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Former Australian batsman and current batting coach of CSK, Micheal Hussey believes that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is a champion cricketer and the current break from cricket could provide him an window to introspect himself and make decisions whether he will want to make to the 22-yard strip for Team India again.

"I am obviously not an Indian team selector but I don't think you can ever discount MS Dhoni. You should never write off champions and champion players like him, and he has given so much to the country as a player and as a leader," Hussey said during the podcast (Hotspot: A cricket podcast) hosted by Chetan Narula and former cricketer Deep Dasgupta.

"He still keeps himself in a really good shape,so as long as he keeps himself fit and healthy he will be set to go, and maybe this break is will be  helpful for him to rest and get a break especially from the physical side of matters, because he is highly experienced in this regard.

"It would definitely take time to get his skills to the required level but not as long as other players who don't know their game as well as him. He has a great understanding of his own game as well as the whole game in general. I am not at all worried from the skill perspective," Hussey added.

Mike Hussey and MS Dhoni  Mike Hussey
Mike Hussey and MS Dhoni (Image Credits: IndianExpress)

Dhoni has not been in the limelight ever since the defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semifinals and there has been several speculations over his return to the Indian team.

"The only question is it is upto MS Dhoni himself really. If he is willing to be physically and mentally fully engaged to play for the country at the international level, then I have no doubt he can still do it. But does he want to do it? " asked Hussey.

"Maybe this forced break will give him an great opportunity to mentally refresh and get that hunger to want to do it again for Team India. I am not at all writing him off no question whatsoever, but I think it is upto him, and in his mind,in his heart, whether he still wants to do it or not" he further added.

M.S Dhoni was scheduled to lead to CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL, but due to the ongoing pandemic the tournament has been suspended indefinitely. This again puts a hold on the much anticipated comeback of the Former Indian captain.

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