As World Cup 2019 is coming near, India is hoping for their stalwart MS Dhoni to come back in form and show the dominance he had once with the bat.
No doubt Dhoni is going to play a crucial role in India's journey in World Cup 2019, but if he continues to play the way he performed recently, it may backfire India as well.
Former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman feels that Dhoni's role in the Indian team is going to be extremely important. "MS Dhoni is a legendary player and I believe he will have a big role to play in the 2019 World Cup. He is the best wicket-keeper in the world without a doubt, even now. He is supremely fit," Laxman told Aaj Tak in an interview.
Laxman thinks the former Indian captain should be given enough freedom to bat the way he wants. It will give India a good outcome as it did for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018.
"I am excited with the way he batted in the IPL this year. If he goes out and plays with such freedom, he is still a dangerous player. If he plays his natural game and expresses himself, I am confident he will be very successful in the 2019 World Cup," he said.
Dhoni had a memorable Indian Premier League this year. He scored 455 runs and also led the team to their third title victory.
About retirements, Laxman said it's a tough decision to make for any player. "Retirement decision is always tough because it's your love and passion and you don't know when to leave. It's that inner voice one listens to which I think is the supreme power's voice. In my career, there have been numerous occasions when I have listened to my inner voice. That's what told me it was time to go.
"You have to be satisfied when it comes to the retirement decision. It's not about what people will say and how they see it. That does not matter. What matters is what you feel," he said.