As a fan, I want to see MS Dhoni play: Kapil Dev
Dhoni hasn't played since the World Cup semi-final last year.
Updated - Feb 29, 2020 8:52 am
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni hasn’t played a competitive game since India’s heartbreaking exit from the 2019 50-over World Cup courtesy a semi-final defeat at the hands of Kane Williamson-led New Zealand. Dhoni was, unfortunately, run-out courtesy a brilliant direct hit by Martin Guptill, ending whatever hopes the Men in Blue had pulling off a jail-break.
As a dejected- almost broken- Dhoni trudged off the field, fans feared they had seen the last of the three-time ICC Trophy- 2007 T20 WC, 2011 50-over WC and 2013 Champions Trophy- winner in India colours. And, their fears have proved to be true up until now. MS Dhoni made himself unavailable for the tour of West Indies in August and since then various speculations have been doing the rounds.
The Indian coach and the previous selection committee has been giving mixed signals regarding Dhoni’s International future with the latter alluding that they have moved on while the former affirming that the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman could be in contention if he has a good IPL.
Kapil Dev on what Dhoni should do to make a comeback in the Indian team
MS Dhoni is all set to feature for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). His future has been a great source of contention among pundits and former cricketers and now Kapil Dev- India’s first World Cup-winning captain-has offered his views on how he can make a comeback in the national team.
Expressing his wish to see MS Dhoni once again don the Indian jersey, Dev advised the former captain to play as much cricket as possible to get himself back into the zone.
“As a cricketer, it all depends on the management. If you haven’t played for one year, what else you expect. You have to play more matches to make [it to] the team. As a fan, I want to see him (Dhoni) play,” Kapil Dev, India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain and the pacer with the most Test wickets  said as quoted by DNA India.
Meanwhile, MS Dhoni will soon be back in Chepauk where he’ll take part in the pre-season training camp of the Chennai Super Kings ahead of the 13th edition of the IPL The first game of the IPL will be a repeat of the 2019 final and Dhoni will want to start off his renaissance by staging redemption for that heartbreak inflicted by the 4-time champions Mumbai Indians when both sides square-off at the Wankhede on March 29th.