Former India cricketer Saba Karim feels that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should retire MS Dhoni’s iconic number 7 jersey as a mark of respect to his remarkable contributions towards Indian cricket.
Dhoni is one of the most successful captains in the history of the game, who led his side to three major ICC titles (2007 T20 World Cup, 2011 ODI World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy).
The legendary wicketkeeper-batsman recently celebrated his 40th birthday and he was wished by many fans and greats of the game from all corners.
Karim has said that not only Dhoni, but the BCCI should also consider retiring the jerseys of other Indian legends as it will preserve their legacy.
Speaking on the Khelneeti podcast, the 53-year-old said, “I think not only MS Dhoni’s jersey, but the BCCI must also preserve the jerseys of many other Indian legends. They must also ensure that the jersey number of that legend is not worn by anyone else.
“In this manner, one can recognize the achievements and the contributions of the greats of Indian cricket. Most importantly, by doing so you give some much-deserved respect to such legends,” the ex-selector added.
MS Dhoni was last seen in national jersey during the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup against New Zealand. He announced his retirement from international cricket last year in August.
However, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper continues to play in the Indian Premier League.