- Dhoni was named in none of the squads.
- He has expressed his unavailability. Having said that we had a certain roadmap and plans till the World Cup.
- He signed off from the marquee event with a well-fought 50-run knock against New Zealand, albeit in a losing cause.
Ever since the Indian cricket team was knocked out of ICC World Cup 2019, speculations have been rife over the future of former Indian captain MS Dhoni – who many believe is past his prime and should draw curtains to his illustrious career.
As MSK Prasad announced India’s squads for upcoming series against the West Indies on Sunday, Dhoni was named in none of the squads.
The move came after Dhoni, an honorary Lt Col of the Territorial Army’s 106th Battalion (Para), informed the BCCI about his decision to serve with his army regiment for the next two months.
At a time when the social media is full of praise for Dhoni’s decision, one of the tweets which triggered a controversy was of former England cricketer David Lloyd – who mocked one of the tweets which confirmed the news.
Fondly known as ‘Bumble’, Lloyd posted two emojis over a piece of news which has led to a huge outrage among Dhoni fans.
After announcing India’s squads for the Windies tour, while Prasad refused to comment on Dhoni’s future, he highlighted the fact that Rishabh Pant – who is the only Indian wicketkeeper to score centuries in Australia, as well as England in Tests, is being seen as India’s first-choice wicketkeeper for all three formats.
“He (Dhoni) is unavailable for the series. He has expressed his unavailability. Having said that we had a certain roadmap and plans till the World Cup.
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Post World Cup, we have laid down a few more plans and we thought of giving as many opportunities as possible to Rishabh Pant and to see, he is groomed. That is our plan right now and we did discuss this with him (Dhoni),” Prasad said.
In World Cup 2019, Dhoni was questioned for his lack of intent in one of the league matches against England where he, along with Kedar Jadhav, did not attempt too many big hits in the death overs despite having wickets in hand.
He signed off from the marquee event with a well-fought 50-run knock against New Zealand, albeit in a losing cause.
Prasad also added that a legendary cricketer like Dhoni knows when to hang his boots. “Retirement is purely individual (decision). A legendary cricketer like Dhoni, he knows when to retire.
What is the future course of action, that is in the hands of the selection committee. I don’t think we need to discuss anything more on it. First of all, he is not available. Second, we have already started grooming youngsters,” he added.