Nasser Hussain has backed MS Dhoni to make an international comeback despite uncertainty looming over the Indian Premier League.
Dhoni has not played for India since his last appearance coming in the World Cup semi-final against New Zealand in 2019. His chances of getting back for the T20 World Cup look bleak with IPL likely to be cancelled this year due to coronavirus pandemic.
"What I have seen of Dhoni, I still think he has a huge amount to offer to Indian cricket," Hussain told Indian broadcaster Star Sports on Saturday.
"Yes, there have been one or two occasions where he has got it wrong in run chases, like that World Cup game against England. But in general, Dhoni is still a really good talent."
Hussain warned against pushing Dhoni into retirement too early as he is once-in-a-generation cricketer.
"Don't push Dhoni into retirement too early. In the end only Dhoni knows his mental state, in the end selectors select and players turn up when asked to," he added.
"I do believe that certain individuals should not just retire into the sunset without some kind of farewell."
Former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth said Dhoni's chances of making a comeback looked "very, very bleak" if the IPL was cancelled.
"Because straightaway, in my opinion, KL Rahul will be the wicket keeper-batsman," Srikkanth added.
"Rishabh Pant, I still think he might be a bit of a doubt, but I believe that Rishabh Pant is highly talented.
"He is absolutely fit, he is a legend, he is brilliant. I am a great fan of Dhoni myself. But the question is for the (T20) World Cup team. So you'll have to put the Indian team first and then the individuals."
Dhoni led India to win the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. He also struck the historical six to seal the 2011 World Cup final victory and earned a status of national hero.