

“He is a young captain. So he will certainly learn the ropes one by one with experience. Now if you are talking about saving a Test match or how Sunil Gavaskar was an expert at doing so, then you have to understand that times have changed.” 

“When Sunny (Sunil Gavaskar) was playing, look at the record books, an ideal Test match day would have 65-70 overs.
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