Miscommunication between selectors and MS Dhoni as the latter skips Vijay Hazare Trophy
Dhoni's form with the bat has been a cause of concern for the Indian team of late.
Updated - Oct 14, 2018 5:47 pm
Mahendra Singh Dhoni hasn’t had the best of times in his professional career in the last few months. The former Indian skipper has come under heavy scrutiny for underperforming with the bat and has been heavily criticised. With the World Cup just eight months away, MS Dhoni has left the selectors and the management a conundrum to be addressed.
However, chief selector MSK Prasad has backed MS Dhoni to come good. He said that the Jharkhand batsman will be the first choice keeper for the upcoming mega tournament. Also, in a recent development, Prasad stated that MS Dhoni will participate in the knockout stages of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
MS Dhoni doesn’t want to upset the team balance
However, just a few days after MSK said this, the 37-year-old refused to feature in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He had his own reasons to justify his decision. But, this has left the selection committee headed by Prasad in an awkward situation since he has made a clear announcement a few days ago.
“Dhoni is playing the knock-outs. About Rayudu, I will check and get back,” the chief selector announced a few days ago. However, Jharkhand coach Rajiv Kumar confirmed that the gloveman will not play in the tournament on Saturday.
“Dhoni feels that it would not be fair for him to join us at this stage, given that the team has done so well and reached the quarter-final stage in his absence. He does not want to upset the team balance,” he explained.
This left everyone in a state of confusion and has only left some major embarrassment for selector-turned-cricketer. A BCCI official has also raised a question if Prasad spoke to MS before making the decision.
“I would love to know how MSK Prasad gets in touch with Dhoni,” a BCCI official was quoted saying by the Mumbai Mirror. “Last heard, even VVS Laxman didn’t get a chance to speak to Dhoni before announcing his retirement. Hope he is telling the truth.”