New Delhi: Former Team India director Ravi Shastri has said that the time has come when Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be allowed to enjoy his game by handing over the captaincy to Virat Kohli in all formats.
Speaking to India Today channel, Shastri said that that it was also time for Dhoni to decide how hungry was he to continue playing international cricket.
"By no stretch of imagination, you are taking anything away from MS. He can still contribute massively as a player. Time has come to allow him to enjoy himself, enjoy the game. It also depends on how much hungry MS is, how passionate he is, whether the juices are still flowing. It's a Catch-22 situation but you have to take hard decisions," the former all-rounder Said.
Asked if he feels that Kohli is ready for leading across all formats, Shastri said, "If I am the chairman of selectors, I would be thinking in that fashion, absolutely. It is it time to start thinking. You have to see India has no major event in three years till 2019 World Cup. This is your best chance to think and build."
Shastri was appointed as the director of the Indian cricket team in August 2014 and his contract came to an end after ICC World Twenty20.
BCCI are yet to announce the name of his successor.