The Indian selectors need to have a conversation about MS Dhoni's future with the national team and then prepare for a befitting send-off for the legendary former captain if necessary, another ex-India captain Anil Kumble has said.
Kumble, who passed on the Indian Test captaincy to Dhoni in 2008, has also said that while Rishabh Pant has shown a lot of ability to be a regular at least in the T20 format, the latter needs to be more consistent.
"I'm not really sure. I think Pant has certainly made a lot of claims as a keeper-batsman, especially in the T20 format. So, it's important to have a conversation and you need to have a proper send-off, he certainly deserves that," Kumble told a cricket website when asked if he would like to see Dhoni continue in international cricket.
Dhoni had sat out the T20I series against the West Indies immediately after the World Cup and is not available for the upcoming home series against South Africa.
Kumble also said that if Dhoni is really in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup next year, he should be playing every game.
"For the team's sake, the selectors need to sit down and have a discussion around what the plans are because it's important that things be communicated. If the selectors believe that Dhoni is in the scheme of things for the T20 World Cup, then I think he should be playing every game."
"If he's not, then it's important that they have a discussion around how they need to make this happen. I think they need to do that in the next couple of months," Kumble said.