The controversial Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has again rippled a controversy with his statements. The speed demon gave controversial comments on veteran Indian star and two times World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni. The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ gave blunt remarks on the Indian wicket-keeper. Shoaib Akhtar suggested that MS Dhoni should have retired after the loss in the semifinal, and he made a drastic mistake by extending his international career.
What happened in World Cup Semi-Final:
India met the eventual runner-up New Zealand in the World Cup semifinals. The Indian bowlers managed to contain the Kiwi batting line up to a decent total, and the onus fell on the batter to take Indians across the victory line. However, the batting faltered the usually strong Indian batting underwhelmed with their performances. The top order failed, and the middle order followed soon after. However, the achievements of Ravindra Jadeja, along with MS Dhoni took India close to the finishing line. Still, untimely wickets of Ravindra Jadeja, coupled with the unfortunate run out of MS Dhoni made sure that India lost the game. MS Dhoni has not played any match since then, and there have been speculations that he might play in the upcoming T20 World Cup.
Shoaib Akhtar blasts MS Dhoni for not announcing retirement:
Shoaib Akhtar has not treated MS Dhoni nicely in his latest comments. The speedster quoted, “This guy has served to the best of his ability. He should leave cricket with dignity. I don’t know why he dragged it for so long. He should have retired after the World Cup,”
He further added, “As a country, you should let him go with a lot of respect and dignity. Give him a nice send-off. He has won you the World Cup and done wonders for India. He is a wonderful human being at the same time. But right now, he seems to be stuck,”
Shoaib Akhtar also questioned why MS Dhoni did not retire after the World Cup. In his conversation with PTI, he added, “When he could not finish the game in the semifinal (against New Zealand). I felt he should have retired, but he can only answer why he didn’t,”