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Former Indian pacer RP Singh says Dhoni’s and Raina’s decision to retire was a well thought out one

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Former Indian pacer Rudra Pratap Singh talks about the former Indian captain’s decision to retire. Rudra Pratap Singh further says both the veteran cricketers must have given a lot of thought before making it official.

Rudra Pratap Singh is a 34-year-old cricketer from Uttar Pradesh who was part of the 2007 T20 World Cup-winning side under MS Dhoni. The former pacer also said that the former India captain had nothing more to achieve as he had ticked all the boxes, be it as a cricketer or as a skipper.

In a recent interview when R.P Singh was asked what he thought about the decision of retirement of the two veteran cricketers, he said, “See, the decision to retire is a very personal one, when I retired from international cricket I thought I won’t be able to give my 100 percent on the field and perform with the same intensity. So something similar must have gone through their minds as well and they are now completely shifting their focus towards T20 leagues and have realised that making an India comeback won’t happen. I didn’t have a chat with them in this regard but they must have definitely given a lot of thought before taking this decision.”

When R.P Singh was asked if the novel corona virus played a role in the making of this decision, he said, “You can say that. But having said that we also remember that there’s nothing left for MS to achieve. He’s led Team India to T20 and ODI World Cup glories, we became number one in the Tests under his captaincy. Plus age could also be a factor he’s almost 40 now and definitely playing the T20 WC in this year would have been in his mind. I don’t think the COVID-19 factor alone would have influenced his decision. He’s been away from international cricket for a long time as well and his involvement in domestic cricket is a bare minimum. So all these things must have combined to arrive at a conclusion that it is time to bid goodbye to international cricket.”

The former pacer further recalls his memories with the two veteran cricketers and the whole team while concluding the interview. He said, “Ours was a balanced team we had a perfect blend of youth and experience. Yuvraj Singh, Zaheer Khan, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag were the senior players and then there were youngsters like us. Yes, nobody had thought we could win the inaugural season because we hardly had any experience of T20. Only a handful of players in the side had featured in a couple of T20 games prior to the WC nor did we have T20 tournaments in the domestic circuit. So experience-wise we were a little behind but we
were all determined to make an impact.”

“The T20 WC was all about strategies and we saw how MS Dhoni executed his plans throughout the tournament. We took one game at a time and kept setting small targets and continued to achieve them. Everyone had a part to play in the tournament and we performed like well-oiled machinery,” he added.