128 days after WC semi-final, MS Dhoni holds his willow
The fans, meanwhile, are desperate to see Dhoni on the field especially after Rishabh Pant's recent struggles with the bat as well as gloves.
Published - Nov 15, 2019 12:01 pm | Updated - Nov 15, 2019 12:01 pm
MS Dhoni has not played international cricket or even any competitive game since the end of India’s World Cup campaign in July. The former India skipper scored a fighting fifty in the narrow semi-final loss to New Zealand. And soon after the tournament ended, he left everyone surprised by taking a sabbatical from the game.
At first, it was assumed that he would return to action at the start of the home series. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman further extended his break and is yet to return to action. As a result, he missed the tour of West Indies as well as the home assignments against South Africa and Bangladesh. But it looks like the long wait to see Dhoni in action is set to come to an end soon.
The veteran cricketer was recently seen hitting the nets for the first time since taking the break. He is currently in his hometown Ranchi and started working on his fitness towards the end of last month. And on Thursday, he was seen having a few hits in the nets.
Here is a clip showing MS Dhoni batting in the nets:
.@msdhoni’s first net session after a long long break.
— MS Dhoni Fans Official (@msdfansofficial) November 15, 2019
The fans, meanwhile, are desperate to see Dhoni on the field especially after Rishabh Pant‘s recent struggles with the bat as well as gloves. The fans chanted Dhoni’s name every time Pant made a mistake during the series against Bangladesh and South Africa. It will be interesting to see whether the selectors recall Dhoni or not for the next limited-overs assignment which is against West Indies at home.
No commentary from MS Dhoni during day-night Test
Recently, there were reports suggesting that MS Dhoni might don the commentator’s hat for the historic day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens later this month. Host broadcaster Star Sports had sent a proposal to the BCCI on Dhoni commentating in the landmark game. However, the legendary cricketer is unlikely to commentate in the game.
As per the latest media reports, Dhoni cannot commentate in the game since he remains a contracted player of the BCCI. As per the existing constitution, Dhoni commentating would also amount to a conflict of interest.