• Kumble says Dhoni will give his 100% even after retirement
  • Dhoni will be in action at the upcoming IPL 2020
  • He has led CSK to three IPL titles so far

Former Indian captain Anil Kumble has hailed Mahendra Singh (MS) Dhoni saying the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper will still give his 100% even though he has retired from international cricket.

Dhoni, who served India for 16 long years, recently announced his retirement from international cricket but has said he will continue to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He was one of the most successful captains in the sport, and arguably the best in the limited-overs, being the only captain to have led his team to a victory in all the ICC tournaments – Cricket World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions Trophy.

He has tasted immense success in the IPL as CSK’s skipper. He has led the Chennai-based team to the IPL title for three times so far. Only Mumbai Indians (MI) are ahead of them with four trophies.

Fans are calling for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India number 7 shirt to be retired
Fans are calling for Mahendra Singh Dhoni's India number 7 shirt to be retired AFP / Manjunath KIRAN

The upcoming edition of the IPL is set to take place in the UAE, starting from Sept. 19 and the opening fixture will see CSK and MI lock horns. The group matches will be played across three cities in the UAE - Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

Kumble, who is the head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), spoke to media Tuesday, where he discussed various topics, including Dhoni.

"Knowing MS, he will give his 100%. Even when I played the IPL, the second season, I had retired from international cricket," said Kumble, as reported by Indian media outlet NDTV Sports.

Kumble also pointed out it is disappointing that among the eight franchises in the IPL, only KXIP have appointed an Indian head coach. The other seven teams have overseas bosses - Ricky Ponting (Delhi Capitals), Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders), Stephen Fleming (Chennai Super Kings), Mahela Jayawardene (Mumbai Indians), Trevor Bayliss (SunRisers Hyderabad), Simon Katich (Royal Challengers Bangalore), and Andrew McDonald (Rajasthan Royals).

"I would like to see more Indian coaches in the IPL. It is not a true reflection of Indian resources. I would want to see many Indians being part of the IPL as head coaches. It is a bit of an irony – one Indian as head coach. I think at some point in time there will be a lot more Indian coaches," the KXIP coach added in the same interview.